Dynavector 20x2 High or Low Output?

I have a VPI HW-19v4 table with a 12.5 arm. I am currently using a Denon 103r with a Bob's Cinemag Step-up. I have a friend that is selling a like new 2.8mv 20X2 for $750. Should I hold out on a Low version since I have the Step-up or get the HO version and lose the Step-up? Has anyone A/B'd the Denon to the 20X2? Finally, what are your thoughts of this cartridge is it a worthy upgrade from the 103r?
Will your friend let you borrow the 20x2 to see if you like it? I would assume that if he is a good enough friend, you'd let you try before you buy and you can compare the Dyna and the Denon on your own.
He is not local, so I have to take a leap on this one.
You can get Dyna 20 high or low output new for a little more than $500 from Hong Kong on ebay. Some members here dealt with him without any problems. Your friend overcharges you. Low output should sound better all other things being equal, everyone says it. What is your current phono stage?
$750 is NO bargain for a slightly used Dyna 20XH - more like $450 would be a good deal.

I've owned a bunch of Denon 103s and Dyna 20X. IMO the Dyna 20X is a substantially better cart - more refined and extended response.

But,,, if you're willing to bite off $750, I think there are better carts available.
What would your recommendation at $750-1k ?
What would your recommendation at $750-1k ?

Not sure what you are using for a phonostage but quite possibly you would be better of spending the bulk of the above total upgrading there and leave $250 or so for a good quality but not insanely priced LOMC. I think the law of diminishing returns applies more strongly to the cartridge rather than the phonostage and thus you may end up with better sound going in that direction than dumping the money on a very expensive cartridge. For example, my prior setup (Whest PS.30R and Dyna XX2MKII) was nowhere near as good as my current Herron VTPH-2 and AT OC9MKII and the OC9 I got for around $200. Just a thought.
I have a rogue audio magnum 99 preamp with the built in tube phonostage.
Well, Herron would be way above $1k ,I guess, but generally I agree with this approach. Besides, most cartridges are very overpriced. I keep hearing praise about Herron.
Yes, Inna you are correct. My post wasn't clear--my point is that perhaps the OP's funds are better invested in the phonostage rather than a new cartridge. That the little OC9MLII run into the Herron outperforms the $2K Dyna into the Whest opened my eyes to the importance of the phonostage. Finding the right balance in terms of allocation of funds is key IMHO.
The Phono stage in the Rogue 99 Magnum is very good. I owned one for about 2 years. In high gain mode it can handle 1mV up. With it being fed by Cinemags for LOMC it can handle most anything.

Tube set is key -as it is in the line stage of this preamp. Also, check with Rogue for possible upgrades. Highly recommended over going with another preamp.

And to answer your question: Go with the 20XL through your Bob's and into the 99.
I own a 20X HO and love it but $750 is ridiculous. That was the full MRSP just a couple of years ago. You said this guy was a friend ???? Don't buy it at that price, but I highly recommend the cart. I would think the Dynevector Lo would be just as good if not better.
Mechans; you may be confusing the previous version of the 20X(L/H) cartridge with the new 20X2 cartridge. If the Dynavector 20X2 that Podolaw is considering buying is a brand new cartridge, he'll be saving $100 USD from full retail. That may be a good price, as long as he can get warranty coverage.

Just a thought. Perhaps replacing tubes with the best you can find will help a lot. And also, turntable resonance control is very important of course and improving it can make a big difference. So the general idea could be to extract maximum performance from what you already have. I usually follow this approach. And then when it appears that there is nothing or very little left to extract, you upgrade. And when you do - you jump. In your case, yeah, possibly to Herron or LAMM phono and then the cartridge.
i will sell you a brand new one for$750.00 with full warranty
$750--Hmm--free advertising on Audigon now?
I sold my lightly used (<100 hrs) DV20XH for $400 recently.
Tketcham is correct to point out that the OP is referring to the NEW 20x2 which retails for $850 usd.

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02-07-11: Podolaw
What would your recommendation at $750-1k ?
Why not avail yourself of Japan's economy of scale in close-tolerance manufacturing?

Audio Technica OC9 iii, $549

Audio Technica AT33EV $499

Denon DL-S1, $949

Denon DL-304, $599

I have heard really good things about the Denon DL-S1.

Another alternative: see if Zu Audio still has their nuded, aluminum-encased Z-103 versions of the Denon DL-103. They vary in price depending on how well they spec out, but all are (were?) in your price range. The heavier metal casing adds enough mass to the cartridge to make it a good compliance match for most arms. Between eliminating the stock cartridge's plastic body resonances and improving mass matching with a heavier and extremely rigid housing, it should be a significant improvement over your stock DL-103 that you are replacing.