Best cartridges

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Here are some great options (some brand-new, some old favourites) at a range of prices.

Under £100

Goldring E3

Well-balanced and adaptable, this is a fine first upgrade with a wide range of talents.

Reasons to Buy
A balanced and detailed performer
Refinement and clarity
Expressive dynamics
Easy to fit
Unfussy nature
Reasons to Avoid
Nothing at this price

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£79.95
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Under £250

Audio Technica AT-F7

It might be a bit fiddly to fit, but once it's up and running you'll reap the rewards in the shape of its refined and subtle sound.

SPECIFICATIONS

Tracking weight: 2g

Reasons to Buy
Revealing and refined
Great with acoustic music
Good build quality
Reasons to Avoid
Doesn't time as well as the best
Tricky to fit

Today's best Audio Technica AT-F7 deals

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£219
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£226
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£229.99

Under £500

Goldring 1042

Another cartridge that takes a bit of extra effort to get in place, but it's worth the effort. Expect a detailed and musically coherent sound.

SPECIFICATIONS

Tracking weight: 1.85g

Reasons to Buy
Very revealing
Great timing
Quiet backgrounds
Easily replaceable stylus
Reasons to Avoid
A bit fiddly to install
Sensitive to set-up

Today's best Goldring 1042 deals

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£249
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£279
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£279
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