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Davidlillis
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Cart for under 1K

I am looking to buy a new cartrdige for my setup.  My current system consists of a VPI Scout II with a Black Knight platter and 10.5SE tonearm (the TT Michael Fremer demonstrated a cartridge setup at last years show in NYC), JM Focal 936's, Mac solid state power & pre, and a Dynavector P-75 phono pre-amp.  The Focal's are very accurate and tend to be bright in the highs.  Brightness is what I am trying to avoid.  I've found the highs to be too harsh for my liking, especially with vocals.  Sibilance is also an issue and something I have attempted to control with speaker placement, VTA, damping fluid, and the tone controls on my old Mac preamp.  My current cart is a Grado Gold.  I am hopeful that upgrading to a new cartridge helps eliminate some of the treble harshness and provides a sweeter overall sound.  I'm interested in the Dynavector 20x2 so far.  Any other suggestions for 1K or under, Benz, Ortofon, Sumiko (Blackbird, a little over 1K, but what the hell)?

Thanks for you assistance!

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Some choices I'd consider in MM, MI or HOMC...

Nagaoka MP-500 $600 Hard to beat under $1,000.

Clearaudio Vituoso v2 Ebony $900 Rich midrange, clear but not bright highs, good bass.

Davidlillis
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Thanks for rec's!

Thanks Jackfish, I appreciate the feedback.  My dealer provides excellent service where he will allow me to bring home carts for test drives. I'll see if he can order one of the carts you've mentioned above.  Thank you again!

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