Well, since you like Grados, you might check out Grado's "The Reference", in either the 4.5 mV or 0.5 mV version. There is a 0.5 mV version for sale right now on Audiogon. I have the 4.5 mV version, and it's glorious!
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I compared the Grado Platinum with the Aurum when making my latest cartridge purchase. Having always used Grado, and liked them, I was surprised at how much different I found the Aurum to be sonically.
The Platinum was flat out beaten through the upper frequencies, the Aurum being very open and clear in the mids, more extended and natural in the highs. The Grado had the bottom 'tho, the Aurum being a bit lean and tight in the lows at first. Great improvement there however, after somewhat long break in period.
Rich and lush...no. It is however as neutral and natural a cartridge as I've tried. Hopefully holds true as you go up the line.
Good luck !
I had the Platinum and bought the Aurum Beta S (What a Stupid name). The Aurum Beta S is much more refined than the Grado. It does cost more and should rightfully be compared to the Sonata. But I think with the experience that I have had with other Grado Cartridges, I would pick the Clearaudio. Also, I would like to try the Virtuoso Wood when this cartridge gives out or I hit the lottery. According the reviews, it sounds better than the Aurum.