I'm planning on upgrading from my current 31 year old Pickering XV-15/625E to either the Ortofon Samba or Nagaoka MP-200 carts. Does anyone have any input on either of these carts?
They'll be mated to a Grace G-707 MkII on a Denon DP-55K. I'm looking for a full, warm-ish sound with deep, detailed bass, natural mids and a smooth, extended top end. I listen to all types of music for the most part, from classical to jazz to blues to 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's pop/rock/alternative. I live in an apartment on the second floor with my girlfriend, so we listen at quiet to moderate volume levels.
I hope this is enough information from me to get things rolling. I look forward to your input!
Just a side note, my girlfriend and I just went out today and bought our first set of LP's together. It's the first LP's I've bought in about 5-6 years, but it's been over 20 years for her. In fact, since my integrated amp (Technics SU-8099) has two sets of phono inputs and she's afraid to touch my TT, I'm now on a search for another TT that I can throw a decent MM cart on so she can spin some vinyl when I'm not around.