I figure I have £100 for all 3 of these...
Thanks for your reply, DVDDoug. I checked the prices in the UK, where I'm from, and the cheapest I can get the Shure for is about £87, or ~$130. This is quite a bit more than I had hoped to spend, though I'm going to look into import options - the reviews seem very positive.
As far as I'm aware, this turntable doesn't come with a built-in pre-amp. If it does, would that be for the RCA out?
The STR8-150's rear panel sports a wide range of connectors that are rarely seen on the average turntable. As expected, a pair of standard RCA phono outputs is provided for basic connectivity to DJ mixers. But the similarities end there: Also included are a pair of RCA line outputs for connection to inputs that don't have phono preamps, as well as a S/PDIF jack for hooking up the deck to digital mixers or directly into digital recording devices like DAT players and computer soundcards. A switch between the phono and line outputs selects which output is active. There's also a power switch on the back panel; this is a bit of a departure from the top-mounted rotary on/off switches on other decks. All of the STR8-150's cables, including the power cable, are removable and replaceable Ñ a major improvement upon fixed cables.
Ok guys, I've done a lot more reading/googling, and I think I'm split between the Denon DL-110 and the Shure M97XE. The latter is a little cheaper... Does anyone have experience of both/either? I'd appreciate any info on whether this 110 is worth the extra money.
At the risk of getting a little OT here (although it does pertain to the OP's "finalist" cartridges), what are the practical, real-world differences in performance between moving-magnet and moving-coil?I have a basic understanding of how each one works on a mechanical/electrical level, but as I've never had hands-on experience with a moving-coil (and only one moving-magnet, the aforementioned Shure M97xe), I'm curious as to what the actual audible differences are between the two technologies, generally speaking.