2M Black Premounted

The 2M Black is the flagship of the series and it lives up to this with flying colors. You can hear every little detail in the music from every part of the spectrum. Just the way the artist wanted you to. The 2M Black is mounted on our classic SH-4 headshell. The sturdy, slim-designed SH-4 headshell offers strength and delicacy, complemented by an ergonomic, easy-to-lift finger grip. Simplify your setup while embracing quality.



2M Black Premounted

True to
the groove

Feeling the presence of the artist

Accuracy level

With the 2M Black, you will not only hear the music, but you will sense the presence of the artist in the room while listening to your favorite records.

Shibata diamond


The 2M Black is graced with a Shibata diamond that gives it contact with the groove like nothing else. The 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.

For every phase of your musical expedition

Exploring the lineup

The 2M series is built on our philosophy of accuracy in sound. All our experience, know-how, technology, and innovation has gone into making it the series that lets you hear the music the way the artist intended. In every piece of every cartridge, we strive for perfection, and when the technology can’t deliver the quality we want - we invent something that can. To ensure the highest of quality in our product we keep everything close. All our cartridges are designed and crafted right here in Denmark.

Split pole pin technology


The 2M Black features a high-performance motor system incorporating quad coils with Ortofon’s very own invention: split pole pins upgraded with a silver-plated copper wire. 

The 2M is mounted on a classic Ortofon SH-4 headsheel and is for customers who wish direct and easy mounting and replacement on their S-shaped tonearm.

Hi-Fi Choice

... Everything about the 2M Black is well thought out ...
... The 2M Black sounds excellent across a wide range of program material, with a distinctively ‘clean’ Ortofon sound that has tremendous detail resolving capability ...
... It goes to work on the recorded acoustic, setting it up tidily with lots of atmosphere, stretching right back to the edges of the concert hall ...
... It is very good at expressing the emotion in the lead vocal and capturing the dynamic nuances in the track overall ...

Group test

Hi-Fi Choice

TNT Audio

… the Ortofon's strengths in detail, imaging, tracking, and neutrality make for a compelling case. If you're looking for a cartridge in this price range, be it MM or MC, it should definitely be on your shortlist.

Graeme Budd

TNT Audio

Hi-Fi News Yearbook 2011

... When set-up, the Ortofon 2M Black was immediately engaging, sounding powerful and vivid ...
... it was natural recordings of full orchestra that confirmed that the 2M Black is a stellar moving-magnet cartridge ...
... The 2M Black delivers a holographic imagery worthy of the most sophisticated vinyl replay systems.

The Audio Beat

... The 2M line has become a de facto reference for moving-magnet cartridges ... It is due to both the sound quality of the various 2M models as well as the wide price range across the line ... The differences among the four stereo 2M models occur in three primary areas: stylus profile, body material, and engine ...

Marc Mickelson

The Audio Beat


  • Channel balance at 1 kHz
    1 dB
  • Output voltage at 1 kHz, 5cm/sec
    5 mV
  • Channel seperation at 1 kHz
    26 dB
  • Channel seperation at 15 kHz
    15 dB
  • Frequency response 20 Hz - 20 kHz
    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
    1.4-1.7 g (14-17 mN)
  • Tracking force, recommended
    1.5 g (15 mN)
  • Tracking angle
  • Internal impedance, DC resistance
    1.2 kOhm
  • Cartridge weight
    7.2 g
  • Premounted cartridge weight
    16.7 g
  • Recommended load resistance
    47 kOhm
  • Internal inductance
    630 mH
  • Recommended load capacitance
    150-300 pF

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