No experience with a DAT2, but nearly a year's worth with the older XV-15. it and the 625E stylus will track nearly anything. If the budget allows $100, the Audio-Technica A-T 440MLa is your meat. It tracks better than a coon dog on a damp evening and at less than 1 1/2 grams (usually MUCH less) and has a Micro-Line stylus for minimum record/stylus wear. It's a $450 MSRP cartridge that's still available for $99.99.99 on feebay. It probably won't be as mellow as the Pickering, but some break-in time and a little adjustment of the treble control can help. Try and move the TT behind the speakers if at all possible, and frankly, you can spend three times as much money on a cartridge and while it will sound different
, it's really hard to say objectively it will sound better
than the A-T440MLa, and I doubt many can say any cartridge/stylus for near the money will track as well, when set-up correctly. You can call the nice people at www,LPGear.com or http://www.garage-a-record.com
and ask them about an "upgrade stylus". Both show a "generic" (that's all that's available) .3x.7 mil elliptical for $20-30. GAR's 4604de DAME-2 for $19.95 looks unbeatable and tracks at .73-1.5 grams in your cartridge. That's a bargain in my skin-flint book. I have a "generic" in my XV-15, that's the same "specs" and I'm very pleased with it. Personally, I'd try the DAME-2 for about $24 with S&H first (we'll tell you the "secrets" of adjusting the VTF with and without the brush, but use the brush!), and the dark world of "ALIGNMENT" (no big deal either), and I'll bet with a new stylus, it will track that heavy bass without a problem!