Ortofon 2M Black

Product Code: ORC031


ex-vat: £ 432.50

The Ortofon 2M series of moving-magnet cartridges (“2M” refers to the two Ms in “moving-magnet”) was developed by the same designer responsible for the legendary Ortofon Jubilee and Kontrapunkt cartridges. The Ortofon 2M Black is the top model in the range, and features a nude Shibata stylus.

The 2M series is the latest edition in Ortofon’s long history of great moving-magnet cartridges.

Press Reviews

“The Black’s greatest attribute, however, was how it provided a more transparent window into the world of micro-energies—all the tiny things we listen for which coalesce to create the inner life of a great recording. These include (but aren’t limited to) amplitude gradations, dynamic and transient information, and timing differences…. In a market where moving coils get most of the buzz, the 2M Black is a superb performer and value. It deserves to garner the attention of bereaved V15 aficionados and make converts of the more curious moving-coil devotees.”


“Apart from being finely detailed, silky smooth and completely engaging at a musical level, the Black also has the peculiar quality of sounding totally cohesive, just like the Kontrapunkt b…. The Ortofon 2M Black has to be one of the best moving magnet cartridges currently available, as well as one of the most practical, due to its high output, normal tracking force and weight. This is a masterful design for anyone keen to get the best from LP, without moving up to the complexities, cost and delicacy of moving coils….” (November 2007)


“The Ortofon 2M Black does a very good job of reproducing the music engraved in the grooves of your records. That it does so at about half the price of the best moving-magnet cartridge I’ve ever heard is icing on the cake. This is an Ortofon, after all, a company that knows how to build a top-quality moving-magnet cartridge at reasonable prices. The 2M Black sits at the pinnacle of Ortofon’s new 2M lineup, so we can rest assured that it represents the company’s up-to-the-minute thinking in moving-magnet design. No, it’s not the best moving-magnet cartridge on the market—no single cartridge can ever make that claim—but it certainly can stand with anyone else’s offering. The 2M Black is a contender for those seeking a high-quality moving-magnet cartridge. Well done, Ortofon, well done indeed.”



Output voltage at 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec.
5 mV
Channel balance at 1 kHz
1 dB
Channel separation at 1 kHz
26 dB
Channel separation at 15 kHz
15 dB
Frequency range at - 3dB
20-31.000 Hz
Frequency response
20-20.000 + 2 / - 0 dB
Tracking ability at 315Hz at recommended tracking force
80 µm
Compliance, dynamic, lateral
22 µm/mN
Stylus type
Nude Shibata
Stylus tip radius
r/R 6/50 µm
Tracking force range
1,4-1,7g (14-17 mN)
Tracking force, recommended
1,5 g (15 mN)
Tracking angle
Internal impedance, DC resistance
1,2 kOhm
Internal inductance
630 mH
Recommended load resistance
47 kOhm
Recommended load capacitance
150-300 pF
Cartridge colour, body/stylus
Cartridge weight
7,2 g
Replacement stylus unit
2M Black (interchangeable with 2M Bronze)
Stylus protection guard
2M Black