Dear Customer,

As president of Audio-Technica Corporation, I am very pleased to present our full range of phono cartridges.

When my father, Hideo Matsushita, started the company in 1962, the first product he created was the AT1 phono cartridge. By the mid-70’s, Audio-Technica was the largest manufacturer of phono cartridges in the world with an extensive product line-up, in addition to manufacturing cartridges for no fewer than 40 different global brands. Since that time audio and entertainment has become highly digital but Audio-Technica has never ceased to innovate - not only through our range of analogue phono cartridges, but also in developing and producing two of the most important elements of the audio chain: microphones and headphones.

These two transducers, along with speakers, are arguably the most important link between any electro acoustic technology and the sound we hear or produce. We design microphones to capture the audio in its original acoustic form and we design headphones to reproduce the audio for you to enjoy.

I welcome people of my generation, born in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s to rediscover the natural sound that can only come from listening to their vinyl collection; and I welcome younger people born in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s to buy vinyl, listen to it and compare it to their CDs and MP3s favored today.


I guarantee that all of you will rediscover, or perhaps discover for the first time, something unique that we can’t write in our technical specifications: a level of emotion that will instantly captivate you. This is due not only to the nature of analogue technology, but to the purity and the musicality of our cartridges, resulting from the passion of our design engineers benefiting from 50 years of technological heritage and the handcraftsmanship of our dedicated employees.

I would like to thank you personally for your interest in our product line and wish you many thousands of hours of pure listening pleasure from your Audio-Technica cartridge.
Kazuo Matsushita
President Audio-Technica Corporation

The Early Years  When I started Audio-Technica in 1962, our first product introduction was the AT-1 stereo cartridge. During that summer, the recording equipment & technology magazine, “Record Geijutsu”, featured the AT-1 cartridge in their special edition “All About Stereos”. In the meantime, my brother-in-law introduced me to the head of Columbia Records who placed an order for 100 cartridges, the specifications of which were so stringent that it took us over a month to deliver!

At this time we were working in a single, rented room in Tokyo’s Shinjuku 1-chome district – we’d started out with three employees, but that number had now grown to 20. We all worked late into each night, stopping only to eat dinner at a ramen noodle shop just in-front of the premises. We stayed there for two years before the need for more space took us to the third-floor of a building in the Higashi-Okubo district. Then just one year later we’d outgrown these premises and moved once more to our now headquarters at Naruse in the city of Machida. 
Hideo Matsushita (1919- 2013)
Audio-Technica Founder

 

 

AT-ART9 Stereo moving coil

From AT: If you prefer more dynamic music like jazz/pop music, we recommend you use the Magnetic Core Moving Coil cartridge AT-ART9. It will deliver much more presence with rich low mid frequencies. Rodrigo Thomaz Audio Technica

From us: This is without doubt one of the very best sub £1K cartridges out there. If you can just about afford it, then buy it !

Audio-Technica’s flagship magnetic core MC type cartridge with very high quality magnetic circuit.
Neodymium magnet and permendur yoke have drastically increased the magnetic energy
A neodymium magnet is employed with a maximum energy product BHmax of 50[kJ/m3] whilst a permendur yoke is used with a high saturation flux density and excellent magnetic materials.
Hybrid body that reduces unnecessary parasitic resonance
The housing is made of machined aluminium materials and the cover is made of hard plastic materials. This disperses parasitic resonance and results in clear sound quality.
Machined aluminium base
The base that supports the magnetic circuit and vibration system is made of machined aluminium material. This enables it to serve as a solid base to support stable playback capability.
High-separation, wide-response dual moving coil
The basic structure is an original MC type, with separate cylindrical coils to the left and right channels. Since power is generated independently in each of the left and right channels, this structure offers truly superior separation. If the signal from the opposite channel escapes, this can cause intermodulation distortion and have a decisive impact on audio quality and how the stereo sound spreads. The structure of this product ensures a clear and smooth sound. Additionally, the two coils have a reverse-V shape which reduces effective moving mass as seen from the stylus tip, limiting unnecessary movement of the coil and further eliminating distortion.
Special line contact stylus and solid boron cantilever with a 0.26 mm diameter
The stylus tip is a special line contact type with a 40 µm × 7 µm curvature radius  and a solid boron cantilever with a 0.26 mm diameter. This allows accurate transfer of music signals read by the stylus tip to the magnetic coil.
High-sound-quality brass mounting screws Two brass mounting screws are provided to attach the cartridge to the shell. They are optimally suited to the high sound quality of the cartridge itself.
· Type: Dual Moving Coil
· Frequency Response: 15 to 50,000 Hz
· Channel Separation: 30 dB (1 kHz)
· Channel Balance: 1.0 dB (1 kHz)
· Coil Impedance: 12R (1 kHz)
· DC Resistance: 12R
· Tracking Force: 1.25 to 1.75 g (standard 1.5 g)
· Vertical Tracking Angle: 23 degrees
· Recommended Load Impedance: 100R
· Coil Inductance: 25 mH (1 kHz)
· Static Compliance: 35 x 10 – 6 cm / dyne
· Dynamic Compliance: 9 x 10 – 6 cm / dyne (100 Hz)
· Output Voltage: 0.4 mV (at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec)
· Stylus Shape: MicroLine™
· Cantilever: Gold-plated solid boron
· Stylus Construction: Nude square shank
· Mount: 1/2” centres
· Dimensions: 17.3 (H) x 16.8 (W) x 25.7 (L) mm
· Weight: 8.0 g
· Accessories: 1 non magnetic screw driver; 1 brush; 2 washers; 2 x 13.5 mm mounting screws; 2 x 18 mm mounting screws; 1 plastic protector;

