Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
I studied long and hard and listened to a few carts and talked with the guys at the record stores and ended up buying the Pearl from Crutchfield. I have about 100 hrs on it and it took 20 or more to settle into the sound with warmth yet vibrant highs with great bass as well. I had a good cart before but this is much better. I don't have the "ear" that some do but this took my music from 2D into 3D, if that makes any sense. Beatles, blues rock, prog rock and bluegrass are all better. Less noise on those records that are less than NM. Very much worth the $120 it costs. Playing it on a technics SL-23 belt drive dialed into perfect speed with a Kenwood KRV-8540, a nice vintage receiver with a phono preamp I am using but nothing special coming out of new Klipsch Reference speakers. It's all good.
Pros: Price, performance, looks