I recently bought a 160 as a temporary backup for a Grado Sonata which is at the next level above the Gold while I waited for the Grado's retip [it takes awhile]. I'm VERY impressed with it. It needs no step up unit as other moving coils require although most solid state preamps are designed to handle low output cartridges with a switchable option. The cost is only around $180 or less if you shop around on the web. Also many feel that the Denon 110 at an even lower price is just as good. Frankly there are no other options at those price levels with the obvious exception of the classic low output Denon 103 which is usually a bit more money and in my opinion requires a good step up device which will add to the overall cost.
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