Tight bass, but the midrange distortion = terrible ear fatigue
This cartridge was installed and aligned for me by my local record shop. No issues with that whatsoever. My turntable was a Music Hall USB-1 purchased from Crutchfield. I thought the cartridge was an immediate upgrade over my stock cartridge, clearer, more bass and looked decent. But then something would happen. Despite the great tight bass sound after listening to a few records everything would start sounding shrill. I couldn't listen to more than 2 albums in a row without having my enjoyment diminish greatly. I thought it was me, I thought perhaps my hearing was too sensitive for long listening sessions, but when I am at work I can literally listen to music all day through my headphones (NAD Viso HP-50). Something was wrong but I couldn't figure out what. I saw a video review of this cartridge that was done by a very knowledgeable source who has a great equipment review series on youtube and that was it. The thing that was causing my listening fatigue and ringing headaches was the midrange distortion that seems to be a problem with this cartridge. It literally caused me headaches and make my brain feel clouded. It hurt my vinyl listening experience because I was not able to enjoy my records the way I should have. I then changed the cartridge and the difference was night and day. I was able to enjoy my music for long stretches, midrange distortion gone, headaches gone and great sound was achieved.
Pros: Nice bass
Cons: Midrange distortion destroys listening experience