Greed! Soon the Chinese will enter the market with knock off's of the classic cartridges. When double blind tests are conducted, anything above $500 tends to be beat by the under $500 price point. Experience, like fifty years of it in the hi end, confirms there is no collation between price and better sound. A last point, set up and the arm tend to rule. I've heard $3K cartridges improperly set up by 'experts' and still the owner raved how better it sounded, until the set up was corrected.
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