Ortofon’s SPU series of cartridges have been available on the market for many decades, and even today still enjoy many dedicated followers. Listening to the affordably priced SPU#1S on my system quickly dispels any doubt why the model has been successful for so long. It has an uncanny ability in engaging listeners by generating authoritative bass, full-bodied midrange, and transparent, airy highs. Meanwhile, there’s diminishing amount of euphonic colorations or unpleasant distortions. The slightly reduced resolution in minute spatial details is only noticeable when directly compared to other mid to high-priced MC cartridges. Otherwise by itself the SPU#1S is an excellent value as a versatile tool facilitating long-term music enjoyment.