The world is replete with excellent cartridges that don't cost a fortune. The answer to your question is self-evident: No. But, on the other hand, expensive cartridges don't necessarily sound bad, either.
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Are you referring to the DL 103SA that is out of production? The 100th Anniversary DL A-100 is still available and appears to be very similar to the 103SA, including a nude square stylus. It's also about $162 cheaper.