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Think of your wine. You will like to have a full-bodied wine, powerful and big, good tannin balance, well-aged! (You will not go wrong with a good Cabernet!) This is the Sumiko Pearl. I am a long-time Vinyl owner, and a combination of Audiophile and DJ. Needless to say, I have used and tried lots of Carts and needles over the years (from the 70's all the way to the "first" end of the vinyl era - mid 90's). This was my first Sumiko cartridge and in one word, awesome! To me, the sound definition is similar to that of the SHURE M97e, but overall rounded. In my wine analogy, the M97e will definitively fall in the mid-bodied range. Go ahead! You will not be disappointed with this one!
Pros: Excellent balance between highs and lows!
Cons: Noticeable background noise.