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Ortofon 2M Black LVB - Special Edition MM Phono Cartridge

$995.00

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Ortofon 2M Black LVB - Special Edition MM Phono Cartridge

$995.00

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    MY TAKE: This special edition cartridge takes the 2M Black (a very good cartridge to begin with) up several notches (I think the Boron cantilver is part of the reason). Note: Current 2M Black owners can purchase the LVB stylus assembly ($799) for a significant sonic upgrade! - Galen Carol


    The new Ortofon Exclusive 2M Black LVB 250 model

    To commemorate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, we announce the release of the 2M Black LVB 250 Exclusive Model. 

    The 2M Black flagship from Ortofon is widely acknowledged as being one of the best MM cartridges on the market, but at Ortofon being the best doesn’t mean that we can’t get better.

    Benefits of high-end materials -

    The 2M Black LVB 250 has been recreated from the concepts of its predecessor, the 2M Black, but the 2M Black LVB 250 performance takes one step further to enhance the cartridge’s capabilities and technical excellence. 

    The 2M Black LVB 250 uses a Nude Shibata diamond on a Boron cantilever, the combination known from the acclaimed MC Cadenza Black cartridge. The Nude Shibata stylus’s slim, highly polished profile allows an exceedingly wide contact area to the groove walls and ensures notably detailed reproduction throughout the spectrum, including even the highest frequencies.

    The use of an extremely stiff and lightweight Boron cantilever adds remarkable transparency, speed and responsiveness.
     

    The new rubber compound formula -

    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) highly efficient nano filler. The new MWCNT-based compound offers desirable mechanical properties, which ensure better damping and improve the overall performance of the cartridge.

    Also, the new MWCNT rubber compound allows for more environmental-friendly production, adding further benefit. The MWCNT powder is applied in a rubber polymer matrix and not in a powdered form, which makes the production process more clean, non-polluting and energy saving.
     

    REVIEWS:

    2M Black LVB 250 reviews' quotes
    www.hifinews.co.uk
    05/2021
    By Ken Kessler

    The most popular range of MMs on the planet - Ortofon's 2M series - has just got a new chief.

    "...it (the 2M Black LVB 250 – red.) recreates space, especially stage width more so than depth… You could almost separate the vocalist from each other, but the more impressive element was that, despite this wide-open view, one enjoyed coherence across the sound spectrum. The sound was ‘of a whole’ rather than comprising disparate elements…

    ...the use of it (the 2M Black LVB 250 – red.) for bass extension and speed, attack, snap, dynamic contrasts and other characteristics is indisputable… The sound was rich and full, if not quite as scalpel-like in its precision…  it also showed it has a way with the natural acoustic of a massive hall, as would host an orchestra… it certainly narrows the gap between MMs and MCs in many areas, especially warmth…

    ...this is a silky, sophisticated cartridge which – to my ears – favours classical, much jazz and acoustic, rather than the sizzle-and-snap of pop or rock."
     

    www.analogplanet.com
    04/2021
    By Michael Fremer

    Ortofon's 2M Black LVB 250 Cartridge Delivers Smooth, Sweet and Well-Detailed Sound 

    "...the 2M Black LVB 250 delivered warmth, body, timbral honesty and especially transient “speed” I don’t usually associate with most moving magnet cartridges...

    ...the 2M Black 250 produced full bodied string textures, burnished brass and an overall richness not  unexpected from a well-designed and built MM cartridge...

    ...the 2M Black LVB’s generally warm, rich yet pleasingly open and smooth tonal balance and responsive rhythm’n’pacing that comes as close to a good moving coil design as I’ve heard from a MM. For the obstinate who stick with and prefer moving magnet to moving coil cartridges, the 2M Black LVB 250 makes the case as well if not better than any currently available MM at least that Ithat I know of."


