Chris, in terms of tonality and dynamics, the AT91 (maybe a little inferior to the AT3600?) and the Stanton 500 with D70E (NOS) are identical. But i can concur that the Stanton wins the game in soundstage. Just marginally though.cafe latte wrote: ↑01 Nov 2018 05:57It kind of depends what you mean by eclipsed.. IMO my other carts are different and excel in different areas. Only the Decca has that full sound and detail the rest seem to trade detail for a thin sound stage. For me what is interesting about the AT3600 is you get that performance in the room sound and yes you trade a bit of finesse and detail but hey it is a lovely sound so who cares?
Does it sound better than a mp110? Probably as much as I like my mp500 and appreciate what it does well I like the in room presentation more. Very looking forward to the new ATVM95 range but I bet the cream will be replaced with thin as the stylus gets more exotic. I hope not but that is my bet.
I will provide some files at some point for auditon.
Your last comment about the "cream getting thinner", is pretty true.
That is usually the tradeoff as you get more "refined" with tip profiles.
For me the 0.2x0.7mil territory, is as "refined" as I am willing to go.
In practice though, for reasons you probably know already, I use a conical tip 80% of the times with the rest 20% being occupied mostly by 0.4x0.7mil ellipticals.