£819.00

 

AT-ART7 Stereo moving coil
 

From AT: If you prefer to listen to multiple orchestrate classical music, we recommend the Non-magnetic Core Moving Coil cartridge AT-ART7. It can reproduce more sensitive sound of each instrument. Rodrigo Thomaz Audio Technica

From us: This is without doubt one of the very best sub £1K cartridges out there. If you are not into rock and pop and can just about afford it, then buy it !

Liquid crystal polymer armature
Liquid crystal polymer used for the coil winding frame has not only an extreme mechanical strength but also an unique property which increases the mechanical strength as the product becomes thinner. Therefore it is the most suitable material for the vibration system of cartridges. This has high intensity and vibration absorption properties, enabling high-quality sound by suppressing unwanted vibration when from power generation.
Newly designed magnetic circuit that maximizes magnetic energy
The magnetic circuit of this product uses a large-sized neodymium magnet with approximately twice the volume of conventional Audio-Technica ferrite core MC types. (Maximum energy product BHmax: 50 [kJ/m3]) The permendur magnetic circuit parts located around the magnet have also been newly designed to maximize the strength of the intensive magnetic field in the coil gap. This magnetic circuit increases the output voltage, and also enhances playback capability in the medium-to-low-frequency range that is said to be a weak point of conventional non magnetic core MC types. This provides a very accurate frequency response.
Special line contact stylus and solid boron cantilever with a 0.26 mm diameter The stylus tip is a special line contact type with a 40µm x 7µm curvature radius and a solid boron cantilever with a 0.26 mm diameter. This allows accurate transfer of music signals read by the stylus tip to the power generating moving coils.
Machined aluminium base. The base that supports the magnetic circuit and vibration system is made of machined aluminium material. This enables it to serve as a solid base to support stable playback capability.
Hybrid body that reduces unnecessary parasitic resonance The housing is made of machined aluminium materials and the cover is made of hard plastic materials. This disperses parasitic resonance and results in clear sound quality.

· Type: Non Magnetic Core Moving Coil
· Frequency Response: 15 to 50,000 Hz
· Channel Separation: 30 dB (1 kHz)
· Channel Balance: 0.5 dB (1 kHz)
· Coil Impedance: 12R (1 kHz)
· DC Resistance: 12R
· Tracking Force: 1.6 to 2.0 g (standard 1.8 g)
· Vertical Tracking Angle: 23 degrees
· Recommended Load Impedance:  100R
· Coil Inductance: 25 mH (1 kHz)
· Static Compliance: 35 x 10 – 6 cm / dyne
· Dynamic Compliance: 10 x 10 – 6 cm / dyne (100 Hz)
· Output Voltage: 0.12 mV (at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec)
· Stylus Shape: Special Line Contact Stylus
· Cantilever: 0.26 mm Ø solid boron
· Stylus Construction: Nude square shank
· Mount: 1/2” centres
· Dimensions: 17.3 (H) x 17.0 (W) x 25.6 (L) mm
· Weight: 8.5 g
· Accessories: 1 non magnetic screw driver; 1 brush; 2 washers; 2 x 12 mm mounting screws; 2 Nuts; 2 x 18 mm mounting screws; 1 plastic protector; 1 set of PCOCC Lead Wires (AT6106)

£899.00


 

AT-33Sa Stereo moving coil

From us: This is the top of the range from the 33 series. If you like Shibata stylus then this is the cartridge for you.

