You can get close With a Grado Sonata. Easy to deal with,!!!!!!! good output, tremendous midrange-where most of the music is. Lists at $500.00 but you can get for $400.00 new if you shop.
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I think there are two great cartridges not mentions that get awsome reviews and in the 300 price range. They are the Dynavector 10x4 mkII at about $360 And the Clearaudio Aurum Beta II at about $375 This are both great cartridges and both right around three hundred dollars. Look on the net for reviews on this the clearaudio was just recomended by Stereophile a couple months back as the best midrange in a budget priced Cartridge. and i read a comparison of 5 cartridges a week back on the net can't remember all of them but they were a Grado a Blue Point the Dynavector and the clearaudio and they put the Dynavector at the top just above the Clearaudio done by to seperate reviewers.P.S. the Dynavector has been updated from the old 10x4 and is said to have much better mids and detail. so you need a new one
Look at the Grado Sonata, the Ortifon X5MC about 110 street price, or the Aurum Beta S. At the price thats about what's out there. I can't speak to the Dennon as I haven't heard one since the mid 80's but it was competitive then, and the strides in cartridge design have been pretty high.
I also hear nice things about the new Blue Point nude but I can't say as I haven't heard it.
Turntable information is not a bottom line and more info is realy required to make the match more precise.
What phono preamplification you're going to use. Michell can successfully accomodate a huge veriety of cartridges even in your price range.
Recently I setup to my friend Goldring Eroica that had been recently sold on audiogon new at almost half the price($250) with Oracle Alexandria which also has a suspension like Michell and the setup was very successfull indeed with Michell ISO phono preamp(used $200).
Hi guys , the Dennon 103 is the best budget cartridge out there buy far and the sheltet 501 mk II is the best value
the 501 is equal or better than the transfiguration temper supreme and the LYRA Helikon and betters the Vandenhull grasshopper. the 501 retails at onlt $800 this cartridge used to be called the Crown Jewel and retailed at $2,600
if you can only afford 300 get the dennon but I think you should save a little more and get the shelter. There are lot of guys with 10k plus front ends using this cartridge you can get this baby and never look back. also you should consider the origin live Aurora table with the silver arm with the 501 this is the setup I just purchased. Origin live makes the best bang for the buck,stay tuned, more to come, by for now.