We say: In a nutshell, the Ortofon 2M Blue is the best choice in cartridges up to $500
- The 2M Blue's Nude diamond is directly connected to the cantilever to allow better energy transfer and more dynamic mids and lows.
- The cartridge body is manufactured from Hopelex. which fights resonances
- The 2M Black uses a special upgraded engine, featuring split pole pins with copper wire.
The 2M Blue adds more dynamics and resolution, sounds more open and reproduces more details compared to the 2M Red model.
What they say:
Sound Matters July 2020
Ortofon 2M Red vs 2M Blue - is it worth the upgrade?
By Marc Henshall
"...The 2M Blue is a simple and easy upgrade that anyone can make to add more detail and definition to an already great cartridge. I found myself wanting to listen back to some of my all-time favorite albums, as the Blue stylus certainly revealed a little extra depth and detail that was pushed further back with the 2M Red..."
Hi-Fi News February 2008
The Ortofon 2M Blue cartridge
Reviewed by Andrew Harrison
"...the Ortofon worked fine from new and cold...well - focused and relatively neutral sound, tidy and tuneful...
...more focused around a level midband....could find low bass where needed...
...had a very impressive ability to sound balanced...
...allowing a performance to be listened into with ease...
...will suit anyone after a more natural sound.."
Output voltage at 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec. - 5.5 mV
Channel separation at 1 kHz - 25 dB
Channel separation at 15 kHz - 15 dB
Frequency range at - 3dB - 20-25.000 Hz
Frequency response - 20-20.000 Hz + 2 / - 1 dB
Compliance, dynamic, lateral - 20 µm/mN
Stylus type - Nude Elliptical
Tracking force range - 1.6-2.0 g (16-20 mN)
Tracking force, recommended - 1.8 g (18 mN)
Internal impedance, DC resistance - 1.3 kOhm
Internal inductance - 700 mH
Recommended load resistance - 47 kOhm
Recommended load capacitance - 150-300 pF
Cartridge colour, body/stylus - Black/Blue
Cartridge weight - 7.2 g
2M PnP MkII cartridge with integrated headshell weight - 20 g
2M PnP MkII cartridge with integrated headshell length - 52 mm
Replacement stylus unit - 2M Blue (interchangeable with 2M Red and 2M Silver)