But as the original poster requested, a hope of not having to go to MC, and an additional Phono Stage-SUT.
A very good MM, which I'm afraid has recently gone up in price, is the Audio Technica AT-150MLX. They were selling for $249 shipped from places like JR Music, and the same price plus shipping from LP Gear.
I've read mixed reviews-accounts of the Denon DL-160 from some users, claiming lackluster sound. The Denon 103 usues a conical Stylus, said to be good, but let's face it, one can do better, with better Stylus profiles in this day, and age.
Conicals have NEVER been said to be extremely quiet in the groove, it's not in thier nature to be.
Clearaudio good, yes, but you'll pay an inflated price, for what many are in essence re-badged Cartridges, with components originating from Audio Technica.
Many good high output MC Cartridges, but the worry is, will your phono stage have enough gain, without cranking the volume control to 9? Mark