From AT: The AT33sa is the first Audio-Technica MC cartridge model to feature a Shibata stylus. In addition to its superior high-range performance as a line-contact stylus, the Shibata stylus produces mid and bass sound that is strong and rich. The Shibata stylus is mounted on a boron cantilever with a double damper to greatly improve sound quality.
Advanced tapered boron cantilever and reduced weight
The AT33sa uses a tapered boron cantilever. Tapering the cantilever and revising the number of coil rotations reduce the weight, giving the cartridge better high range performance and wide range reproduction.
Neodymium magnet with dramatically enhanced magnetic energy and permendur yoke
The model uses a neodymium magnet with maximum energy product BHmax of 50 [kJ/m3] and a permendur yoke with high saturation flux density and outstanding magnetic properties, which further enhances the concentrated magnetic field of the coil gap.
High-separation, wide response dual moving coil
The basic structure is an original MC type, with separate cylindrical coils to the left and right channels. Since power is generated independently in each of the left and right channels, this structure offers truly superior separation. If the signal from the opposite channel escapes, this can cause intermodulation distortion and have a decisive impact on audio quality and how the stereo sound spreads. The structure of this product ensures a clear and smooth sound. Additionally, the two coils have a reverse-V shape which reduces effective moving mass as seen from the stylus tip, limiting unnecessary movement of the coil and further eliminating distortion.
VC mold limits unnecessary vibration
The VC mould that affixes the coils is made with hard synthetic resin containing potassium titanate to make it highly strong and rigid. This improvement results in a lighter product, which reduces unnecessary vibration.
A tough body designed to be rigid
The product’s housing is made of precision-cast hard aluminium alloy. Hard synthetic resin sandwiching in the structure on the top and bottom suppresses parasitic resonance. This minimizes unnecessary noise while enhancing rigidity and the signal-to-ratio.

· Type: Dual Moving Coil
· Body Material: Aluminium/Synthetic Resin
· Frequency Response: 15 to 50,000 Hz
· Channel Separation: 30 dB (1 kHz)
· Output Channel Balance: 0.5 dB (1 kHz)
· Output: 0.4 mV (at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec)
· Vertical Tracking Angle: 23 degrees
· Vertical Tracking Force : 1.8 to 2.2 g (standard 2.0 g)
· Stylus Shape: Shibata
· Stylus Curvature Radius: Shibata
· Stylus Construction: Nude square shank
· Cantilever: Nude tapered boron
· Static Compliance: 40 x 10 – 6 cm / dyne
· Dynamic Compliance: 10 x 10 – 6 cm / dyne (100 Hz)
· Wire Used for Coil: PCOCC (see note n°3)
· Terminal Pins: PCOCC (see note n°3)
· Recommended Load Impedance: 100R
· Coil Impedance: 10R (1 kHz)
· DC Resistance: 10R
· Coil Inductance: 22 µH (1 kHz)
· Cartridge Weight: 6.9 g
· Dimensions: 16.0 (H) x 16.6 (W) x 26.5 (L) mm
· Mounting: 1/2” centres
· Replacement Stylus: (see note n°2)
· Accessories Included: 1 non magnetic screw driver; 1 brush; 2 washers; 2 Nuts; 2 x 19 mm mounting screws; 1 plastic protector; 1 set of PCOCC Lead Wires (AT6101)

£619.00

 

AT-33PTG/II Stereo moving coil

From us: The PTG has been a long time favourite in the USA and Japan and is finally available here in the UK !

From AT: Advanced nude tapered boron and weight reduction
This model succeeds in thinning down and shortening the cantilever, compared to the AT33PTG. The coil impedance is also refined from 17R to 10R. We realized significant weight reduction of the vibration system and successfully improved the basic performance and sound quality of the cartridge.
High performance and long-life MicroLinear™ stylus
MicroLinear™ (ML) is a specially polished line contact stylus. This has better high range performance than the conical or elliptical stylus due to its small curvature radius and realizes low distortion and expanding high range reproduction even when playing at the inner circumference of records. And the constancy of the line contact shape is one of its main features with an average product lifetime of around 1000+ hours.

