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RE: A waste of money...

Interesting but not much to go on for the merits of +$1K cartridges.

Too many variables to account for with show conditions to be able to narrow things done to what is happening with any given phono cartridge.

I have had the great fortune of being able to spend a lot of time with many exotic, expensive cartridges comparing them side-by-side, etc. Some of them are great some of them not so great certainly not worth their asking price IMO. But opinions will vary.

But one need not spend massive $$$$ on a phono cartridge to get great results from vinyl. I am actually spending time on the lower end of the market, below $500. Lots of fun to be had at the other end of the spectrum as well.

$1K can get one an incredible cartridge but it certainly will not represent the best that is available. Most of us will never be able to afford the best that is possible be it cartridges or anything else in the reproduction chain.

I do however find it silly that one discounts the megabuck cartridges when they have not actually listened to such cartridges.

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