I forgot to mention this is the Little Loco.
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I have the Little Loco also and have the same question. I have tried an Ortofon Rondo Red and an Audiotechnica ART-9. Both sound very good, the AT better but it's probably just a better cartridge. From what I've read the cartridge's internal impedance is probably the most significant spec (the lower the better), so the AT's 12 ohms is pretty low but how does the AT compare with other cartridges with the LL? Don't know.
I plan to try a My Sonic Labs cartridge with impedance of 1 ohm shortly after the new year. Unless people chime in with other recommendations.
I would think the question would be the sound of the arm / cartridge/ turntable. The function of the phono stage is to pass on as exactly as possible the sound it receives. As I upgraded my Phono stage a dozen times ($200 —-> $17,000) over the last fifty years… the Phono stage simply brought the sound from the turntable more naturally with a lower noise floor. I recommend focusing on the table, tone arm and cartridge to craft the sound you want. if the phono stage gets in the way, then look at upgrading it.
FYI here is a review of the Little Loco MK II (the MK II probably being the subject of this thread) from stereophile Jan 2022. He says "But now, with the Ultra Eminent Ex driving Sutherland Engineering's Little Loco, I never want to change cartridges or phono preamplification again. These two phono products seem made for each other."
I think I'm gonna try one of the MSL cartridges with my LL MK II