We have optimized the design for ease of mounting the cartridge, and the weight and size to fit the most common turntables on the market today. The 2M Series provides excellent compatibility when used in an assortment of playback systems and with a wide variety of phono preamps.

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

The 2M series of cartridges features Ortofon’s trademark split pole pins, an invention that 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.


  • 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

Like closely priced rivals, the 2M Red tracks at 1.8g, and we found it simple to fit and align, with its combination of a large, solidly built casing and captive nuts easy to manage.
Ideally, the Ortofon would be more responsive and pack a bit more power into its performance, but as it stands, it's a more-than-enjoyable listen.