Most dull sounding cartridges aren't! It's just they don't stand out in any way. But that doesn't mean these carts are bad. A good tone control might help out here. In fact, dull means often: fit for hours and hours of listening pleasure without fatigue. As for the REGA carts though, go for the most expensive ones. Don't buy the cheaper ones, you WILL buy the more expensive ones in the future as you probably keep wanting to know how the expensive ones sound in your set up. Endless tweaking, often a waste of money. Do it right first time. But.........for the price of the cheapest REGA's, one can find far better ones for less money. (Goldring, Ortofon, Audio Technica, Pickering/Stanton). Take your time choosing one or more, the best way of spending your free time.