Ortofon 2M Bronze Phono Cartridge
Design ElementsThe 2M Series is developed in conjunction with the Danish Industrial designer Møller Jensen Design – the same designer who designed the award winning MC Jubilee and 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 name 2M was selected from among several ideas. We wanted a modern name that would be easy to pronounce and remember, and therefore an alphanumerical name was chosen. 2M means MM, which is the abbreviation for moving magnet. Of course the 2M isn’t just another pretty face. It has been engineered to the highest standards and is congruent with Ortofon’s unrelenting commitment to providing the most precise and accurate reproduction possible without coloration.
Ortofon 2M SonicsThe 2M series of cartridges feature Ortofon’s trademark split-pole pins, an invention that enables moving-magnet cartridges to have a flat frequency response, as with a moving-coil cartridge. Split-pole pins were invented by Ortofon, and were originally presented in the 500 and OM Super series. We have 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.A briefing on each...
Ratings & Reviews
by M. Johnson
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.
by Oklahoma Adam
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.
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.
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!!
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.
by Lawrencer 2003
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.
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!
by Allen B.
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.
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!
by Mike d
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.
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.
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.
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
by Decca Mono Lover
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.
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.
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.
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 !
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.
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...
Just Love It !!
2m Bronze ..a worthy upgrade.
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.
Wow, great for the price
by Tim Green
Wow. Ehat as differences the cartridge is what I hoped for at a reasonable price. I have the AT lp5 and this is definitely a big upgrade to the factory cartridge. Thanks for the recommendation.
A tale of two turntables!
After decades with my 1970s Thorens TD-160 the guys at Needle Doctor helped me pick out a new Rega 6 turntable and put on a 2M Bronze cart. The entire experience was fun and the prize is a very pleasing combination. All the accolades apply. But that is just the beginning.
I have 2 systems and the old TD-160 got moved to my 'studio' in the basement. I began to update that system when I began to mess around with the TD-160. After adding internal damping, a 3/4 inch new bottom plate, a motor quieting unit for old motors, an AT tonearm lifter (also awesome), a new cork mat and finally I got another 2M Bronze cart. I probably could have skipped the Rega 6 if I had done this first.
The Rega 6 has many superior qualities and I won't give it back but the old boy from Thorens is still fully in the game.
For the money, which seemed high till I saw what can be spent, I don't think you can beat this excellent performer! Twice as happy.
Needle Doctor....The Best in the West!!!!
I am writing this review because Needle Doctor does something on a consistent basis that is flat out rare these days. First, they absolutely know their business. Second, their customer service is beyond comparison. Third, they realize the importance of the customer even when the customer does something stupid with their product like I did but at no time were they condescending or negative or anything even close. They seemed to feel as bad as I did about what I was going through with the loss of my turntable. You folks that know what listening to quality vinyl is all about will be able to relate. Anyway, before I rewrite War and Peace here, just wanted to say thank you to Needle Doctor and especially my contact person there, PV, (you know who you are) :o)....and tell anybody reading this that if you really want your money's worth in product quality and top of the line customer service, look no further. Its called The Needle Doctor!