My cartridge has more distortion

I compared my Benz L2 cartridge to my CD player and there appears to be more distortion now. My cart is 2.5 years old.
if you have a couple of thousand hours on it, it may be time to re tip
Hi Blue - your cartridge should be fine unless you play lp's every day for hours at a time. Something has changed in the setup ( maybe a loose tonearm weight??) that is giving you this poor sound. Start from scratch and remount the cartridge like it was new and I bet the problem resolves itself. Enjoy!