Ortofon has announced its new flagship moving magnet cartridge, the 2M Black LVB 250 (three guesses what the letters stand for…)
The 2M Black LVB 250 draws inspiration from the Cadenza Black design, featuring a Nude Shibata diamond stylus mounted on a boron cantilever.
To attain an optimal interaction between compliance and damping, a new rubber compound for the suspension system has been developed.
The new rubber compound formula is based on the Multi Wall Carbon Nano Tubes (MWCNT) nano filler. The compound offers better damping and a more environmental-friendly production.
The MWCNT powder is applied in a rubber polymer matrix and not in a powdered form, which makes the production process, “…clean, non-polluting and energy saving,” said the company.
With an optimal weight of 7.2g and compliance suited to most modern tonearms, the LVB 250 is compatible with a wide array of modern equipment.
Demanding a 1.6g tracking force, the new cartridge’s structure, materials and generator system are all drawn from the standard 2M Black.
For that reason, the LVB 250 stylus can also fit on and bring a notable upgrade to existing 2M Bronze and 2M Black customers.
Price is £829. A replacement stylus price is TBC.
For more information, call 01235 511 166 or click www.henleyaudio.co.uk
ian from Berks17th December 2020 at 5:12 pm
At £800 plus, it stirs up the debate about MM V MC , my view is this is fairly sterile in sound terms – except when it comes to replacing styluses
Peter Lawton17th December 2020 at 7:39 pm
Have a 2M Bronze that will come due for a stylus replacement in near term. Had been thinking of an upgrade to a 2M Black stylus, but wondering if my other system components would be up to the job (Project RPM5.1, Project Tubebox S, Audiolab 6000A, Paradigm Studio 20s, B&W sub). The differential between bronze and black stylus was giving me pause, and so differential from bronze to black LVB250 will likely be heart-stopping! I wonder how many 2M Bronze cartridge owners would contemplate such a n upgrade? Name would have been somewhat harder to guess if there wasn’t a headshot of LvB.
Paul Rigby18th December 2020 at 10:56 am
True Peter – re. LVB, Ortofon just don’t know the meaning of the word ‘challenge’, do they? 🙂
Nick from NYC17th December 2020 at 9:27 pm
At that price, it would have to compete with MCs sonically. No way to know until one can compare it. I love MM cartridges because after 500-700 hours enough wear occurs on the stylus that requires it at the very least to have it checked out if not change the stylus. Cannot do that with an MC, of course, but oh, the sound of a decent MC is just so much better.