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Punches Well Above It's Weight,
This review is from: Ortofon 2M Red MM Moving Magnet Cartridge (Accessory)
This cartridge performs well beyond its price point. I say that as a purchaser of such products for almost 40 years. The balance is on the bright side of neutral, but not to the point of harshness or sibilance. It does however take a good couple of weeks use to break in and settle down. The comment about surface noise is valid during the initial period of use but soon settles down, and it ultimately checks out well in that area. It is a very tollerant cartridge in all respects but I would be wary of it in a system with treble problems. At the other end of the spectrum it offers a tight and detailed bottom end with impressive weight. In the middle it is open and with a good (but not outstanding) stereo presentation.
The tracking is good, with good end of side performance.
One negative point to make. It is a bit fatter physically than normal, and does not fit some headshells easily. Some fixed headshells might make correct alignment difficult. Watch out for raised edges or small areas for adjustment.
Aside from the above scope for problems on some decks, the 2M Red is a no brainer. It is one of the best affordable (sub £100) phono cartridges l have used, and can even be upgraded to a well regarded cartridge that sells for twice the price just by purchasing the 2M Blue stylus.