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Ortofon 2M Blue Cartridge, my initial impressions

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Very good cartridge for the money. I had some Grado cart on before from a few years back, I'm assuming one of the lower end ones (cost $80 or so).


Compared to the Grado, the Ortofon has a hair more bass, much tighter bass, a much silkier midrange, and non offensive treble. The Grado has a bit more pop when you A/B directly (done via PC recordings), but the effect wears thin quickly and sounds very sloppy from the upper midrange through the treble. The mids on the Grado seem a bit more recessed compared to the Ortofon as well. The Grado also has gobs more distortion (inner groove distortion especially), but it could be because the stylus's wear over the past 3-4 years.

After listening to the Ortofon for awhile, especially with vocals and acoustic guitars, I almost forget I'm listening to Vinyl. Instead, on a good recording, it sounds much closer to the master tapes. Less distortion than the Grado.


The higher end Grado cart's may be better than the old cart I was using, but for the money, this Ortofon 2M blue is killer.



My setup (very modest Vinyl rig)

Denon DP-30L (all stock) -> Ortofon 2M Blue MM cartridge -> TEC TC-760LC (phonopreamps.com) -> headphone setup


I'm recording the collection to my PC too, so it's overly nice to have the new cart.
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yup, i absolutely love my 2m blue, with much the same impressions as yours. however, i do find that my longhorn grado does edge it slightly in the midrange dept. Going back and forth between the two makes the grado sound really really rolled off in the treble. the ortofon is a totally different animal.
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