High-End Stanton, Shure Cartridges vs. High-End MC
Has anyone compared a high-end Stanton or Shure cartridge to one of the exotic four figure MC cartridges like a Koetsu, Clearaudio, etc.?
I once used a Benz L04 MC on a Well Tempered Classic: the sound seemed to me veiled in comparison to a Stanton 680 series, 881S Series, and a Pickering XSV-3000 with D4500S stylus. I am not sure if investing in a $2,000.00 - $3,000.00 MC is going to be dramatically more expressive in terms of the dynamics, detail, and intricacies I heard with the Stantons and Pickering XSV.
I have also listened to the Kondo IO cartridge and Clearaudio Goldfinger but could not clearly discern that they far outperformed the Stanton/Pickering range of cartridges. Then again, I might just be inattentive to the subtle sonic nuances that lay in the grooves. I listen to classical, Miles Davis, the Big Band era. Current system consists of a Basis Ovation w/Vector 4 and Precision Fidelity C7/A pre. Thanks to all.