Any of the Grado prestige carts should fill your needs.
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I also second just browsing through Needledoctor.com - they generally include snippets of reviews or links to sites like Stereophile.
The Grado Prestige line is great (I have a Green myself) but they're moving iron carts, not HO MCs - the Reference series are also MI cartridges, but are available in high output and low output versions.
Currently I'm debating between stepping up to the Grado Gold, the Grado Platinum, or the Sumiko Blue Point No.2. Any other recommendations for MM/HO MC cartridges in the $200-300 price range? I've been really happy with my Grado so far, which leads me to think maybe I should just stick with them.
Patrick_odonnell and Foster8699,
Thanks for the replies. I have a Grado Gold and it is quite pleasant to listen to. Very engaging and musical. It doesn't disappoint, however, the Denon is just seems bigger or perhaps larger than life as some have said. On some recordings it is absolutely stunning.
I just finished listening to Aqualung - Jethro Tull, Classic Records 200g release (very expensive here in AU) and I am blown away. With the Denon, the air sort of felt like it was crackling. Ok, enough superlatives.
Ontjesr, thanks as well. I will have a look at needledoctor.com for cartridge comparisons.
Personally I wouldn't sweat the choice between MM and MC. Just pick something in your budget that suits you and your equipment. The Acoustic Sounds catalogue has a nice table for comparison of specs. Try to get clear about what your parameters are, as in how low low an output you can run and still get the gain you volume you want given your listening habits, the sensitivity of your speakers, gain of your preamp, etc.. You may find that an output of [email protected]/sec is plenty. Also bear in mind that the reference for output level varies and is often not published. A little research is in order and can make all the difference if it is on the edge.