Have been told that the Sumiko Celebration was voiced with the SME V. I do have the Celebration but not the SME V arm at this time.
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I am using a Miyajima Shilabe in aSME V on a Kuzma Stabi Reference with great results. It has a deep round bottom end with plenty of air on top. It is not quite as well rounded as my Transfiguration Orpheus, now on a Triplanar Garrard 301 combo, but at 60% of the price it comes closer than it should.
SME V mates well with Ortofon A90. Heard this combo a week ago and it has a good synergy. Tracking is really good with fast transients. It will not give you lush on the mids and high like the other colored carts. Not too dynamic but detailed and controlled bass with weight. What it gives you is well balance presentation for long hours of listening. This cart has very unique characteristic. You should hear this cart given the chance.
A90 sounds is ALL NATURAL! NO PRESERVATIVES ADDED...
The Benz LP or Benz LPS sounds like it will fit your description. I use the older Benz LP with an SME V and it presents itself as a neutral pick-up device, neither detracting nor adding to the music. I hear music and nothing exagerated in the frequency spectrum. It can do jazz, rock and orchestra with no problems, allowing one to focus on the music rather than the mechanics of the device. At least on my system.
Lyra Skala would offer good synergy with the rest of your system, which already leans towards the darker, warmer side. I think the Dynavector, Sumiko, and Benz cartridges would push your system too far to the warm and smooth side of things. I use a Lyra Skala on my SME 10 with all BAT electronics and Wilson Sophia 2s.
A friend uses an Orpheus in a fully upgraded SME 309. The combination is terrific. In terms of tracking ability, the Orpheus works better in the 309 than in a Graham Phantom and a Basis Vector. I would bet that it would perform even better in the V, which is a better arm still.
But, I bet any of the top contenders would be terrific with the V. I doubt that your choices are constrained by any compatibility issues.
Thanks for the suggestions so far guys.
Jtimothya, I love the Lamm and Sasha pairing. Let me put it this way, I don't know for sure if Lamm can bring out the very best of Sasha, it certainly does an excellent job but I can tell you for sure that a speaker like Sasha can certainly bring out the best Lamm has to offer!
I have a SME10/V combo and used to have a Sumiko Celebration before I upgraded to an AirTight PC-1. Both sound great on a SME V, but the PC-1 just has more of everything for the added price. Faster, more neutral, more extended and better dynamics. The Celebration is a GREAT value. Have you considered the new Sumiko Santos? It is supposed to be much better than the Celebration for $3500, though I have not heard it. I read it was also voiced on the SME30/V combo.