· Type: Dual Moving Coil
· Frequency Response: 15 to 50,000 Hz
· Channel Separation: 30 dB (1 kHz)
· Channel Balance: 0.5 dB (1 kHz)
· Coil Impedance: 10R (1 kHz)
· DC Resistance: 10R
· Tracking Force: 1.8 to 2.2 g (standard 2.0g)
· Vertical Tracking Angle: 23 degrees
· Recommended Load Impedance: 100R
· Coil Inductance: 22 mH (1 kHz)
· Static Compliance: 40 x 10 – 6 cm / dyne
· Dynamic Compliance: 10 x 10 – 6 cm / dyne (100 Hz)
· Output Voltage: 0.3 mV (at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec)
· Stylus Shape: MicroLine™
· Cantilever: Gold-plated solid boron
· Stylus Construction: Nude square shank
· Mount: 1/2” centers
· Dimensions: 16.0 (H) x 16.6 (W) x 26.5 (L) mm
· Weight: 6.9 g
· Accessories: 1 non magnetic screw driver; 2 washers; 2 Nuts; 2 x 13 mm mounting screws; 2 x 19 mm mounting screws; 1 plastic protector; 1 set of PCOCC Lead Wires(AT6101)

£419.00

 


AT-OC9/III Stereo moving coil


This From us: The Audio-Technica AT-OC9 III phono cartridge is one of the finest moving coil cartridges made. It is manufactured extremely well in Japan and is very reliable. Its performance is both world class and top class. It is one of the cartridges of choice for the Linn LP12 with Ittok arms and we just love them on everything else too!. However, the AT-OC9/III is one of the worlds most tolerant cartridges, and has all the benefits of being moving coil, read the many reviews on the net?

From AT: The AT-OC9/III replaces the critically acclaimed OC9MLII. Building on the enduring reputation of its predecessor, the AT-OC9/III features a special line contact stylus embedded into a low profile solid boron cantilever, ensuring the music signals read by the tip of the stylus are transmitted reliably to the coils.

The OC9's "VC mould" design ensures stability and rigidity whilst the dual moving coil offers excellent stereo separation and improved frequency response for long lasting performance.

The use of PCOCC wire (Pure Copper by Ohno Continuous Casting), a special copper with virtually no transverse crystal barriers to impede signal transmission, perfects the performance of the advanced
dual coil design.

· Type: Moving coil (MC)
· Frequency response: 15 to 50,000 Hz
· Output voltage: 0.4mV (1 kHz, 5 cm/sec.)
· Channel separation: 30 dB (1 kHz)
· Channel balance: 0.5 dB (1 kHz)
· Tracking force: 1.8 to 2.2 g (standard: 2.0 g)
· Coil impedance: 12R(1kHz)
· DC resistance: 12R
· Recommended load impedance: 100R
· Coil inductance: 25µH (1 kHz)
· Static compliance: 35 x 10 - 6 cm/dyne
· Dynamic compliance: 18 x 10 - 6 cm/dyne (100 Hz)
· Stylus: Special Line contact stylus (curvature radius: 40 x 7µm)
· Cantilever: 0.26 mm diameter solid boron
· Vertical tracking angle: 23 degrees
· Dimensions: 17.3(H) x 16.8(W) x 25.7(L) mm
· Weight: 8.0 g

£419.00

 


AT-33EV Stereo moving coil


From us : Having a very slightly "warmer" sound than the OC9 we are very pleased to be able to supply this Japanese made AT33EV Evolution in the UK at last! We use this as our cartridge of choice on the Timestep Evo turntable. The 33EV is an excellent low cost match for the SME 309.

From AT: The original model of this stereo cartridge is the AT33ANV, which was available as a special release to celebrate our 45th anniversary. The A33ANV was the first in the AN33 series to feature a Duralumin cantilever, which received wide acclaim for its sound quality. Retaining the basic specification, we present a further improved and evolved model.

