I thought you might be interested in my recent cartridge install on my zero. Some may not agree it's a match but I wanted to try something different.
My thoughts after I installed the Sumiko Pearl on my zero;
First impression was that the Pearl rides low on the tonearm and because of that setting the stylus force is tricky to say the least, in the end I'm confident I got it right.
It tracks great and surface noise is kept to a minimum as advertised.
It's not bright at all and IMO the highs are rolled off nicely. The midrange is this carts strong suit as of right now with under 2 hours on it and the bass is tight but not overly powerful.
I'm listening to a stereo version of the Beatles white album and the highs appear to be opening up a tad but right now it's a little laid back for my taste, I'm hoping that approves this week. All in all a very nice cartridge with lots to like.
I also added the ART preamp to the mix and although I didn't think it sounded very good in the beginning after some adjustments it sounds better than the stock phono input. Well spent 50 bucks Edited by comfynumb - 2/26/14 at 12:11pm