I just got off a call with a local dealer about impressions of expensive cartridges and couldn’t help but feel somewhat disappointed.
I wanted to get a sense of what more there was to gain by going up the chain, but the sales guy kept going on about how my turntable wasn’t made for audiophiles because it didn’t have enough VTA adjustment and it doesn’t make sense to drop coin on an expensive cart for it. I’ve read about people putting $7,000 carts on turntables that might have cost $1,500 (which today cost $5,000 because of rarity).
Not that I would do something so crazy, but what do you guys think? Was he right?
Also, if you have experience to share, what does a $7,000 cartridge get you that a $5,000, $2,500, $500 cartridge doesn’t?