The Little Things
In audio, the little things always matter, and in the world of vinyl the cartridge is what actually touches the surface of the record, so picking the right one isn't always easy, especially if budget is a concern.
I've used other Audio Technica cartridges before, such as the AT33EV and the AT33PTG (first version). Both are outstanding performers in their price range, but if you can afford the ART-9 I would recommend it in a heartbeat. It has the tonal balance and tracking of the others but offers a more refined presentation while still getting things like the cymbals and other small percussives with uncanny accuracy, all the while still being sublime and delicious.
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