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Ortofon 2M Red Plug and Play Cartridge

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Ortofon 2M Red
Brand: Genuine Ortofon
Our Part: 2m-Red-PnP
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ORTOFON 2M Red Plug n Play Cartridge




2M Red Plug and Play model

The new 2M headshell is a practical and elegant solution for our customers who wish direct and easy mounting and replacement on their tonearm. The combination of 2M Headshell and 2M Series cartridge adds unique distinction to the turntable!

 

2M-Red PnP2M Headshell features:

  • Universal mount fitting a wide range of tonearms. NB: on Technics models please use the auxiliary weight which is vital in this case. 
  • For curved S shaped tonearms only! Not for Japanese type straight arms.
  • The headshell body is manufactured from a special compound used for Medical industry, ensures high rigidity while reducing unwanted vibration
  • Elegant hi-tech design
  • Length 52mm. Headshell with a 2M cartridge pre-mounted provides correct Baerwald alignment with Ortofon TA-110/210, likewise with the major part of tonearms with universal mount   
  • Weight 16,9g, weight with a 2M cartridge pre-mounted 23g
  • Exclusive plug-and-play solution



from http://www.positive-feedback.com/Issue39/ortofon2m.htm :
"The 2M series is available in four different iterations, which are divided into two tiers. The 2M Red ($99) and Blue ($199) share the same plastic cartridge body and engine, but where the Red uses a standard ellipitical stylus, the Blue employs a polished, nude ellipitcal diamond. The second tier is comprised of the Bronze ($389) and Black ($669), which share an advanced Noryl/glass composite body and a more sophisticated engine. The Bronze sports a nude fine-line diamond, while the Black has a top-of-the-line Shibata profile. Both the Bronze and Black also use silver-plated wire internally instead of copper. Styli are interchangeable within both tiers, so the buyer of a Red can cost-effectively upgrade to Blue for only the price of the stylus unit. Ditto with the Bronze and Black."

From Ortofon:

The Orotofon 2M logoThe 2M series were developed in conjunction with Danish designer Møller Jensen Design – the same designer who designed the award winning MC Jubilee and Kontrapunkt series.  Inspired by the facets of a diamond, whose contours gracefully trace the grooves on a record’s surface, the 2M’s handsome elegance establishes a great combination of form and functionality. 

2M are designed for precise and accurate retrieval of the information in the record groove. Our philosophy is to play the record sound as accurate as possible, without coloring the sound. We have optimized the design for ease of mounting the cartridge, weight and size to fit the most common turntables at the market today.

The name 2M was selected among several ideas. We wanted a modern name which should be easy to pronounce and to remember, and therefore an alpha numerical name was chosen. 2M means MM, which is the abbreviation for moving magnet. 

Of course the 2M isn’t just another pretty face. It has been engineered to the highest standards and is congruent with Ortofon’s unrelenting commitment to providing the most precise and accurate reproduction possible without coloration.

The 2M series of cartridges feature Ortofon’s trademark split pole pins, an invention which enables moving magnet cartridges to have a flat frequency response, as with a moving coil cartridge.  Split pole pins were invented by Ortofon, and were originally presented in the 500 series and Super OM series.  The 2M Red uses an improved engine, which provides an increased output of 5.5mV. 2M red features a tipped elliptical diamond.
 

   

Technical data 2M Red / 2M Red Verso

 
Output voltage at 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec. 5,5 mV
Channel balance at 1 kHz  1,5 dB
Channel separation at 1 kHz 22 dB
Channel separation at 15 kHz 15 dB
Frequency range at - 3dB 20-22.000 Hz
Frequency response 20-20.000 Hz + 3 / - 1 dB
Tracking ability at 315Hz at recommended tracking force 70 µm
Compliance, dynamic, lateral 20 µm/mN
Stylus type Elliptical
Stylus tip radius r/R 8/18 µm
Tracking force range 1,6-2,0g (16-20 mN)
Tracking force, recommended 1,8 g (18 mN)
Tracking angle 20°
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/Red
Cartridge weight 7,2 g
Replacement stylus unit 2M Red (interchangeable with 2M Blue)
Stylus protection guard 2M Red










































Rating Very Nice Caetridge
 
Like listening to silk! This is a very nice sounding cartridge. The lift arm is quite short, but doesn't affect the useability. It's also quite a bit heavier than my stock headshell mounted with a Pickering XV-15 cartridge. Pushed my counterweight almost all the way to the back of the tonearm. Overhang was spot on. Oh, I'm using this on a JVC QL-A2 turntable. Good value, great sound!
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Reviewed by:  from North of 49. - 4/16/2015
5/5
Rating Easy to deal with and great sound!
 
So much clarity coming out of my records now! Also, the PnP cartridge made it very easy to handle!
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Reviewed by:  from Kolding, Denmark. - 10/2/2014
5/5
Rating Good product
 
This is a good product, it definitely adds warmth and definition in the midrange. The difference is not enormous, but after switching back to my old cartridge to check the difference, I couldn't take it anymore and put this one back immediately! I use a Technics 1200 and you NEED extra counterweight with this one, it's too heavy otherwise.
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Reviewed by:  from New York City. - 12/1/2015
4/5

Q: Will these Ortofon P-n-P's, namely the 2m Red work on a straight arm, such as found an an old Hitachi HT 60-S? I know there are less expensive AT options available, but I was thinking of future-proofing. I plan to get a Pro-Ject next Spring, and would keep the Ortofon P-n-P as a back-up headshell and cartridge...but for now would use it on my old Hitachi, if that arrangement would even work...thanks.
Asked by:  - 12/31/2013
A: For curved S shaped tonearms only! Not for Japanese type straight arms.
please read http://www.turntableneedles.com/all-in-one-phono-cartridge-solution
to find the product section for straight tonearms.


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