Looking for feedback/advice from those who have heard and/or owned both.
I have an all original Sony PS-X5 with an extra OEM headshell.
From what I can gather spec wise, the weight of both carts is similar so compliance shouldn't be an issue, and I have multiple options for loading on my phono stage (it is a MM only unit though). All tube setup BTW---Parks Audio Budgie phono/ Audio Electronics AE-3 preamp/ Dynaco MK IV monoblocks
For $299 shipped I just don't see how I could go wrong with this upgrade.
Almost every review and forum discussion I have seen gives it thumbs up all around.
As most say, the 2M red can be a bit bright and analytical, but overall I find it a pleasing cart in my setup. I listen to probably 60-70% classic rock/prog rock, the rest a mix of folk/blues/jazz.
What say ye folks?
Would this be a good choice for an upgrade, or maybe spend a bit less and go with an AT-440MLa or b. I had thought about getting a blue stylus for the 2M, but if I am going to spend that much, I would rather go with a different cart altogether to try a bit different sound profile.
I really don't want to go north of $400 for a cart, and I am looking at this as a long-term purchase. Not big into swapping carts around just due to lack of funds to buy a bunch, so my decisions on this stuff are pretty well hashed out before pulling the trigger.
TIA for any and all advice.