Audio Technica AT150MLX.
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Ive owned the 2M Bronze, and currently listen to 2M Blue. The Bronze was mounted on a Sota Comet and RB300 arm. Its a very good cartridge. I would describe it as a bit dry and detailed, but not cold. However, I actually prefer the Blue. Its mounted on a OL Silver arm and OL Aurora TT. It isnt quite as detailed as the bronze, but it is more musical, which for me means more involving. Plus, its less money. But you really cant go worng with either.
If you want to try MC, I think the Zu modded Denon 103 looks interesting.
I'm impressed by the complexity of how people here describe sound. I still need to catch up...
Until then, can you please explain the term "musical". If the blue is more "musical" does it mean it's warmer and more resonant ?
I'll tell you what I miss in the Grado and this way we might figure out what I need:
My ultimate test for sound and what determines if any component is good for me (personally) is when I play Barbra Streisand's "Memory"
When I played it with the Nottingham Analogue Tracer 1 cartridge it was extremely detailed (I could here amazing overtones and vibes in Streisand's voice) but at the same time it was mellow and non aggressive. My fear with the bronze is that for details I'll have to sacrifice softness which eventually leads to ear fatigue,in my case.