Ortofon 2M Black MM Cartridge
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Ortofon 2M Black MM Cartridge

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Winner of The Absolute Sound 2008 "Product of the Year" Award!

£437.50 Exc. VAT |  |

Ortofon 2M Black MM Cartridge

The flagship Ortofon 2M Black utilizes a Shibata stylus (usually not found on cartridges any where near this price). With a heavily upgraded generator and a proprietary body material, the 2M Black is exceedingly fast, detailed yet supremely musical. An excellent value and has earned our highest recommendation!

“The 2M Red is the entry level and 2M Black is the flagship. The 2M Black has a light, fast touch with good treble extension. Its greatest attribute is the way it provides a more transparent window on the world of micro-energies, permitting it to plumb the depths of soundstaging and dimensionality. Their performance is a fitting tribute to Ortofon and chief engineer Per Windfield!”
            - Neil Gader, The Absolute Sound, Product of Year Award Issue, January 2009

The 2M series of cartridges feature Ortofon’s trademark split pole pins, an invention which enables moving magnet cartridges to have flat frequency response, just like a moving coil cartridge.  Ortofon invented the Split pole pin technology and were originally offered in the 500 series and Super OM series. 

The 2M series was developed in conjunction with Danish designer Møller Jensen Design – the same designer who designed the award winning MC Jubilee and very successful 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.

The 2M series is designed for precise and accurate retrieval of the information in the record groove. Ortofon's philosophy is to make cartridges which reproduce the record grooves as accurately as possible, without coloring the sound. The 2M series design has been optimized for ease of mounting and their weight and size fit virtually any current turntable. 


  • 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 20°
  • 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 Black/Black
  • Cartridge weight 7.2 g
  • Replacement stylus unit 2M Black



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Amazing Cartridge and fantastic service!
21 June 2022  | 

I accidentally broke the styles on my existing one and then the mad rush of trying to find a replacement. I was let down by one supplier and then eventually someone recommended I got in touch with the guys at Analogue Seduction, who had the item in stock so quickly placed the order and the replacement arrived by DPD in less than 24hrs. Fantastic! Highly recommend and the quality of the product I can't fault. Just need to be more careful

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Ortofon 2M Black
27 September 2019  | 

I bought the Ortofon 2M Black online and it arrived quickly and very securely packed which was reassuring.

I fitted the cartridge to my Rega Planar 8 and set up was very simple.

The sound is excellent. As good as I have heard from a MM cartridge. I went for a MM as I have a Naim Stageline phono stage which,, I understand, doesn’t gel with the Rega cartridges.

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Awesome upgrade
24 August 2017  | 

My records have practically come alive with the 2M Black on my Clearaudio Concept TT!
Was using the Concept MM V2 that came with the TT and chose the 2M Black instead of a MC cartridge. Also added a Musical Surroundings Nova 2 to the mix.
Thoroughly enjoying the 'new' sound.

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11 of 16 people found this review helpful.

Big step up from 2m blue version
02 September 2015  | 

I recently bought this as an upgrade for my avid diva 2 turntable and rega tonearm. I was using the blue cartridge and thought it was excellent, but the black really does bring out fine detail and extra bass slam with the tannoy kensington gr speakers.

I would recommend the avid adjustment mirror tool for the cartridge however as the rega cardboard alignment tool was very poor.

Great cartridge for under 500 quid

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