Ortofon phono cartridges concentrate not only on providing the best sound, but more importantly the faithful and correct representation of the recorded sound.

Ortofon is a fine mechanical powerhouse, which develops, manufactures and markets the world acclaimed Ortofon cartridges.

Ortofon 2M Series

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The 2M Series was developed in conjunction with the Danish designer Moeller Jensen Design.

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. 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.

The name “2M” was chosen as it represents the abbreviation for moving magnet, MM. The four-model 2M line was originally introduced in 2008, and since then the range has been extended to include True-mono models 2M MONO and 78. Also available are models with expanded mounting options, such as Verso for bottom mount headshells and PnP for direct mounting on arms with universal mount.

Ortofon 2M Red

MM Phono Cartridge

An all-purpose phono cartridge that delivers open, dynamic sound.

Ortofon 2M Blue

MM Phono Cartridge

Adds greater dynamics and resolution; sounds more open.

Ortofon 2M Bronze

MM Phono Cartridge

Adds even more resolution and detail in an artfully evenhanded way.

Ortofon 2M Black

MM Phono Cartridge

The best of everything, true to the groove with resolution and accurate insight into each recording.


The weight and dimensions of the 2M Series have been optimized to fit the most common turntables on the market today.The cartridge body has also been streamlined to provide easy mounting and alignment. 2M cartridges provide excellent compatibility in an assortment of playback systems and with a wide variety of phono preamps.


The differences among the 2M variants concern two primary areas: engine and stylus profile. The entire 2M Series features Ortofon’s trademark split pole pins, an invention which 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 Ortofon OM Super Series. The 2M 78, 2M Mono, 2M Red and 2M Blue use an improved engine, which provides an optimized sound reproduction and a high level of sonic accuracy. The 2M Bronze and 2M Black use a special upgraded engine, featuring split pole pins with a silver plated copper wire. The cartridge body used for the 2M series cartridges is manufactured from Hopelex, an environment-friendly material which ensures high rigidity while eliminating unwanted resonances. 


All of the 2M cartridges feature diamonds which are polished to the highest standards of the industry. The 2M Red features a bonded 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 moving magnet flagship from Ortofon. The 2M Black is graced with a Nude Shibata diamond stylus – the same diamond as on the acclaimed MC Cadenza Black. 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. Users of the 2M Black will enjoy the benefit of impeccable sound quality, along with reduced record & stylus wear and reduced distortion and phase error as a result of the diamond’s improved tracking geometry. The 2M 78 features a 65 µm Spherical stylus that is perfect for playback of 78 r.p.m. records, which require a larger stylus profile for proper playback. The 2M Mono features an 18 µm Nude Spherical stylus that is an optimal solution for playing mono microgroove vinyl records. Both 2M Mono and 2M 78 feature an optimized engine for superior sound quality and use a strapped output to deliver the same output signal from both sets of terminal pins. This effectively eliminates the need for mono-specific equipment, making it easily possible to enjoy true mono reproduction on any stereo playback system. The 2M Blue, Bronze, Black and Mono’s diamonds are mounted directly onto the cantilever, rather than being mounted on a metal shank which is affixed to the cantilever. Nude mounting reduces tip mass, enabling the stylus to respond more quickly to rapid changes in groove modulation. This improves portrayal of strong transients.


2M Series styli are engineered for a tight fit to minimize coupled vibrations, thereby improving sound reproduction. Physically 2M styli will fit on alternative 2M cartridges bodies, but 2M Series cartridges’ engines, coils and magnets configurations are not quite identical: Red and Blue are identical, so are the Bronze and Black and so are the true mono variants 2M Mono and 2M 78. 2M series styli are interchangeable within the below combinations: • 2M Red and 2M Blue • 2M Bronze and 2M Black • 2M Mono and 2M 78

Ortofon MC Quintet Series

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Quintet Red

MC Phono Cartridge

Quintet Red is a perfect introduction to the world of Ortofon moving coil phono cartridges. It features an Elliptical diamond which is cut and polished to Ortofon’s exacting standards.

This entry-level MC cartridge has very high price-to-performance ratio and is a perfect all around choice for newcomers to the world of moving coil cartridges.

