Ortofon 2M Red

Product Code: ORC028


ex-vat: £ 79.13

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 Red is the entry model in the range, and features an elliptical stylus.

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

Press Reviews

“The Red easily resolves the inner detail of the brass ensemble during Holly Cole’s The Briar and the Rose. This section can sound brittle and synthesized on CD but one of the 2M’s strengths is the lower midrange, which is critical to imparting the energy of these instruments. In comparison to the 2M Black, the Red clocks in as a little drier and sounds as if it’s making more of an effort in the upper treble. Keep in mind that, although it lacks some of the velvety finesse and smooth harmonic finish of the Black, this is one sophisticated and musical cartridge—for the price of a nice dinner for two.”


“…Ortofon cartridges are very informative…well extended at both frequency extremes…this one seems to fit the pattern…. The treble is notably clean and tidy, full of life without ever becoming strident or harsh…. Bass is assured…. Tracking very confident…”


“The midrange is full and expressive, handling vocals with sensitivity and warmth. The bass and treble interact well here, and while we’d like more authority from the bass, it’s a minor quibble that we can live with. “



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
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
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
Cartridge weight
7,2 g
Replacement stylus unit
2M Red (interchangeable with 2M Blue)
Stylus protection guard
2M Red