Ortofon 2M MM Moving Magnet Cartridge : Punches Well Above It’s Weight

Re-discovering my records again with this red hot beauty. . I replaced my ageing ( but still very good ) shure vst v cartridge with the ortofon due to not being able to get a replacement stylus for the shure ( i’ve since bought the excellent shure m97xe mm catridge as a backup ). Its a cartridge that demands you run it in for at least 5 hours to give of its best but its not difficult to install and get tracking properly. My first listening impressions ( using a project rpm 5. 1 turntable ) were that it has a very detailed midband but was slightly lacking in warmth and there was less bass power than i’m used to hearing. The treble was bright and dynamic but if pushed can sound brittle. However, it markedly improved after using it intermittently for over 5 hours. The slightly brittle treble, cold midband and underpowered bass was replaced with a beautifully coherent, detailed and dynamic yet subtle presentation regardless of what music i played. Tonally it’s neutral and even handed. It’s not as warm and friendly as the shure m97xe nor does it have the shure’s bass clout but it has a more accurate balance.

Fab stylus, the best i’ve brought so far, and sounds great.

Ortofon 2M Red MM Moving Magnet Cartridge

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Simply brilliant, y pay more?. I have a linn lp12 record player and i did think about paying more for a cartidge than the ortofon 2m red which others seems to offer more sound for your money but after a long think i went for this one and was blown away when i tested it out. I saved myself a packet and got great sound for so little. Totally happy with the product and the dealer.

Bought this as a second choice to a blue from another company which didnt arrive. Relatively easy to set up and a very nice sound, seems to pick up all the details on the record. Sounds bright but warm, i have read other reviews which say it sounds too sharp on vocals but mine sounds very nice even at high volume. I honestly cannot see what major improvements i could get with a more expensive cartridge. The reason i didnt give five stars is it does not come with an ortofon fitting guage which i had to buy seperately.

Very good fast delivery 5 star.

Ortofon 2M Red MM Moving Magnet Cartridge : If you were thinking about spending £120-£140 then by all means consider the very fine at120’s or denon 110’s but if you’re looking for a first decent upgrade on the cheap cartridge that came with your turntable look no further. Rega offer an upgrade package for their rp1 turntables that includes the rega bias 2. The 2m red is a much superior cartridge to the entry level bias and appears as if it was designed with rega tonearms in mind. Fitting and aligning on my rega planar 2 took me just under 15 minutes. It fitted flush with the end of the tonearm and the captive screws meant i only needed two hands rather than the usual three. After running in, i found the sound very suited to my arcam system and probably wouldn’t recommend it for the thrash metal fan. The top end is slightly “rolled off” but it displays an excellent informative mid band and good controlled base. Surface noise is minimal and tracking superb which makes playing old vinyl particularly rewarding. There’s an upgrade path to the 2m blue by changing the stylus as these both have the same cartridge body.

Bought to replace an aged ortofon vms20e as styluses are becoming hard to get. Also looked at the shure m97xe but it was quite expensive at the time. Relatively easy to set up thanks to those threaded screw holes. The specs say it is quite high compliance (20 cus) and it seems to work well with my set up i. Sme 3009 series two pickup arm (light weight) and thorens td160b mkii. Noticably more bass than the vms20e but a bit less detail – sounds great with stuff like dark side of the moon. Punk does not sound as rough and edgy as with the vms20e. I’m no expert and don’t have much to compare it with, but playing other styles like classical or folk as well, it seems like a good all rounder and it is an enjoyable cartridge to listen to.

Serious sonic improvement. . Really improved the sound of my project turntable. Much more depth, delicacy and musicality. In fact it sounds much more expensive than it costs.

Majority would probably feel this delivered top end. For my pro-ject debut 3 deck this is realistically the top end cartridge. Anything more would be limited by the turntable so i could not resist the temptation to ‘max out’ my setup. I am not at all disappointed with the results. The system is sounding sweet and all my vinyl has the extra life being extracted out of it. I am not going to pipe on with superlatives regarding bass mids & top end. All i will say is that if you can afford to do it & your set up warrants the extra sprinkling of upgrades then try one of these. I had mine fitted professionally and believe this is the right thing to do as you won’t want to ruin the life & precision of this needle through bad alignment. The proper equipment used to do this alignment can run into the £10,000’s, a good hifi dealer will usually sell you the cartridge & complete the alignment for £100 all in tops. I would also recommend some good rubber isolation pads for the speakers, and the record deck.

I put it on my technics sl1210 mk2. I know another person has provuded a very in depth review about this cart on his same turntable but was nit very happy. I downloaded a protractor from the vinyl engine and set it up with 1.

