i believe stereophile did a comparision between the 2 cart,you can search thier archives,i think they said that the virt.did everything a little better and a little more refined than the S.
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I've owned both (metal body versions; never heard the wood), and felt that the Beta-S gives you about 90% (and some) of the performance of the Virtuoso. The Virtuoso has a lower compliance, and sounds a little more refined, and does the extremes slightly better. However, on a cost vs. performance ratio, I don't think the Virtuoso justifies its price vs. the Beta-S, which is a hell of a MM catridge. Good listening,