I think I may have ready here recently that zu audios dl-103 has a reputation for eating $1000 cartridges at a much better price. Just some food for thought. I'm sure someone has probably compared.
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Be careful comparing the audio performance of phono cartridges based on cost. Several low cost phono cartridges sound very good for the money but the more esoteric and pricey cartridges deliver the goods. My personal experience: My Koetsu died after several years of great sound so I decided to try the 103R based on raves about its sound quality. It does indeed sound good and tracks very well. At first listen I was impressed, but after spending time with it I was missing something. I got a Benz Ref cartridge, and while not cheap, is in a whole other league. The detail, bass, smoothness and musicality is well beyond what the 103R could do. Now as for the Zu verion- I can't say.
Dear Tony, No slur intended, but you must know that your anecdote means nothing, save as a comparison of the Benz Ref to the DL103R. While I do believe that "you get what you pay for", up to a point, I also believe that beyond a certain point one is paying for cache', more than anything else and that the relationship between cost and performance is far from linear.