Ortofon 2M Red

Moving Magnet Phono Cartridge


Ortofon 2M Red

Moving Magnet Phono Cartridge

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The 2M Red is the first model in the 2M series and is considered by many to be one of the best values in HiFi. It uses the trademark split pole pins design and delivers great channel separation. This cartridge is warm, rich, and forgiving, yet has the ability to extract a lot of information from the record grooves with pretty good dynamics. It uses a specially designed Ortofon engine, with an elliptical stylus, and the polycarbonate Hopelex body. 

High Notes

World Class Moving Magnet Cartridges

With over 100 years of experience, Ortofon makes some of the best value cartridges on the planet. It's easy to see why the 2M Red and 2M Blue are the choice of so many turntable manufacturers

Split Pole Technology

This patented technology gives you flatter frequency response and much great extension on the frequency extremes while maintaining accurate phase between the channels

Universal Mounting

Whether you need a standard mount, P-Mount, or a vintage under-mount, all of the 2M models are available in any configuration to fit your turntable

The Ortofon 2M Red is an all-purpose cartridge that delivers open, dynamic sound with a slight touch of warmth. 


  • an improved engine, which provides an increased output of 5.5 mV and optimized sound reproduction and a high level of sonic accuracy.
  • a tipped Elliptical diamond and split pole pins with copper wire.
  • the cartridge body is manufactured from Hopelex, an environment-friendly material that ensures high rigidity while eliminating unwanted resonances.

Ortofon has 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.

Details & Specs
  • 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  -  1.6-2.0 g (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 color, body/stylus  -  Black/Red
  • 2M standard and 2M Verso cartridges weight  -  7.2 g
  • 2M PnP MkII cartridge with integrated headshell weight  -  20 g
  • 2M PnP MkII cartridge with integrated headshell length - 52 mm 

Replacement stylus unit  -  2M Red (interchangeable with 2M Blue and 2M Silver)

Stylus lifetime: with proper care we find that up to 1000 hours is possible without degradation of performance.

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