Plenty, but $$$$$$$$$ ? budget?
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Before changing carts, have you considered upgrading to the Signature arm? Also, have you optimized set-up? I made changes that, in hindsight, I wish I hadn't made before I learned how to really dial in set up. Use of the MintLP arc protractor and other things learned has made me realize that I couldn't have known how good some of my previous cartridges were. I wish I hadn't sold my Lyra Dorian, for example. Another cheap tweak is Mapleshade's NanoMount system, which I swear by.
My current cartridge is a Dynavector XX2MKII, which is all the cartridge I will ever need. My Sig. Scout has turned out to be a formidible record player, but not without optimizing set up, and a few upgrades. Just my opinion, FWIW.
Best of luck, and enjoy,
Some Possible solutions:
- Dial-in cartridge better
- Change Phono Stage loading
- Get better phono cable
- Put spikes under table
- Better Rack
Oh, and as far as detailed cartridges, I like the ZYX. I had some Shelters before which are nice, but I think ZYX beats the Shelters at equal price points.
I'd try the cheap/free adjustments first though. It sounds like you have a decent cartridge already.
The key in analog reproduction is the Phono Stage or Phono section in a preamp. Cartridges show differences of course, but from my opinion I could live with a cheap cart. in combination with a top phono but not the other way.
When you want to change the cartridge I think in the overpriced cartridge market the Lyra Helikon closes the gap between superior detail and musicality for a real good price.
I'd look at replacing your interconnects and speaker wires before going to a different arm or cartridge set-up.
I also have a tube preamp and monoblocks. I just purchased a set of Nordost Blue Heaven Rev II on clearance at Music Direct for half off. WOW. Talk about clarity!! They're just out of the box too. I wouldn't have believed it if I wasn't hearing it myself. My interconnects are by Grover Huffman and the turntable leads are stock Nottingham Acespace.
You can borrow cables from the Cable Company lending library to audition in your home with your system. I would go this route if all I wanted to do was "tune" my system.