I borrowed a good quality dj cartridge from a friend. After being initially sceptical that a new cartridge would make much more than a subtle difference to sound quality, i borrowed a good quality dj cartridge from a friend, and noticed an instant change. Following on from reviews of cartridges in a similar price range, i opted for the ortofon 2m red. This has moved the sound quality on again,and although slightly more expensive than some of the other options, seems to me an excellent product.

Punches well above it’s weight. This cartridge performs well beyond its price point. I say that as a purchaser of such products for almost 40 years. The balance is on the bright side of neutral, but not to the point of harshness or sibilance. It does however take a good couple of weeks use to break in and settle down. The comment about surface noise is valid during the initial period of use but soon settles down, and it ultimately checks out well in that area. It is a very tollerant cartridge in all respects but i would be wary of it in a system with treble problems. At the other end of the spectrum it offers a tight and detailed bottom end with impressive weight. In the middle it is open and with a good (but not outstanding) stereo presentation. The tracking is good, with good end of side performance.

Honest and dynamic budget cartridge. I bought the 2m red to replace a 23 year old shure m95ed. The sound is very different. The shure has a tendancy to be warm and velvety where the 2m red is far more neutral. The shure was lovely to listen to but not entirely honest whereas the 2m red just tells it like it is with great clarity and dynamics. I cant say i’ve tried many mm cartridges but this has to be a bargain. Easy to install (as the body is threaded so you only need the mounting bolts and no fiddly nuts) although heavier and bigger than the shure. I wouldn’t have thought you could go far wrong with this or do better at this price.

After not replacing my cartridge for many years due to the drop in frequency of playing vinyl, the purchase of 4 new lps encouraged me to invest. Having used a variety of cartridges in the past, i decided to keep with a manufacturer i knew, and after some investigation decided to invest in the ortofon, and am i glad that i did. I use a rega 3 turntable which is a bit fiddly to fix a cartridge, but having set it up correctly (using an alignment protractor) and setting the tracking weight to the maximum recommended i gave it a whirl, and the difference compared to the sound before was remarkable. After a few hours use, i reckon the sound improved more as it became ‘worn in’. For a budget cartridge, i consider this ortofon excellent and recommend it, but remember as it’s an elliptical stylus, correct setting up is essential.

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  1. Linn turntable (not being able to hunt down a like for like replacement in my budget). Bought this as a replacement for my linn adikt on my linn turntable (not being able to hunt down a like for like replacement in my budget), so it had big shoes to fill. I have to say i am very impressed, it sounds absolutely fantastic. At this price you really can’t go wrong. Should add that it came with all the correct screws, for both top and bottom mounted tonearms, and even a matching screwdriver as well as a detailed manual and stylus cleaning brush.
    1. Linn turntable (not being able to hunt down a like for like replacement in my budget). Bought this as a replacement for my linn adikt on my linn turntable (not being able to hunt down a like for like replacement in my budget), so it had big shoes to fill. I have to say i am very impressed, it sounds absolutely fantastic. At this price you really can’t go wrong. Should add that it came with all the correct screws, for both top and bottom mounted tonearms, and even a matching screwdriver as well as a detailed manual and stylus cleaning brush.
  2. Performs better than i expected. Performs better than i expected, a real upgrade on my previous ortofon om5e , bass and mids and highs are all improved, excellent tracking especaiily on the inner grooves, very pleased with the results.
  3. This review is from : Ortofon 2M Red MM Moving Magnet Cartridge

    Performs better than i expected. Performs better than i expected, a real upgrade on my previous ortofon om5e , bass and mids and highs are all improved, excellent tracking especaiily on the inner grooves, very pleased with the results.
  4. This review is from : Ortofon 2M Red MM Moving Magnet Cartridge

    After not replacing my cartridge for many years due to the drop in frequency of playing vinyl, the purchase of 4 new lps encouraged me to invest. Having used a variety of cartridges in the past, i decided to keep with a manufacturer i knew, and after some investigation decided to invest in the ortofon, and am i glad that i did. I use a rega 3 turntable which is a bit fiddly to fix a cartridge, but having set it up correctly (using an alignment protractor) and setting the tracking weight to the maximum recommended i gave it a whirl, and the difference compared to the sound before was remarkable. After a few hours use, i reckon the sound improved more as it became “worn in”. For a budget cartridge, i consider this ortofon excellent and recommend it, but remember as it’s an elliptical stylus, correct setting up is essential.
    1. After not replacing my cartridge for many years due to the drop in frequency of playing vinyl, the purchase of 4 new lps encouraged me to invest. Having used a variety of cartridges in the past, i decided to keep with a manufacturer i knew, and after some investigation decided to invest in the ortofon, and am i glad that i did. I use a rega 3 turntable which is a bit fiddly to fix a cartridge, but having set it up correctly (using an alignment protractor) and setting the tracking weight to the maximum recommended i gave it a whirl, and the difference compared to the sound before was remarkable. After a few hours use, i reckon the sound improved more as it became “worn in”. For a budget cartridge, i consider this ortofon excellent and recommend it, but remember as it’s an elliptical stylus, correct setting up is essential.
  5. This review is from : Ortofon 2M Red MM Moving Magnet Cartridge

