IMHO, either the Shure or the Ortofon.
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I agree with MoFi... I had the 3020 when it first was introduced and used it in a system for 20 years. The amp itself is a little laid back and very musical, but a cartridge that was a little more forward worked best with it in my system. I started with a Signet and ultimately used a Shure cartridge with it. It did not work well with the Grados that I tried IMHO, though they worked well with a different system.
I'm not sure if you are referring to my recomendation, but the Denon DL110 is a high output moving coil cartridge that is designed to work into MM phono stages such as the excellent one in the 3020.
Sometimes these guys have it in stock for a sharp price:
I just wanted to mention that I believe the phono stage in the 3020 is better than the supposedly same one in the stand-alone 1020 phono stage that NAD made. Don't ask me why. To beat it, the RGR preamp/phono was significantly better(my audio guy said the RGR is like a mini Boulder.). I'm sure the RGR has been bettered by many, in the years that have gone by. While this doesn't answer your question about a cartridge, it gives you an area that can be improved on in the future.