New cart that beats Transfiguration Esprit?
After giving up on the Esprit, I went back to it last week after finally pronouncing my distorting Helikon (with the bent stylus) dead and I finally got it dialed in and it's really a nice cartridge. Not as sparkly as the Helikon nor as deep and wide a soundstage, but the overall tonal balance is much better-- I'm actually hearing some decent bass now. I'm sure that the Helikon has bass as I heard it nicely on many LPs but with my Quad ESL57s, I'm not sure the match is great in terms of reproducing bass across the spectrum. The Transfiguration is definitely better at that.
So what current cartridge is like the Esprit but with the deeper wider soundstage that I prefer?