Currently, I am using an Ortofon Blue cartridge. I am not a hardcore audiophile but I do like good sound at a budget price. Yesterday, I took out my first turntable (Audio Technica AT LP60). It is equipped with a bottom of the line Audio Technica cartridge which costs less than $20. I did a comparison between the two cartridges. I was amazed on how good the Audio Technica cartridge sounded. Yes, the Ortofon Blue had more detail and a better soundstage. Other than that, the AT gave the Ortofon a run for it's money. I do know that certain companies in China take the AT $20 cartridge and change the color of the housing and sell them for around $100. I have seen comparative reviews of the AT $20 cartridge on YouTube and they say basically the same thing...the AT $20 cartridge sounds damn good! So, for any beginners out there, I would highly recommend the Audio Technica LP60 turntable with the cheap cartridge (around $100).