Worth it for your Mono records.
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
After spending some time ruminating on whether or not a dedicated Mono cartridge was worth the expense, I decided to take the plunge at the same time I was replacing my stereo cart with the Audio-Technica VM540ML. While the VM610MONO might not be the final word on dedicated mono cartridges, I can honestly say I am pleased with the way my mono vinyl sounds. With this cartridge the mono records really pop (in a good way), the sound is very centered and full, surface noise seems much quieter, and (with proper set up and alignment) inner groove distortion has virtually been eliminated. And God help your neighbors if you decide to spin a few 45s with this cart. This does not sound like a cheap conical stylus by any means. So if you have a fair amount of Mono records in your collection, I think you will be pleased with this. And FYI, the newer reissues in mono (The Beatles box set, early Miles Davis on Columbia, etc.) sound fabulous. As usual, great price and service from the people at Crutchfield. Their return policy was one of the other reasons I decided to give the mono cart a try! It's a winner and I'm keeping it!
Pros: Better than a stereo cartridge for mono records, in my opinion.
Cons: You will need two head shells if you also listen to stereo records.