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Quintet Blue

MC Phono Cartridge

Quintet Blue is a very homogeneous cartridge whose sound image tends toward smoother reproduction compared to Quintet Red and moderate dynamic strength compared to Quintet Bronze. It features a nude elliptical diamond mounted on an aluminum cantilever.

The Quintet Blue will bring more space, depth and detail into the sound and is a very good choice for any kind of music,
especially rhythmic genres.

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Quintet Bronze

MC Phono Cartridge

Quintet Bronze moves into the higher league of the Quintets. The slim profile of its Nude Fine Line diamond 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 sound is very evenhanded in all respects.

Classical music is reproduced with power and open space around each of the instruments. All types of music are conveyed with the highest accuracy, precision, and dynamics.

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Quintet Black S

MC Phono Cartridge

Quintet Black S is the best example of Quintet’s overall excellence. The new MC Quintet Black S model is graced with Shibata stylus on the Sapphire cantilever.
Sapphire is one of the best cantilever options that provides an excellent mechanical pulse transfer from the stylus to the coil system.

The Quintet Black S produces detailed and pure reproduction though-out the spectrum, volume and soundstage. The Quintet Black S will be unfettered by musical genre and will give the closest approach within the Quintet
Series to Ortofon’s true accuracy in sound.

Ortofon MC Cadenza Series

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Cadenza Red

MC Phono Cartridge

Cadenza Red uses a nude fine line stylus with a cylindrical aluminum cantilever. The stylus tip radius is r/R 8/40 µm. The coils are made from 6NX (99.9999 %) pure silver wire. An improved winding process on the armature allows a better channel balance.

The sound picture of Cadenza Red is more relaxed, homogeneous and moderately dynamic in the perspective compared to the Cadenza Blue and have great space and depth in the stereo image

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Cadenza Blue

MC Phono Cartridge

Cadenza Blue uses a Nude FG 70 stylus with a very thin ruby cantilever. The improved winding process on the armature ensures better channel balance.

The soundstage of Cadenza Blue is wide open and grandiose straight out of the box. Micro dynamic and ambience is evident when listening to complex compositions. This is a cartridge that stays true to the music with tremendous clarity

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Cadenza Bronze

MC Phono Cartridge

Cadenza Bronze utilizes a Replicant 100 stylus and a conical aluminum cantilever. The coil wire is the famous Ortofon Aucurum wire, which is a gold plated 6NX copper wire. A Field Stabilizing Element (FSE) is used for optimal linearity, especially during complex crescendo passages.

Cadenza Bronze is a true high-end reference cartridge, conveying music with supreme precision, impact and dynamics. Its stereo imaging capabilities illuminate the farthest corners of the soundstage in all three dimensions.

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Cadenza Black

MC Phono Cartridge

Cadenza Black incorporates a Nude Shibata stylus with a boron cantilever. The effective mass of the stylus/cantilever system is extremely low due to the use of a very thin boron rod. Boron is extremely stiff and even more lightweight than aluminum. It also
uses the Wide Range Damping-system (WRD) to control the high- and low-frequency damping separately.

Cadenza Black is optimized for an amazing tonal neutrality, dynamics and purity of sound. It is high performing on areas like detail, consistency and sound staging.

Ortofon has been working with sound reproduction since 1918.

97 years of continuous innovation

World-class engineering and manufacturing continually raise the bar for accurate sound reproduction, with a vast array of products that provide both exceptionally high performance and value for all listeners – music lovers and high-end audiophiles alike.

Their products concentrate not only on providing the best sound, but more importantly the faithful and correct representation of the recorded sound.

By using their deep knowledge of acoustics and materials, they have developed acclaimed product ranges of a wide range of phono cartridges, high-end audio cables, tonearms and accessories.

Acoustics, materials, technology and micro-mechanics are key competences in the technological process here. Reflecting the company’s extensive experience in industrial design and technological know-how, they have become the global leader in the manufacture and supply of phono cartridges. The first moving coil phono cartridge was developed in 1948, since then more than 300 different phono cartridges have been developed and manufactured with the latest being MC A95 Anniversary cartridge.

The firm benefits from being established in Denmark, a country recognized for its strong tradition in acoustics and its wealth of other high-end manufacturers, who make hearing aids and acoustic measurement equipment, in addition to all aspects of high-end audio.

The company has been awarded numerous distinctions for both sound quality and design throughout its extensive history.

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