Hanss T-60. Many benefits like multiple motors and can support multiple tonearms to name a couple. If you read 3 of the absolute sound reviews of the 'cost no object' best sounding rooms at the 2016 Newport Audio show, they picked the Lotus Group room that was sourced with the Hanss T-60SE turntable. Kronos was there but didn't make the top sounding room list. I have had my Hanns T-60 for 6 years and love it.
Im using TW Acustic AC3 with Black Night 3 motor unit,feet,battery power supply,arm board and copper motor cover as well as TW Acustic tonearm sounds great to me.Im not worried about any Kronos turntable they are very good as well.
I see the Kronos as EXTREMELY precise, absolute perfect speed, a low low low self-noise piece of fine engineering; really the quietest table I've ever seen.
I also think it leans a bit to the detailed, analytical side (nothing wrong with that) but I want to balance all of the above good traits with a cartridge that will add 'beauty,' rich tone/harmonics, and that inner life similar to what a really good tube pre can do.
What are some really good cartridge candidates in the $3,000 - $5,000 range? Any recommendations?
Can I crash this party, and see what thoughts are on Kuzma tables. MF just reviewed the Stabi M with 14" arm in the new Stereophile. It was a good review, but he mentioned it was a bit on the dry side with his Lyra cartridge. I've only heard a Feickert with Kuzma 12" VTA arm. I didn't find it dry at all. In fact, it was too warm for me. Didn't have a good PRAT. I'm interested in the Kuzma tables, and will have my ears on one early next month. Not an easy task, as they don't have a strong presence in the US.