coco44 wrote:The Elys II sounds ok, do you think "upgrading" to a 500/600 cartridge would be a lateral move?
I think your comment on the Elys is spot on yes it's not bad and "sounds OK" in most systems but there are more capable cartridges between the £125 of the Elys and £500-£600 level that are anything other than a lateral move.
The Dynavector 10x5 is a good cartridge and I don't know of many that are disappointed with them but at slightly lower cost there are some other very good cartridges things like:-
The only "Plug and play" solution the Rega Exact (£269) is a big step up from the Elys and dead easy to fit.
At a similar price level to the Exact then perhaps another HO MC the Denon DL-110 (£219) which is full of excitement missing from the Elys will need to use a protractor (not difficult - bit frustrating sometimes) this may need shims (again not difficult to fit). Audio Technica VM-540ML (£235) is probably one of the most detailed cartridges around.
Above this price level perhaps the Goldring G1042 (£325) is a cartridge that has lots and lots of followers because of it's performance and has one of the most sophisticated stylus around (would definitely need shims) and compared to the 2M Black (£495) or Nagaoka MP-500 (£600+) seems a real bargain. Nagaoka MP-150 (£355) would be another MM/MI contender in this price band.
Another HO MC at this price level Hana EH (£389) has a growing reputation too.
As you can see lots of options really