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Ortofon 2M Bronze Phono Cartridge

21 Reviews
$440.00
SKU: OR-2MBRONZE
Orofon's Unique 2M Design The Ortofon 2M magnetic cartridge system is designed and developed for high performance reproduction of your favorite analogue records.Ortofon has developed magnetic cartridges in various designs for many types of record players, tone arms and for special purposes throughout the last 40 years. And now - as we approach Ortofon´s 90 years Company Anniversary - we decided to combine our expertise and latest technology in the development of this outstanding cartridge design. As a result of reviewer listening tests we feel confident that you will appreciate and enjoy the unique qualities of these cartridges. 2M is developed together with the Danish designer "MøllerJensen Design" from Copenhagen, Denmark - the same designer who designed the award winning cartridge MC Jubilee and the Kontrapunkt series. The inspiration for designing the 2M was related to the facets of the diamond - elegantly concentrating its contours against the grooves on the record surface. The name 2M was selected among several ideas. We wanted a modernname which should be easy to pronounce and to remember, and therefore an alpha numerical name was chosen. 2M means MM, which is the abbreviation for moving magnet. We are using the same names on our 2M series as we use at our Rondo series: Red, Blue and Bronze. The 2M Black will become the flagship of 2M. 2M was the last product of our former chief engineer Per Windfield. He has worked with the 2M for the last two years. The 2M Technology 2M are designed for precise and accurate retrieval of the information in the record groove. Our philosophy is to play the record sound as accurate as possible, without coloring the sound. We have optimized the design for ease of mounting the cartridge, weight and size to fit the most common turntables at the market today. All of the 2M cartridges feature diamonds which are polished to the highest standards in the industry. The 2M Red features a tipped elliptical diamond, while the 2M Blue features a nude elliptical diamond. The 2M Bronze features a nude Fine Line diamond stylus, which is particularly suited for demanding applications. The slim profile of the Fine Line stylus will track even the highest frequency information, making it a must for discerning listeners. Additionally, its larger footprint ensures reduced distortion and record wear. The 2M Black is the new moving magnet flagship from Ortofon. The 2M black is graced with a Shibata diamond stylus - the same diamond as on the acclaimed MC Jubilee. Its slim, highly polished profile allows an exceedingly wide contact area to the groove walls and ensures notably detailed reproduction throughout the spectrum, including even the most high frequency groove information. The 2M series has interchangeable stylus units and replacement stylus is available. To obtain a flat frequency response as with a Moving Coil cartridge we are using the slit pole pins to reduce the eddy current. The slit pole pins is an Ortofon invention which was presented in the 500 series and the Super OM series. The 2M Red and 2M Blue both have the same engine with slit pole pins. With this improved engine we have been able to increase to output to 5,5 mV. The cartridge body used for the 2M Bronze and 2M Black is manufactured from a newly-developed Noryl plastic/glass combination, a revolutionary material which ensures high rigidity while eliminating unwanted resonances. The 2M Bronze and 2M Black use a special upgraded engine, featuring split pole pins with a silver plated copper wire. Ortofon 2M Specifications PDFOrtofon 2M Cartridge Literature PDFNewsletter Ortofon 2M SeriesDetails on Ortofon Cartridge and Stylus Installation and MaintenanceA Brief History of OrtofonOrtofon Replacement StyliiDr. Chris' Comments on the Ortofon 2M Bronze I was a little bitter when Ortofon decided to replace their tried and true OM series with the relatively new 2M series. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it, right? I always considered the OM cartridges to be solid all-around performers; transparent, accurate, offenseless. The OM30 was actually one of my favorite entry-level audiophile cartridges. The 2M Bronze is the model that essentially nudged the OM30 out of existence (both rank the same in their respective series with their nude Fine Line styli), so in my fury, I decided to investigate just how good it is. I expected it to be an over-priced, over-hyped, slightly souped-up version of my darling OM30. I wanted so bad to be right. I was wrong. Wrong again. Though the tip is the same as the OM30’s, the Bronze uses a new engine design, silver-plated copper wiring in its coils, and an upgraded stylus housing. These tweaks amount to a drastic improvement over the already-lovely OM30. The Bronze is more quiet and clear, more expansive, and simply more exciting. Leo Kottke’s 12-string twangs like it was meant to. The subtleties of his picking spring forward and are readily available to the listener, and the sound generated by the body is rich and inviting. The Bronze also has a keen sense of space. Instruments are seated in their intended positions in the stereo image, in terms of both depth and width. Drums are fast but not punchy, cymbals are delicate and sweet. It breezed through the complicated passages of Yes’ “Close to the Edge” with unwavering clarity and dynamic slam. Vocals were present and lifelike, bass was huge and deep but controlled. As much as I hate to see the OM30 replaced, I commend Ortofon for doing it proud by offering a worthwhile and fairly priced refinement. 2M Red/Black - Heir to the Shure ReviewHi-Fi World Review of the Ortofon 2M Red and 2M BlueHi-Fi World Review of the Ortofon 2M Bronze and 2M Black
Specifications Ortofon 2M Bronze:

