unidyn wrote: The PL-15DII is superior in every way except the 15 only returns the arm where the 530 can be full auto. You can see and feel the difference.
I have to agree with this statement. Every time a PL-15 variant comes across my work-station I am amazed at the richness, depth and detail of the sound quality. There is a very distinct and noticeable difference in sound reproduction between the PL-15, it's predecessor the PL-12 range and subsequent variations in the 112, 115 and 117 ranges.
The PL-12 sounds great for a budget deck, but the PL-15 tops it. I've dropped entry level audiophile MM carts like the Shure M97Xe, Audio Technica AT95SE and the Ortofon OM10 on the PL-15, and it just sounds magical.
Off topic, but had to follow up on the comment.
Re: the Grado issue. Yep, I've heard about hum issues. I've also been very unimpressed with the audio output. A mate lent me his Grado cart (admittedly a DJ version) and it was completely dull and lifeless, even in my Technics 1200 which is renowned as a DJ deck. I couldn't believe how ordinary it was no matter how I tweaked it. I tried it in 4 different decks with the same result. Obviously work for some arms and shells, but none of mine.