On the one hand, the material of the needle carrier has been improved: The Nude Shibata diamond sits on a cantilever made of the extremely stiff and lightweight boron – just like Ortofon's MC system Cadenza Black. As another innovation, Ortofon has developed a new rubber material for the bearing. It is based on a nano filler made of carbon nano tubes and is said to optimize damping and overall performance. Ortofon recommends the 2M Black LVB 250 for light- to medium-weight tonearms at a tracking force of 1.6 grams and a load capacitance of 150 to 300 pF.
The new Ortofon MM top model will be available from February 1, 2021* for about 1000 Euros*. The Ortofon Stylus 2M LVB 250 stylus unit, available separately, also turns an Ortofon 2M Bronze or 2M Black into a full-fledged 2M Black LVB 250.
*Availability and Prices for Germany.