    Good upgrade for my project elemental. Works on my project elemental after allot of tweaking with the counterweight. . Definitely a step up from my old ortofon om5 catridge, sound is clear and spacious, also is neutral you get the intention you hear how the artist intended the record to be heard sometimes warm sounding and very lively, would recommend this cartridge as a starting place like my self into the world of hi fidelity.
  6. This review is from : Ortofon 2M Red MM Moving Magnet Cartridge

    Good upgrade for my project elemental. Works on my project elemental after allot of tweaking with the counterweight. . Definitely a step up from my old ortofon om5 catridge, sound is clear and spacious, also is neutral you get the intention you hear how the artist intended the record to be heard sometimes warm sounding and very lively, would recommend this cartridge as a starting place like my self into the world of hi fidelity.
  7. This review is from : Ortofon 2M Red MM Moving Magnet Cartridge

    We all know you can spend literally. I recently purchased one of these for my technics 1210, s to replace my old stantons. Now i read a lot of reviews before i got it some favorably some not some saying it doesn’t work well with technics, but iv got to be honest. We all know you can spend literally thousands on hifi equipment but for what you pay here if you’re thinking of getting one i wouldn’t hesitate.
    1. We all know you can spend literally. I recently purchased one of these for my technics 1210, s to replace my old stantons. Now i read a lot of reviews before i got it some favorably some not some saying it doesn’t work well with technics, but iv got to be honest. We all know you can spend literally thousands on hifi equipment but for what you pay here if you’re thinking of getting one i wouldn’t hesitate.
      1. But much loved, shure m75ed type2. I bought this to replace my aging, but much loved, shure m75ed type2. I have not been disappointed. Trackability is even better than the shure, managing even the most severe tests on my test record. Despite some reviews saying this cartridge is prone to an excess of high frequencies, this has not been my experience, though the leads connecting the cartridge to my amp are quite long, which apparently is a good thing.
  8. But much loved, shure m75ed type2. I bought this to replace my aging, but much loved, shure m75ed type2. I have not been disappointed. Trackability is even better than the shure, managing even the most severe tests on my test record. Despite some reviews saying this cartridge is prone to an excess of high frequencies, this has not been my experience, though the leads connecting the cartridge to my amp are quite long, which apparently is a good thing.
    1. A birthday gift for my son and he is delighted with. This was a birthday gift for my son and he is delighted with it.
      1. A birthday gift for my son and he is delighted with. This was a birthday gift for my son and he is delighted with it.
  9. This review is from : Ortofon 2M Red MM Moving Magnet Cartridge

    Quick delivery good product easy to fit works well straight out of the box.
  10. This review is from : Ortofon 2M Red MM Moving Magnet Cartridge

    First impressions, compared with an om-5e + update (igd and sibilance). Initial review:i’ve just started using this with a recently purchased technics sl-1210mk2. Previously i was using an ortofon om5e moving magnet cartridge with a pro-ject essential turntable in black. How does the 2m red compare to the 5e?.On the 2m red the bass has greater extension and goes deeper, the mids are pushed forward and aid in creating a 3d soundstage, the highs sparkle just right so as to fill the room without being harsh. The 2m red has a lower noise floor than the om-5e but it does pick up on crackle more than the 5e. Where i’d get pops with the 5e, i get snaps with the red. This isn’t the fairest comparison because i’ve changed decks as well as carts. I’m happy with the red at the moment, straight out of the box it performed well and i look forward to hearing how the sound develops after the 50 hour break-in point. *update:well, here i am now just over 50 hours break-in (took about 2 months) and i have sold the 2m red and upgraded to an audio technica at440mla moving magnet cartridge.
    1. First impressions, compared with an om-5e + update (igd and sibilance). Initial review:i’ve just started using this with a recently purchased technics sl-1210mk2. Previously i was using an ortofon om5e moving magnet cartridge with a pro-ject essential turntable in black. How does the 2m red compare to the 5e?.On the 2m red the bass has greater extension and goes deeper, the mids are pushed forward and aid in creating a 3d soundstage, the highs sparkle just right so as to fill the room without being harsh. The 2m red has a lower noise floor than the om-5e but it does pick up on crackle more than the 5e. Where i’d get pops with the 5e, i get snaps with the red. This isn’t the fairest comparison because i’ve changed decks as well as carts. I’m happy with the red at the moment, straight out of the box it performed well and i look forward to hearing how the sound develops after the 50 hour break-in point. *update:well, here i am now just over 50 hours break-in (took about 2 months) and i have sold the 2m red and upgraded to an audio technica at440mla moving magnet cartridge.