The A33EV is a ½ inch, standard mount 0.3 x 0.7 mil elliptical cartridge featuring a tapered Duralumin cantilever which reduces the effective mass of the cartridge, resulting in a more durable cantilever. The Dual Moving Coil cartridge design increases channel separation and extends the frequency response range delivering extraordinary audio quality. Internally constructed with a neodymium magnet enhances magnetic energy and PCOCC wire for pure audio transmission.
· Elliptical stylus chip and durable duralumin tapered pipe cantilever.
· 10O mid impedance specifications.
· Dramatically increased magnetism with neodymium magnets and PCOCC as the coil.
· High separation, wide-response dual moving coil.
· VC Mold eliminates unnecessary vibrations.
· "Hanenite" anti-vibration rubber eliminates unwanted vibrations.
· Type: MC-type
· Playback frequency range: 15-50,000Hz
· Output voltage: 0.3mV (1kHz and 3.54cm/sec.)
· Channel separation: 30dB (1kHz)
· Output balance: 0.5dB (1kHz)
· Stylus pressure: 1.8-2.2g (2.0g standard)
· Coil impedance: 10R (1kHz)
· DC resistance: 10R
· Load resistance:  100R
· Recommended Load Impedance:  100R
· Coil inductance: 22µH (1kHz)
· Static compliance: 40×10-6cm/dyne
· Dynamic compliance: 10×10-6cm/dyne (100Hz)
· Stylus needle shape: Oval (0.3×0.7mil)
· Cantilever: Duralumin tapered pipe
· Vertical tracking angle: 23°
· Dimensions: H16×W16.6×D26.5mm
· Weight: 6.9g
· Accessories: Non-magnetic screwdriver × 1, Washer × 2, Protector × 1, Cartridge installation screws 13 mm × 2 and 19 mm × 2, Nut × 2, Brush × 1, PCOCC lead set × 1

£379.00

 


AT-OC9ML/II Stereo moving coil


From us: Some people prefer this to the III so AT have kept it available at a lower price. . It is one of the cartridges of choice for the Linn LP12 with Ittok arms and we just love them on everything else too!. The AT-OC9ML/II is one of the worlds most tolerant cartridges, and requires little setting up. Read the review by clicking here http://www.soundhifi.com/vinyl.htm

From AT: The AT-OC9ML/II Dual Moving MicroCoil™ cartridge is a significant achievement in precision manufacturing, with tolerances held to mere thousandths of an inch. Stringent quality control assures that these tolerances, as well as performance criteria, are maintained by every AT-OC9ML/II cartridge. In addition, the AT-OC9ML/II features:
· Dual-coil system for maximum channel separation.
· High-flux samarium cobalt magnet for improved electrical generation.
· PCOCC coil windings for low-loss “transparent” signal transmission.
· Gold-plated solid boron cantilever.
· MicroLine™ stylus.
· Type: Dual Moving Coil
· Frequency Response: 15 to 50,000 Hz
· Channel Separation: 30 dB (1 kHz)
· Channel Balance: 1.0 dB (1 kHz)
· Coil Impedance: 12R (1 kHz)
· DC Resistance: 12R
· Tracking Force: 1.25 to 1.75 g (standard 1.5 g)
· Vertical Tracking Angle: 23 degrees
· Recommended Load Impedance: 100R
· Coil Inductance: 25 mH (1 kHz)
· Static Compliance: 35 x 10 – 6 cm / dyne
· Dynamic Compliance: 9 x 10 – 6 cm / dyne (100 Hz)
· Output Voltage: 0.4 mV (at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec)
· Stylus Shape: MicroLine™
· Cantilever: Gold-plated solid boron
· Stylus Construction: Nude square shank
· Mount: 1/2” centers
· Dimensions: 17.3 (H) x 16.8 (W) x 25.7 (L) mm
· Weight: 8.0 g
· Accessories: 1 non magnetic screw driver; 1 brush; 2 washers; 2 x 13.5 mm mounting screws; 2 x 18 mm mounting screws; 1 plastic protector;

£369.00


 

 

AT-F7 Stereo moving coil

From us: The AT-F7 provides outstanding clarity and transparency of tone along with great frequency response and precise stereo imaging. Finished in a stylish silver housing. You could call this a baby OC-9. Check out our review by click here http://www.soundhifi.com/images/AT-F7.pdf

From AT: The new Audio-Technica AT-F7 stereo cartridge features our celebrated dual coil design and elliptical stylus for class leading quality of sound and reliability. The elliptical stylus has two radii, the front radius being wider than the side radius. This allows the stylus to ride in the centre of the groove, while the smaller side radius can more accurately track higher frequencies. The dual coil design of the AT-F7 provides outstanding clarity and transparency of tone along with improved frequency response and precise stereo imaging.
Finished in a stylish silver housing.