  • 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 20-29.000 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 Fine Line
  • Stylus tip radius r/R 8/40 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/Bronze
  • Cartridge weight 7,2 g
  • Replacement stylus unit 2M Bronze
  • Ratings & Reviews

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    M. Johnson

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    I previously had the blue until it was damaged, then I switched over to the bronze. It was like day and night. Much more retrieval power than the blue. Really exposes the limitations of some recordings. However, I do think the blue had a slightly warmer sound to it. Very happy.

    Oklahoma Adam

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    It gets better and better. When I first got it certain records had lots of transient distortion, which I thought was the fault of the record being poorly mastered and or the pressing was poor. But now those same records are sounding much better, and transient distortion on those same records I gave up on a month ago, I can now listen to and enjoy. Good thing too as they weren't cheap. Some may think this cartridge is lacking bass, but that's not the case. Bass isn't hyped at all.I've got it on a VPI Nomad, and I see, nor hear any reason to upgrade to the Black, listening on B&W P7's. For the money it's 5 stars, no question.

    Dave

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    This cartridge is excellent in every way. I had an Audio Technica AT 120 for many years, and always wanted to upgrade to something that would have more Bass and mid Bass while keeping the top end detail. I was discouraged from buying this cart due to a review by one of the Hi Fi "Experts". He stated that this cart was far to analytical and lacked the warmth of analog playback. After only about 4 hours on my new Bronze I honestly have no idea what he was talking about, I've personally never had a cart come this close to perfect. Smooth and detailed. Adds nothing to the record, and takes nothing away. Makes many of my old records sound even better. Highly recommended.

    Jim

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    Fantastic upgrade from my Ortofon Vivo-Red..incredible clarity and most important to me, the most realistic reproduction that I have ever heard from any cartridge. You hear things from old albums you never knew were there!!

    Aproud1

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    Replaced a very tired Andante Cartridge (the original ) on my Thorens TD316. I have limited experience with other Cartridges, Music Hall, various Grado models. This Ortofon is stunning. Surface noise while still present sounds pushed back some how. The frequency response is excellent. Basses sounds more realistic and the top end is present and sweet not sharp. Tracking is excellent too. Took a few weeks to break in. I am very, very happy with this cartridge. I'm not an audiophile, just someone who listens to a lot of music and this cartridge really makes the music beautiful. And the customer support from the needle doctor was truly excellent. I'm a very happy customer.

    Lawrencer 2003

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    WOW! Replaced the Sumiko Oyster on my X Pression III and added a Project Speed box. All I can say is WOW. So much detail and clarity. Great bass. This was a great investment.

    Devo

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    Wow (upgraded from blue) out of the gate I am very very happy. Started with Pink Moon and the string detail was amazing.... A few 45s, then Village Green, best money spent in a while!

    Allen B.

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    I am amazed with the 2M Bronze. Right out of the box, without any break in it was open and clean. Over the weekend as I broke it in, the high frequency tracking got better as did the bass. It was a breeze to set up, matching the geometry of my HK T60 TT exactly. And it is really easy to set down right were you want it on the record. Sound wise, I am rediscovering my vinyl collection. One comparison I did was between a 24/96 flac file of Stevie Wonder's INERVISIONS. The flac sounds really good, but even the old LP with its slight bit of surface noise actually sounded better. Bass is solid, "S"s are cleaner and the symbols have real metal sound with a more spread out sound field. That's is just the beginning. I was replacing my Shure V15 Type V and the 2M is a incredible improvement over a cartridge I loved for years. Still do, but the Ortofon is just better. I wanted to see what new technology has been able to do with an older format. Boy has it come a long way.

