Transfiguration’s new top-of-the-line Proteus cartridge is unquestionably one of today’s finest moving coil transducers. The Proteus truly excels when mounted in VPI’s 3D tonearm at revealing musical nuances, unraveling textures and capturing the sense of recording space. At the same time, the Proteus is never amusical or exaggerated sounding and displays excellent linearity from the top to the bottom of the musical spectrum. Overall, the cartridge’s character leans ever-so-slightly to the cerebral rather than emotional side of the musical equation. No ifs ands or buts, the Proteus is an absolute steal for the money and gives cartridges costing double the price a serious run for their money.