    Read the full review here: Analog Planet 
     

    www.audio.de
    04/2021
    By Lothar Brandt

    "...Ludwig van Beethoven would have enjoyed it..."
    Verdict in short:
    Sound quality: 97 out of 100 points
    Value for money: Outstanding


    HI-FI WORLD APRIL 2021
    www.hi-fiworld.co.uk
    Vinyl Section
    By Noel Keywood

    "Ortofon’s 2M Black moving magnet cartridge set a new standard for sound quality long ago and has gathered a deserved reputation over the years for its accuracy and superb insight from a Shibata stylus. Ortofon’s update in the LVB 250 adds to its fundamental strengths, bringing in extra speed and incision through use of a boron cantilever. It remains a top MM cartridge, one demanding of a high quality arm, turntable and phono stage to get the best from it."

    SPECIFICATIONS:

    Output voltage at 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec.  -  5 mV
    Channel balance at 1 kHz  -  < 1 dB
    Channel separation at 1 kHz  -  > 27 dB
    Channel separation at 15 kHz  -  15 dB
    Frequency response  -  20-20.000 + 2 / - 1 dB
    Tracking ability at 315Hz at recommended tracking force  -  80 µm
    Compliance, dynamic, lateral  -  22 µm/mN
    Stylus type  -  Nude Shibata
    Stylus tip radius  -  r/R 6/50 µm
    Cantilever material - Boron
    Tracking force range  -  1.5-1.7 g (15-17 mN)
    Tracking force, recommended  - 1.6 g (16 mN)
    Tracking angle  -  20°
    Internal impedance, DC resistance  -  1.2 kOhm
    Internal inductance  -  630 mH
    Recommended load resistance  -  47 kOhm
    Recommended load capacitance  -  150-300 pF
    Cartridge colour, body/stylus  -  Black/Black
    Cartridge weight  -  7.2 g
    Replacement stylus unit  - 2M Black LVB 250
    Interchangeable styli units -  2M Black and 2M Bronze

    Stylus lifetime: with proper care we find that up to 1000 hours is possible without degradation of performance.

    2M Series styli interchangeability:
    The 2M Series' engines, coils and magnets configurations are not identical: Red and Blue are identical, so are the Bronze and Black and so are the true mono variants 2M Mono and 2M 78. Likewise, 2M series styli are interchangeable within the below combinations: 
    - 2M Red, 2M Blue and 2M Silver
    - 2M Bronze, 2M Black and 2M Black LVB 250
    - 2M Mono and 2M 78

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Ortofon 2M Black LVB - Special Edition MM Phono Cartridge

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Description

MY TAKE: This special edition cartridge takes the 2M Black (a very good cartridge to begin with) up several notches (I think the Boron cantilver is part of the reason). Note: Current 2M Black owners can purchase the LVB stylus assembly ($799) for a significant sonic upgrade! - Galen Carol


The new Ortofon Exclusive 2M Black LVB 250 model

To commemorate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, we announce the release of the 2M Black LVB 250 Exclusive Model. 

The 2M Black flagship from Ortofon is widely acknowledged as being one of the best MM cartridges on the market, but at Ortofon being the best doesn’t mean that we can’t get better.

Benefits of high-end materials -

The 2M Black LVB 250 has been recreated from the concepts of its predecessor, the 2M Black, but the 2M Black LVB 250 performance takes one step further to enhance the cartridge’s capabilities and technical excellence. 

The 2M Black LVB 250 uses a Nude Shibata diamond on a Boron cantilever, the combination known from the acclaimed MC Cadenza Black cartridge. The Nude Shibata stylus’s slim, highly polished profile allows an exceedingly wide contact area to the groove walls and ensures notably detailed reproduction throughout the spectrum, including even the highest frequencies.

The use of an extremely stiff and lightweight Boron cantilever adds remarkable transparency, speed and responsiveness.
 

The new rubber compound formula -

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) highly efficient nano filler. The new MWCNT-based compound offers desirable mechanical properties, which ensure better damping and improve the overall performance of the cartridge.

Also, the new MWCNT rubber compound allows for more environmental-friendly production, adding further benefit. The MWCNT powder is applied in a rubber polymer matrix and not in a powdered form, which makes the production process more clean, non-polluting and energy saving.
 

REVIEWS:

2M Black LVB 250 reviews' quotes
www.hifinews.co.uk
05/2021
By Ken Kessler

The most popular range of MMs on the planet - Ortofon's 2M series - has just got a new chief.

