I use an Ortofon MC 5000 with its matching step up transformer riding happily in an SME IV and Oracle Limited Edition Premier IV. I'm familiar with the MM cartridges you mentioned, and used to sell them. None of them compare to a reasonably good MC cartridge, such as the Denon 103 or the Ortofon's you mention. Haven't heard the X-1 and X-5. I suspect that you may have to go some to beat you MC20. I wouldn't be quick to push it away. Newer isn't always better. I'm itching to try a Shelter -- I've heard they're good -- and they're priced better than the Ortofons. Enjoy the quest, and welcome back to vinyl.
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