Ortofon 2M Red Moving Magnet Cartridge

Discover the Ortofon 2M Red, a moving magnet (MM) phono cartridge that brings your vinyl collection to life with unparalleled musicality.
$99.00
$99.00

Ortofon 2M Red: Immerse Yourself in the Music

Discover the Ortofon 2M Red, a moving magnet (MM) phono cartridge that brings your vinyl collection to life with unparalleled musicality. As the entry-level model in the 2M series, the 2M Red is designed to provide an open, dynamic sound with a touch of warmth, making every listening session a step into the music itself.

The 2M Red integrates Ortofon's split pole pin technology, offering precise sound reproduction that captures every nuance of your favorite tracks. Its Elliptical stylus and optimized engine deliver a high level of sonic accuracy and an engaging audio experience that's both forgiving and immersive.

Key Features

  • Elliptical stylus for detailed sound reproduction
  • Engineered for an optimal output of 5.5 mV
  • Split pole pins for precise sound reproduction
  • Easy mounting on a wide range of turntables
  • Designed and crafted in Denmark for high-quality performance

Technical Specifications

Specification Details
Channel Balance at 1 kHz 1.5 dB
Output Voltage at 1 kHz, 5cm/sec 5.5 mV
Channel Separation at 1 kHz 22 dB
Channel Separation at 15 kHz 15 dB
Frequency Response 20 Hz - 20 kHz, +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 1.6-2.0 g (16-20 mN)
Recommended Tracking Force 1.8 g (18 mN)
Tracking Angle 20°
Internal Impedance, DC Resistance 1.3 kOhm
Cartridge Color Black/Red
Cartridge Weight 7.2 g
Premounted Cartridge Weight 16.7 g
Recommended Load Resistance 47 kOhm
Internal Inductance 700 mH
Recommended Load Capacitance 150-300 pF

 

Cartridge Installation

  1. Preparing the Cartridge: Before installation, ensure the stylus cover is securely in place. Handle the cartridge carefully as it is very fragile, and damage can often be costly.

  2. Mounting the Cartridge: Attach the cartridge to the tonearm using the supplied hardware. Do not overtighten; ensure the cartridge is snug but can be adjusted for alignment.

  3. Connecting Lead-Out Wires: Attach the color-coded lead-out wires (red, blue, green, and white) to their corresponding pins on the cartridge. Use pliers gently to secure the connectors if they are loose.

  4. Setting Tracking Weight and Bias: Initially, set the tracking weight for balance. Add an extra 1.5-2.0g to ensure the cartridge sits correctly in the record groove. Set arm bias to zero.

  5. Aligning the Cartridge: Use a tracking alignment gauge and adjust the cartridge at various points along the tonearm path until it aligns correctly, ensuring minimized distortion and record wear.

  6. Final Adjustments: Once aligned, tighten the mounting bolts without overdoing it. Adjust the tracking weight within the manufacturer’s recommended range using scales to fine-tune sound quality.

  7. Tonearm Height Adjustment: If possible, adjust the tonearm height to be parallel with the record surface during playback, adjusting according to the specific cartridge design for optimal sound quality.

Moving Coil vs Moving Magnet Cartridges

Moving Magnet (MM) Cartridges are known for their high output and user-replaceable styluses, making them cost-effective and easier to maintain. They generally provide excellent value with dynamic sound quality and are suitable for a wide range of phono stages.

Moving Coil (MC) Cartridges offer superior sound reproduction with enhanced clarity and detail. They have a lower output which may require a specific phono preamp. The stylus on an MC cartridge is typically not user-replaceable, meaning higher maintenance costs or replacement expenses if damaged.

Both types have their merits, and the choice between a moving coil and a moving magnet cartridge often comes down to personal preference and the specifics of your audio setup.

Other Turntable Offerings from Audio Exchange

Explore our diverse selection of turntable accessories and cartridges to enhance your vinyl experience:

  • Ortofon 2M Black, Mono, and Blue Cartridges: Check out our other variants of this Ortofon cartridge.

  • Audio-Technica Turntable Cartridges: Known for their excellent frequency response and reliable performance across a wide price range.

  • Replacement Stylus and Pre-Mounted Headshells: We offer a variety of replacement styluses and pre-mounted headshells to suit your needs.

  • Phono Preamps: Optimize your turntable's performance with our high-quality phono preamps, designed to match internal impedance and reduce surface noise.

  • Record Players: From entry-level models to high-end units featuring acrylic platters, our record players are designed to deliver rich bass and clear audio fidelity.

  • Speakers: We have a wide selection of speakers to choose from for optimal sound quality.

Each of these products is designed to meet the needs of both entry-level users and audiophile vinyl enthusiasts, ensuring a superior listening experience with minimal distortion.

Shipping:

Enjoy free shipping on orders over $99 within the continental US. For orders under $99, a $4.95 flat rate applies. Orders are processed promptly, with most orders placed by 2pm EST shipped the same day. We ship only within the continental US and cannot change shipping addresses post-purchase.

30-Day Hassle-Free Returns:

At Audio Exchange, your satisfaction is our priority. If you're not completely satisfied with your purchase, you can return most items within 30 days for a full refund. Returns must be in ‘like new’ condition. Initiate your return on our website and send items back to: 6007 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220.

Exceptions: Open box headphones, cartridges, and stylus’ are subject to a 15% restocking fee. Opened in-ear headphones and turntables cartridges or stylus’ with a broken needle are non-returnable.

Questions? Email us at audioexchangervb@gmail.com.

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