What Hi Fi Sound and Vision Wed, 4 Feb 2009, 11:00am

Ortofon 2M Bronze

Tested at £275
80100
4

If you like an analytical performance, this is for you

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For

  • Tonally neutral
  • very clean sound
  • amazing detailing

Against

  • It could do with less restraint

If fancy styling is your thing, then this Ortofon may be the cartridge for you. It even comes with its own tool kit – which includes a cleaning brush and scales – but sadly the unusual, angular contours of the shell hinder fitting, despite the use of captive nuts.

More than with most cartridges we've tested, we found that the sound from the 2M Bronze really gained cohesion and warmth following bedding-in.

Tonally it's highly neutral, with treble, midrange and bass being neatly balanced. The treble is especially crisp, and you get a very detailed sound as a result.

All this neutrality and detailing comes at a price, however, and the 2M Bronze, while very capable, creates an academic sound that's restrained where it needs to let its hair down, both on Sinatra's sensitive With Every Breath I Take and The Stooges' raw I Wanna Be Your Dog.

This is a cerebral and capable cartridge but, by trading emotion for analysis, the 2M Bronze misses out on that final star.

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