When people ask for my recommendations regarding cartridges I always encourage them to purchase a cartridge that has a line contact style of diamond (such as hyper-elliptical, MicroLine, Shibata etc). This is because the V-shaped tip traces the grooves more precisely, giving better detail retrieval, improved tracking, lower surface noise, and lower wear.
Unfortunately, these more complex diamond tips are considerably more expensive than elliptical or round diamonds, so cartridges including them typically range from $300 upwards. The most popular over the last few years has been the Audio Technica AT440ML series. These are now superseded by the VM540ML which is $440. A recent addition to our product line is the JICO JR645SE at $275 which is excellent value for money.
We recently asked JICO to make a hyper-elliptical version of the OM10 stylus and can now offer this with an OMB10 body for just $180.
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