Ortofon's 2M Black LVB 250 edition wins HiFi News award
HiFi News' Ken Kessler finds Ortofon's 2M Black LVB 250 (celebrating 250 years since the birth of one Ludwig Van Beethoven) both refined and composed—and, appropriately, entirely suited to classical as well as jazz and acoustic music.
"I tested the 2M Black LVB 250 with everything from 56-year-old mono 7in singles to limited edition 10in pressings to 45rpm audiophile LPs and noted that tracking ability certainly is not an issue"
“…the 2M Black LVB 250 is one of the most charming MMs I have tried”
“The 2M Black LVB 250… revelled in recreating a large, natural acoustic and delivers far greater refinement for the extra outlay”
“The strings enjoyed a particular lushness that—dare I say it—reminded me of the venerable Ortofon SPU.
“…it has a way with the natural acoustic of a massive hall, as would host an orchestra”
“…the spread across the room exposed the first of the 2M Black LVB 250’s many virtues: it recreates space, especially stage width more so than depth, with ample provision for forensic listening into the performance”
“…it certainly merits its position as the line’s top model on elegance alone”
“…this is a silky, sophisticated cartridge which—to my ears—favours classical, much jazz and acoustic…"