"...it (the 2M Black LVB 250 – red.) recreates space, especially stage width more so than depth… You could almost separate the vocalist from each other, but the more impressive element was that, despite this wide-open view, one enjoyed coherence across the sound spectrum. The sound was ‘of a whole’ rather than comprising disparate elements…

...the use of it (the 2M Black LVB 250 – red.) for bass extension and speed, attack, snap, dynamic contrasts and other characteristics is indisputable… The sound was rich and full, if not quite as scalpel-like in its precision…  it also showed it has a way with the natural acoustic of a massive hall, as would host an orchestra… it certainly narrows the gap between MMs and MCs in many areas, especially warmth…

...this is a silky, sophisticated cartridge which – to my ears – favours classical, much jazz and acoustic, rather than the sizzle-and-snap of pop or rock."
 

www.analogplanet.com
04/2021
By Michael Fremer

Ortofon's 2M Black LVB 250 Cartridge Delivers Smooth, Sweet and Well-Detailed Sound 

"...the 2M Black LVB 250 delivered warmth, body, timbral honesty and especially transient “speed” I don’t usually associate with most moving magnet cartridges...

...the 2M Black 250 produced full bodied string textures, burnished brass and an overall richness not  unexpected from a well-designed and built MM cartridge...

...the 2M Black LVB’s generally warm, rich yet pleasingly open and smooth tonal balance and responsive rhythm’n’pacing that comes as close to a good moving coil design as I’ve heard from a MM. For the obstinate who stick with and prefer moving magnet to moving coil cartridges, the 2M Black LVB 250 makes the case as well if not better than any currently available MM at least that Ithat I know of."


Read the full review here: Analog Planet 
 

www.audio.de
04/2021
By Lothar Brandt

"...Ludwig van Beethoven would have enjoyed it..."
Verdict in short:
Sound quality: 97 out of 100 points
Value for money: Outstanding


HI-FI WORLD APRIL 2021
www.hi-fiworld.co.uk
Vinyl Section
By Noel Keywood

"Ortofon’s 2M Black moving magnet cartridge set a new standard for sound quality long ago and has gathered a deserved reputation over the years for its accuracy and superb insight from a Shibata stylus. Ortofon’s update in the LVB 250 adds to its fundamental strengths, bringing in extra speed and incision through use of a boron cantilever. It remains a top MM cartridge, one demanding of a high quality arm, turntable and phono stage to get the best from it."

SPECIFICATIONS:

Output voltage at 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec.  -  5 mV
Channel balance at 1 kHz  -  < 1 dB
Channel separation at 1 kHz  -  > 27 dB
Channel separation at 15 kHz  -  15 dB
Frequency response  -  20-20.000 + 2 / - 1 dB
Tracking ability at 315Hz at recommended tracking force  -  80 µm
Compliance, dynamic, lateral  -  22 µm/mN
Stylus type  -  Nude Shibata
Stylus tip radius  -  r/R 6/50 µm
Cantilever material - Boron
Tracking force range  -  1.5-1.7 g (15-17 mN)
Tracking force, recommended  - 1.6 g (16 mN)
Tracking angle  -  20°
Internal impedance, DC resistance  -  1.2 kOhm
Internal inductance  -  630 mH
Recommended load resistance  -  47 kOhm
Recommended load capacitance  -  150-300 pF
Cartridge colour, body/stylus  -  Black/Black
Cartridge weight  -  7.2 g
Replacement stylus unit  - 2M Black LVB 250
Interchangeable styli units -  2M Black and 2M Bronze

Stylus lifetime: with proper care we find that up to 1000 hours is possible without degradation of performance.

2M Series styli interchangeability:
The 2M Series' engines, coils and magnets configurations are not identical: Red and Blue are identical, so are the Bronze and Black and so are the true mono variants 2M Mono and 2M 78. Likewise, 2M series styli are interchangeable within the below combinations: 
- 2M Red, 2M Blue and 2M Silver
- 2M Bronze, 2M Black and 2M Black LVB 250
- 2M Mono and 2M 78