I just wanted to extend a thank you to both Harry P. and Jonathan V. for their refreshing review/counterpoint on the Ortofon A90. I subscribe to TAS for accurate and objective reviews, and if Harry felt that way about the cartridge, so be it. I appreciate the objective opinion, and he certainly seemed to maintain the same throughout the rest of his review.
I don't know many high end audio shops that will allow me audition a $4200 cartridge, much less an entire range of them (I annoy them enough as it is). We truly depend on these opinions, and I for one prefer candor over delicate sugarcoating.
I also feel for the manufacturer - to have your 90th Anniversary flagship derailed by a prominent figure in the industry must be a profound disappointment. But many of their other products are well received, and the Cadenza Bronze in particular has been lauded in the British hi-fi press for the high degree of value it brings in the $1500 to $2000 range.
It also highlights the differences among listeners - my accuracy-freak friends cannot understand my driving need for tube musicality, and so on.
And I concur with Jonathan's initial assessment of his follow-up - a brave soul, indeed.
Many thanks for the excellent work.