Our Verdict For those after a powerful, yet fun-loving performance, this Ortofon should be a must-listen For Very detailed, impressive transparency, insightful Against Bass lacks some definition Reviewed on 29th March 2011 The 2M Black is the top of Ortofon’s 2M range. At 7.2g it’s a heavy shelled cartridge, and has a relatively light recommended tracking force of 1.5g. Following running in, it showed real power and dynamics, as well as crisp timing. A very transparent and detailed stylus, the Ortofon handles subtlety well, with vocals especially possessing supreme inflection and insight. The midrange is expressive, and the treble is insightful and vivid. Bass lacks a little definition compared with the higher frequencies, but that’s only a minor quibble. Take care with matching if you’ve a bright-sounding system. More after the break But if you’re looking for downright oomph and fun, the Ortofon 2M Black is where it’s at. See all our cartridge reviews Follow whathifi on Twitter Join whathifi on Facebook Related News Audio-Technica unveils new reference AT-ART1000 MC cartridge Thu, 05 May 2016, 11:32am Audio-Technica plans global expansion Thu, 08 Oct 2015, 03:01am 2M Black Accessories Cartridges Ortofon Stay on top of your sound with What Hi-Fi? in your inbox every week Thank you for registering for our Newsletter We will send you relevant emails and updates.