I just bought my first turntable (vintage Rega Planar 2 with an unmodified tonearm) and preamp (Musical Fidelity VP90-LPS) and was wondering if anyone has any budget cartridge recommendations (under $200 if possible). Either MM or MC is fine, I just want whatever sounds the best for that price.
Audio-Technica VM540ML is listed at $249 on Audio-Technica’s web site. Under $200 at $169 is the AT-VM95ML which probably more than 68% of what the VM540ML is. I can tell you the VM540ML is worth much more than what it sells for.