· Type: Moving coil (MC)
· Frequency response: 15 to 50,000 Hz
· Output voltage: 0.35 mV (1 kHz, 5cm/sec.)
· Channel separation: 27 dB (1 kHz)
· Channel balance: 1.5 dB (1 kHz)
· Tracking force: 1.8 to 2.2 g (standard: 2.0 g)
· Coil impedance: 12R (1 kHz)
· DC resistance: 12R
· Recommended load impedance: 100R
· Coil inductance: 25 µH (1 kHz)
· Static compliance: 35 x 10 - 6 cm/dyne
· Dynamic compliance: 9 x 10 - 6 cm/dyne (100 Hz)
· Stylus: Nude elliptical stylus 0.2 x 1.7 mil
· Suspension wires: Stainless
· Vertical tracking angle: 23 degrees
· Dimensions: 17.3 (H) x 16.8 (W) x 25.4 (L) mm
· Weight: 5.0 g

£199.00


 

AT-F2 Stereo moving coil

From us: A great alternative to the Denon DL-103, this is a "proper" low output moving coil cartridge with an elliptical stylus.

From AT: The AT-F2 stereo cartridge features our celebrated dual coil design and elliptical stylus for class leading quality of sound and reliability.
A neodymium magnet is employed for maximum energy, alongside a pure iron yoke with excellent magnetic properties, to boost the magnetic field concentrated in the coil gap area.
The power is generated independently for the left and right channels, which provides outstanding separation characteristics
A reverse V-shaped formation is adopted for the two left and right coils to reduce the vibration mass as seen from the stylus tip and minimize the unnecessary movement of the coils to further diminish the distortion. Using a precision-crafted sturdy aluminium alloy as the base, the body’s structure is made of hard resin, which minimizes parasitic resonance and improves the signal-to-noise ratio.

· Type: Moving Coil (MC)
· Frequency Response: 15 – 30,000 Hz
· Output Voltage: 0.32 mV (1 kHz, 5cm/sec)
· Channel Separation: 25 dB (1kHz)
· Channel Balance: 1.5 dB (1kHz)
· Tracking Force: 1.8 – 2.2 g (Standard 2.0 g)
· Coil Impedance: 12R (1kHz)
· DC Resistance: 12R
· Recommended Load Impedance:  100R
· Coil Inductance: 25µH(1kHz)
· Static Compliance: 35×10-6cm/dyne
· Dynamic Compliance: 9×10-6cm/dyne(100Hz)
· Stylus Shape: Elliptical Stylus 0.3×0.7mil
· Vertical Tracking Angle: 23°
· Dimensions: H17.3×W16.8×D25.4mm
· Weight: 5.0g


£149.00

 

AT-150MLX Stereo moving magnet

From us: At last this revered moving magnet cartridge once only available from the USA is here in the UK. Arguably the best moving magnet cartridge in the world, if you like moving magnets then this is the cartridge for you! Read the review by clicking here http://www.soundhifi.com/images/150mlx.pdf

From AT: Gold-plated boron cantilever.
Its tiny, gold-plated boron cantilever provides an extremely rigid yet lightweight platform to which the stylus is mounted. Interestingly, the gold plating acts to damp what little resonance the boron may produce.
MicroLine™ Stylus.
The stylus used is of the latest and most advanced design: the MicroLine™ stylus. More closely resembling the cutter stylus than any previous design, this shape produces better high frequency response with less wear or distortion than with earlier configurations.
Plate between the left and right channels in the generator system assure that the high level of channel separation achieved is preserved at the cartridge output. To further increase the accuracy of the AT150MLX’s moving system, Audio-Technica engineers have ensured against unwanted parasitic vibration with an anti-resonance ceramic mounting base.
 This superb cartridge offers audiophiles and other serious listeners added musical enjoyment.
· Para-toroïdal generator coil circuit
· System featuring PCOCC Wire
· MicroLine® shaped diamond tip
· Gold-plated boron cantilever
· Mu-metal shielding plate
· Type: VM Dual Magnet
· Frequency Response: 10 to 30,000 Hz
· Channel Separation: 30 dB (1 kHz)
· Channel Balance: 0.8 dB (1 kHz)
· Vertical Tracking Angle: 23 degrees
· Tracking force: 1.8 to 2.2 g (standard: 2.0 g)
· Recommended Load Impedance: 47K
· Coil Inductance: 360 mH (1 kHz)
· Static Compliance: 40 x 10 – 6 cm / dyne (100 Hz)
· Dynamic Compliance: 10 x 10 – 6 cm / dyne (100 Hz)
· Output Voltage: 4.0 mV (at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec)
· Stylus Shape: MicroLine™
· Cantilever: Gold-plated solid boron
· Stylus Construction: Nude Square Shank
· Mount: 1/2” centres
· Dimensions: 17.3 (H) x 17.0 (W) x 28.2 (L) mm
· Weight: 8.3 g
· Accessories: Non magnetic screw driver; Anti-static stylus brush; Two 8 mm installation screws; Two 5 mm installation screws; Two hexagonal nuts; Two round nuts; Four washers; One set of PCOCC Lead Wires (AT6101)

£249.00

 

AT-440MLb Stereo moving magnet

From us: The original AT440MLa listed at £194 and sold very well ! This improved version is a steal and a great upgrade to the low cost cartridges fitted as standard on may turntables.

