10 Year Member
- Jul 25, 2011
I had the Ortofon blue a while back, and while it was a nice cart, it just wasn't for me. As far as carts in that price range, I much preferred the AT vm540ml. I think the biggest improvement to my ears comes from the microline stylus vs the elliptical of the 2m Blue. But different ears, ymmv, etc.
I'll tell you though, while amazon and musicdirect and most dealers will have carts at the same standard price unless they're open box or something, it's worth getting on the guitarcenter mailing list because they send out periodic coupons for 15-20% off, and you can save some coin on a new cart. While they do carry Ortofon, I don't believe they carry their 2m line.
Here's the cart I recommend to guys in the sub 300 range:
Audio-Technica VM540ML Dual Moving Magnet CartridgeShop for the Audio-Technica VM540ML Dual Moving Magnet Cartridge and receive free shipping on your order and the guaranteed lowest price.www.guitarcenter.com
I upgraded to the AT VM540ML about two years ago. Another satisfied customer here.