    Øyvind

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    I upgraded from a 2M red to 2M bronze and I can never go back. It is realy the perfect cartridge. It doubled the time I listen to records. Love it!

    Mike d

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    Wow this cart gives Amazing sound stage, crystal clear highs with very fine details and textures. The stylus is very accurate and does not slur any "s". Setup was a breeze because the cart's body has threaded holes and the stylus can be removed. Mounted it on a rega p3-24 on a rb 301 tonearm. Shimmed the arm with 2mm spacer and vta is now perfect! I aligned it to a Stevenson protractor though you might want to set it up with baerwalds method where the cart would be flush with the front of the headshell instead of behind a bit. I replaced my 4 year old rega elys 2 with the bronze 2m and this cart just put the rega to rest, the rega was warm and forward but could not in any way come close to that wide sound stage, those crystal clear highs and that rich texture.

    Mark

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    I have been using the 2M Bronze with a highly tweeked Thorens TD-160C turntable and a Cambridge 640P phono stage for the past 7 months. An excellent preforming cartridge. Very detailed, well balanced. Does not smear 'Ss" in vocals (unless that is how it was recorded). This cartridge is so good, that it is digging information out of records that I did not know was there. I find myself having to re-learning all my thousands of records over again. Bottom line is, you would have to pay a LOT more money for a noticable step up in cartridge performance.

    Hardwhistle

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    Great cartridge for the price and then some. I bought this just as a go between much more expensive carts. Kept this one and sold the other ones! Will upgrade to the black stylus at some point but just really enjoying this one. I am using this on a VPI HW19-iv w an AQ pt9 arm.

    Chuck

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    There are a lot of fantastic cartridges out there, and this is definitely one of them. As of writing this review, I have had my 2m Bronze in my system for about three months. I've lost count of LP sides or hours- that just doesn't matter any more. I simply listen to music and smile! The setup is easy, the tracking is superb, and the smoothness of the treble extension- great with strings- is nigh impossible to beat at this price. I like the option of being able to upgrade to the 2m Black Shibata stylus at a later time should I choose, and it mates spectacularly well with Rega arms. (I sincerely doubt that's a coincidence!)

    Decca Mono Lover

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    Fantastic for MONO ! We who have an extended interest in micro groove mono records, will find this cartridge pure bliss. BTW Do-not use anti-scate for mono use.

    Mary

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    Perhaps the best sound l got with this Ortofon cartridge, was on my Rega P3 with Pro-ject cork mat on the glass platter, the cork seeming to react well with this pickup and the sound benefitting from a nice lively full-body character from stereo or mono disks.

    Ed

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    This is an incredible piece of equipment. Although I think the Ortofon's add a little color, it may be best described as having a warm brilliance. It plays older albums very well. It teams up beautifully with my Thorens TD 320 and Cambridge Audio 640P.

    Isabela

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    WOW, I love this Ortofon 2M bronze on my Thorens TD150mk2 with SME 3009 series2 improved tonearm, VTF 1.5g & bias to 1.5. This cartridge was made for the SME 3009 Improved !

    John

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    What a fantastic cartridge, I set the tracking to 1.5g (15mN) on my Pro-ject RPM5 with carbon-fibre tonearm, and use the Cambridge Audio 640P phono pre-amp.

    Hunter

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    This is an excellent moving magnet cartridge. The fine-line stylus tracks magnificently, it's easy to align, and the amount of detail retrieval is astonishing. After break-in, I do not find the sound to be bright or sibilant, but it does lean to the analytical side of things. It lets you hear whatever is in the grooves, for better or worse. In a warmer, more musical system, this cartridge will provide great synergy. If your system already leans toward the analytical, you might be better served by a Grado or Dynavector in this price range. Personally, I love the cartridge. It was a nice step up from the venerable Audio-Technica AT440MLa.

    Best MM Period...

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    Just Love It !!

    2m Bronze ..a worthy upgrade.

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    Previously had the 2m blue but when the needle needed replacing or re tipping I decided to go for an upgrade.
    The Bronze suits my pro-ject rpm 9 carbon down to the ground..had to change the counterweight for a heavier one and gave the stylus time to bed in I could not be happer..
    All of my records now sound close to master copies with more detail than before and a wider mid range and the bass hits low..way down like a pleasant boom.
    Most albums ( especially pink floyds Pulse ) sound like im at the concert...a worthwhile investment and upgrade..you will not be dissapointed.