From AT: The AT440MLB dual magnet cartridge features a MicroLine shaped, diamond tip for improved high frequency response with less wear and distortion than conventional linear or elliptical styli.

The MicroLine stylus almost exactly duplicates the shape of the cutting stylus used to produce the original master disc. This enables it to track portions of the groove other styli cannot reach, resulting in extremely accurate tracing of high frequency passages and ruler-flat frequency response within the audible range.The AT440MLB also features Audio-Technica’s unique Paratoroidal Signal Generator. This unique signal generating system is composed of a unified, laminated coil core wound with a single piece of wire. Internal mechanical and electrical connections are eliminated, minimizing magnetic losses and ensuring better signal transfer..

A gold plated beryllium cantilever improves stability whilst the dual magnet system offers excellent channel separation.
· Frequency Response: 20-25,000 Hz
· Channel Separation: 28 dB at 1kHz
· Channel Balance: 1.0 dB
· Tracking Force: 1.0-1.8 grams
· Vertical Tracking Angle: 20°
· Recommended Load Impedance: 47K
· Output Voltage: 4.0 (mV at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec)
· Stylus Shape: Microline
· Stylus Construction: Nude square
· Coil DC Resistance: 610
· Mount: Half-inch
· Weight: 6.5g
· Replacement Stylus: ATN440Mb

£129.00

 

AT-120eB Stereo moving magnet

From us: This is the cartridge we use on our turntable test bed, why ? Well it's a really great quality cartridge that tells it like it is, but at a price that if we broke it we could just buy another one.

From AT: The AT120EB moving magnet cartridge features Audio-Technica’s Vector-Aligned Dual Magnet design and exclusive Paratoroidal Signal Generator.

This unique signal generating system is composed of a unified, laminated coil core wound with a single piece of wire. Internal mechanical and electrical connections are eliminated, minimizing magnetic losses and ensuring better signal transfer.
· Frequency Response: 20-25,000 Hz
· Channel Separation: 28 dB at 1kHz
· Channel Balance: 1.0 dB
· Tracking Force: 1.0-1.8 grams
· Vertical Tracking Angle: 20°
· Recommended Load Impedance: 47K
· Output Voltage: 4.0 (mV at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec)
· Stylus Shape: 0.3 x 0.7 mil elliptical
· Stylus Construction: Nude round shank
· Coil DC Resistance: 610
· Mount: Half-inch
· Weight: 6.5g
· Replacement Stylus: ATN120Eb

£99.00



 

AT-95E Stereo moving magnet

From us:
The Audio-Technica AT-95e phono cartridge is a really great budget moving magnet cartridge. It is manufactured extremely well in Japan and is very reliable. Its performance is top class.

Enjoy great accurate tracking, separation, and performance when listening to your favourite vinyl with this magnet phono cartridge. The 1/2-inch mount cartridge features an elliptical shaped diamond stylus that tracks portions of the groove that spherical styli simply cannot reach, ensuring that high-frequency passages sound clear and crisp.

The elliptical shape also wears remarkably evenly, extending the lives of both the record and the stylus itself (up to 1,000 hours. The stylus and cartridge is covered by a one-year warranty.

This is the lowest cost cartridge that you should fit to an old record deck before ruining your LP's. It is very highly rated by many audiophile forums as the lowest price budget cartridge there is. Do a search and see for yourself?

Audio-Technica AT95E AT-95E phono cartridge recent reviews and awards: Stereophile Recommended Component October 2004, 2005 & April 2006 (Vol. 27 No. 10, Vol. 28 No. 10 & Vol. 29 No. 4).

Stereo Times 2007 had this to say: Due to its strong rhythmic performance and excellent timing, the AT95E excels with Pop, Rock, and Jazz recordings. The AT95E’s portrayal of acoustic instrumental timbre sounds more natural than that of the CD.

