Picked up Project Carbon EVO last February after my CEC linear tracking TT went on the fritz. Came with the Ortofon Red but I still have an Audio Technica AT-152LP cartridge which on paper has better specs than the Ortofon. It's a p-mount though, so I need to get some proper gauges to align it correctly. I replaced the stock steel platter with the acrylic option. Phono pre-amp in my Denon AVR does just fine. (Need to add a photo)\n\nYou can always upgrade that Red to a Blue with just a stylus upgrade.