VPI & Dyna is a widely acknowledged synergistic combo. VPI recommends them often. Cheers,
Sorry, but it really depends on your price level and what sound quality you want. But, price point dictates everything. There are good to great cartridges within each price point range. I could be annoying and just list the most expensive cartridge and be done, but as with most of us, we have price limitations. In my humble opinion, the Sota Star Saphire is better by far than the VPI Scout. But, that is only my opinion. I have found that the SME IV, IV.IV or V arms are much better than the 309 and again depending on price, the IV is easily obtainable for not much. But, the 309 is a really nice arm also. But, do you want to spend <$1,000 or $1,000 to $2,000 or greater for the cartridge? can you borrow a cartridge from your favorite dealer to use for a week?
The reason for my dilemma is that I own the Shelter, Dynavector and Benz cartridges and am trying to get a feel as to where I should start the combos. From the general consensus, I will start with the Shelter in the SME/SOTA setup. I have the Benz set up with the VPI, but the pairing with my BAT/SF Liuto system seems a little thick, so I will try the Dyna here and see what happens.
I also purchased an extra headshell for the SME 309 to make my "auditioning" easier.
Thanks and happy listening.