Ortofon 2M 78 Moving Magnet Cartridge

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2M 78 Moving Magnet MM Cartridge, by Ortofon.

The 2M 78 features an improved engine, which provides a high level of sonic accuracy. The stylus tip is a spherical diamond that is perfect for playback of 78 rpm shellac records, which require a larger stylus profile. The cartridge body is manufactured from Hopelex, which ensures high rigidity while eliminating unwanted resonances.

2M 78 uses a strapped output to deliver the same output signal from both sets of pole pins. This effectively eliminates the need for mono-specific equipment, making it possible to enjoy true mono reproduction on any stereo playback system.

The 2M Series provides excellent compatibility when used in an assortment of playback systems and with a wide variety of phono preamps.

2M 78 Standard / 2M 78 Verso

The Ortofon 2M 78 is available in Standard model or 2M 78 Verso model. The Verso has twin screws protruding from the top of the cartridge mount, and is an alternative product for bottom mount headshells.

Please choose the correct 2M 78 model for your turntable / tonearm. Do contact us if you require assistance or are unsure.

Read more about the 2M 78 Verso model.


  • Intended for playback of shellac records at 78 rpm.
  • Improved reproduction engine.
  • Spherical tipped diamond stylus.
  • Strapped output for true mono reproduction on stereo equipment.


  • Output voltage at 1000 Hz, 5 cm/sec: 4 mV
  • Frequency response: 20 - 20.000 Hz + 3 / - 1 dB
  • Tracking ability @ 315 Hz at recommended tracking force: 70 µm
  • Compliance, dynamic, lateral: 18 µm/mN
  • Stylus type: Spherical
  • Stylus tip radius: R 65 µm
  • Tracking force range: 1.6 - 2.0 g (16 - 20 mN)
  • Tracking force, recommended: 1.8 g (18 mN)
  • Internal impedance, DC resistance: 700 Ohm
  • Internal inductance: 350 mH
  • Recommended load resistance: 47 kOhm
  • Recommended load capacitance: 150-300 pF
  • Tracking angle: 20 degrees
  • Cartridge colour, body / stylus: Black / Grey
  • Cartridge weight without screws: 7.2 g
  • Replacement stylus unit: 2M 78 (interchangeable with 2M Mono)

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