One really has to hear cartridges to KNOW what they sound like.
And, same as everything else, the reviews can't tell us IF WE WILL LIKE IT OR NOT! Towards the middle and end of the 90,s I went through "Cartridge Fever". Had to have this, wanted that, still looking for something else, found out that I liked certain Grado,s, the Audio Technica AT150ML, and still stood with my personal dance music favorites THE STANTON 681SE!
Then, I bought a few losers along the way, too. One, which has ALL the recommendations and reviews, is from a maker known as Garrott Bros, from Australia. Good for classical recordings, hated em with dance!
JUST BECAUSE it COSTS SOOOOO MUCH, GUARANTEES NOTHING! And, further food for thought, NO cartridge made will make a BAD RECORDING SOUND PROPER! Then, always remember, any device might be that good, if used on another device, or with another device, of the kind the manufacturer designed the product to be used with. This means David Meza is right about needing a certain TT, and arm, as cartridges mate well with some arms and not others. Putting a cartridge designed to be mounted on a SME arm, on a standard technics S arm, well......
Also, manufacturers and their marketing departments are MORE than aware of how price sways people into LUSTING a product. They can, will, and DO, price products high, and advertise their use of Rarium, Bullshitanium Oxide, and UNOBTANIUM, housed in a custom hand milled solid piece of special mineral only available on URANUS. They know that we always want what we can't have, and many people do think, " Hey if it costs more, it must be better", and that ain't always the case!
Now that highly conductive metal, "UNOBTANIUM" has been known about in the audio community for years. And THIS is what they were looking for on Pandora in the movie Avatar! Only we live in real life, not fantasy, so, don't always believe the hype!