Each Super OM cartridge can be upgraded by replacing the stylus with a higher model in the range. if you have a Super OM10 it can be upgraded to a Super OM20, OM30 or OM40 by simply installing the appropriate Super OM stylus. Starting at the 2100 (approx £95.00*), 2200 (approx £110.00*), 2300 (approx £170.00*), 2400 (approx £190.00*), 2500 (approx £225.00*). A well specified cartridge with reasonable 4m V output.(£80.00 approx) Each Super OM cartridge can be upgraded by replacing the stylus with a higher model in the range. if you have a Super OM20 it can be upgraded to a Super OM30 or OM40 by simply installing the appropriate stylus. Budget cartridge, but apparently has a clear and solid sound. The latest in a long line of Shure cartridges, but is it up to the standards of their previous V15 line of cartriges? Could be well worth a listen: Felix Scerri observes: Some love it and some hate it.
The 2M Red uses an improved engine, which provides an increased output of 5.5m V. Channel balance at 1 k Hz 1,5 d B Tracking ability at 315Hz at recommended tracking force 70 µm Compliance, dynamic, lateral 20 µm/m N Stylus type Elliptical Stylus tip radius r/R 8/18 µm Tracking angle 20° Internal impedance, DC resistance 1,3 k Ohm Internal inductance 700 m H Recommended load resistance 47 k Ohm Recommended load capacitance 150-300 p F Cartridge weight 7,2 g "The AT120E features a high efficiency, para-toroidal coil assembly and dual magnet stylus assembly.
It borrows many of the superlative features of our top of the line models.
Felix noted: "....after being officially deleted a while back in favour of the 2M series, I've been advised that due to popular demand the Ortofon Super OM cartridge series is once again available (at least in Germany and possibly elsewhere).
The Ortofon website doesn't show them, yet they do in the 'product' range. Perhaps the 2M range has not worked out as well as expected.
There still are many good cartridges available on the market that will suit the precision close tolerance, low-medium mass arm of the Technics SL-1200 very well.
Some of the top cartridge manufacturers include Audio Technica, Goldring, Ortofon, and Shure.
With the Super OM series only the stylus was different, not so with the 2M series, possibly a mistake all things considered!
Many of the popular styli that will be encountered will have an elliptical shape.
One of the regular forum member on Audio Karma ‘Jrtrent’, actually emailed Shure about the rationale behind the design of the M97x E and this was the official response he received: "I am the Shure historian.
The "x" versions were created because of remarks from influential audio critics.
Another fine cartridge choice could well be one of the excellent Ortofon Super OM series (reported as discontinued) or the newer Ortofon 2M range such as the 2M Red.