I’ve owned dozens of phono cartridges, many of them far more expensive than the VM540ML. Honestly had this been the first phono cartridge I had purchased, I’d have no reason to look any further. You cannot go wrong with the VM540ML. It really is that good. Exceptional clarity and detail. You’ll hear music you’d never heard before on your records. The treble and bass are perfectly balanced while the midrange sings beautifully. Also the ML stylus is known to last well over 1,000 hours of playing time, whereas elliptical stylus only lasts 200-300 hours. Seriously, this is a great cartridge without peers, be it MM or MC, the VM540ML is “the best of the best”! Happy listening!