...and then if I can convince the boss (through A/B comparisons!)
I use Shure Whitelabels at home but the boss has already pooh-poohed even considering them
I haven't been in the market for a phono cartridge for a long time, and I'm not going to make a recommendation. I usually just suggest that a Shure M97 should be "good enough" for almost anything and I don't recommend buying anything much more expensive than the M97 for something that's never going to sound as good as a CD, no matter how much you spend. My attitude is that you shouldn't go too cheap with vinyl/analog, because there is a correlation between cost & quality. But, there's no point in going overboard chasing an unreachable goal either... (Again, I'm not recommending the M97... Its just a cost-reference point...)I don't get why £100 or so is a big deal to a business. You didn't say what business you're in or what business purpose this has... Presumably this is an investment, and there is a payoff. If someone is getting paid to do this, the cartridge investment is insignificant compared to the labor cost. And, if there is going to be any "clean-up" of the digitized recordings, it could consume many labor hours. (And with EQ & de-clicking, the clean-up step can potentially make a bigger improvement than a different cartridge.)Quote...and then if I can convince the boss (through A/B comparisons!) How are you going to compare, other than your Shure White Labels? Are you going to "drag" him tor a store? It doesn't sound like he's that interested... And, if he's not particularly interested, he might not hear enough difference to justify the cost.QuoteI use Shure Whitelabels at home but the boss has already pooh-poohed even considering them Why? Cost? Because they are "DJ cartridges"?
At work we have a turntable (Numark TTX, with the integrated USB ADC) which we use for slowly going through some of our back catalogue and digitising (the company's been around a LONG time, before the advent of the CD!)...We're looking to spend £40-70 on a cartridge