Skip to content
🔴 EXTRA 20% off Clearance Vinyl, use code EXTRA20 shop now
🔴 EXTRA 20% off Clearance Vinyl, use code EXTRA20 shop now
  1. 🚚 Free Shipping on Orders over $99 to Continental US
  2. 10% OFF 4️⃣ or MORE Records Every Day! details
  3. 🔴 Save On Audio Gear shop gear specials

📊 Best Turntable Cartridges By Price - TTL Levels

This guide features moving magnet cartridges $500 and under. These are not DJ models.

↳ Best Budget Cartridge Under $40

↳ Staple Entry-Level Cartridge at $70

↳ Upgradeable Entry level HiFi Cartridge at $90

↳ Best-selling + Most Popular HiFi Cartridge at $100

↳ Top Value Nude Diamond Stylus at $120

↳ Entry-Level Japanese Cartridge at $150

↳ High-End Audio + Easy Installation at $179

↳ Nude Diamond Stylus, Easy Installation at $300 Range

↳ Well-Reviewed Japan-made Cartridge, $300 Range

👉 A tight-specced elliptical stylus and upgraded cantilever deliver great dynamics and wide frequency range. Sumiko's revamped Oyster series has been one of the best reviewed cartridge lines since its introduction in 2020.

↳ Nude Diamond Japanese Cartridge at $350

↳ Entry Point to Moving Coil Design at $400

👉 If you want to explore the qualities of moving coil (more sound detail, requires MC compatible preamp) the Quintet Red is the most affordable option we offer. The Red is known to be a well-rounded cartridge for all types of music. Ortofon describes its output as: "open, dynamic sound with a slight touch of warmth."

↳ Japanese Moving Coil Design under $500