I played the two cartridges on six different turntables: my antique Connoisseur BD2A, the cheap and cheerful new Rega P2, two Linn Sondek LP12s and my two Origin Live reference tables. I also used seven different phono sections. Linn’s old rule-of-thumb that the cartridge is the least important part of an LP playback system still holds largely true, augmented now by the importance of turntable isolation devices and replacement platter mats. As I played the cartridge in ever-more highly resolving gear it was clear that any sins committed by this superb value cartridge were those of omission rather than active commission.

Those on a very tight budget or those building an inexpensive analogue LP front end need look no further than the Audio Technica AT 95E.

Specifications

Elliptical stylus.
Output voltage at 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec.: 3.5 mV
Channel balance: within 2.0 dB
Channel separation at 1 kHz: > 20 dB
Frequency response: 20-20.000 Hz
Dynamic compliance (x10-6 cm/dyne) : 6.5
Static compliance (x10-6 cm/dyne) : 20
Load resistance: 47K
Load capacitance: 100 - 200 pF
Stylus type: 0.4 x 0.7 mil elliptical diamond stylus
Tracking force range: 1.5 -2.5 g
Tracking force, recommended: 2.0 g
Vertical tracking angle: 20°
Coil impedance at 1kHz : 2.8 k Ohms
Coil inductance at 1kHz : 400 mH
Cartridge colour, body/stylus: Black/Green
Cartridge weight: 6.5 g
Dimensions (mm) : L 30.5 x W 17.0 x H 17.20


£26.99

 

AT33MONO LP Mono moving coil

From us: The AT33Mono is made specifically for use on mono systems. . This is simply great for mono records produced from around 1965 onwards and especially the recent Beatles boxed mono set. All the quality of the legendary 33 series has been handed over to this mono cartridge.

From AT: It has a horizontal coil, and so in principle only generates electricity horizontally
The AT33Mono produces sound to a very high quality because it does not easily pick up unnecessary strain components from distorted or scratched records, producing audio that you couldn't possibly get from a stereo cartridge.

The AT33Mono also has appropriate compliance in the vertical direction, so will not cause damage to stereo records. Enjoy those well-known classic mono records of yesteryear with the AT33Mono.

· Mono cartridge compatible with stereo playback systems.
· Elliptical stylus chip and hard duralumin cantilever.
· 10O middle impedance specification.
· PCOCC coil prevents crystal gain boundary formation (in transmission direction).
· Strong body stabilized by a rigid body set-up.
· "Hanenite" anti-vibration rubber eliminates unnecessary vibrations.
· High-quality sound / Brass fastening screw.
· Type: MC-type
· Playback frequency range: 20-20,000Hz
· Output voltage: 0.35mV (1kHz and 5cm/sec. horizontal signal)
· Horizontal/vertical output ratio: 30dB (1kHz)
· Output balance: 1.0dB (1kHz)
· Stylus pressure: 2.3-2.7g (2.5g standard)
· Coil impedance: 10R 1kHz
· DC resistance: 10R
· Load resistance: 100R
· Coil impedance: 28µH (1kHz)
· Static compliance: 20×10-6cm/dyne
· Dynamic compliance: 6×10-6cm/dyne (100Hz)
· Needle shape: Round needle (0.65mil)
· Cantilever: Duralumin pipe
· Vertical tracking angle: 23°
· Dimensions: H16×W16.6×D26.5mm
· Weight: 6.9g
· Accessories: Non-magnetic screwdriver x1, Washers x2, Protector x1, Cartridge fastening screw 13mm×2, 19mm×2, Nut x2, Brush x1, PCOCC lead set x1

£249.00


 

AT-Mono3/LP Mono high output moving coil

From us: The lowest cost moving coil true mono cartridge out there ! As it's high output it will work into any ordinary moving magnet input and does not need a moving coil input. Great for all your post 1966 mono recordings, they will sound so much better !

From AT: Made specifically for mono recordings on vinyl records, the cartridge only generates signal with horizontal movement. However to produce a minimal wear on the groove, the AT-MONO3/LP also has an adapted vertical compliance.

· Carefully selected component and state of the art technology produce a high resolution cartridge.
· Straight pipe aluminium cantilever and low mass stylus guarantees a high tracking ability.
· High purity PCOCC allows a more transparent signal transmission offering a high efficiency and a high fidelity.
· To support the internal mechanism, the body is made of solid die-cast aluminium alloy, furthermore stiffness is achieved with the addition of rigid synthetic resin to hold the body.
· Type: Moving Coil
· Frequency Response: 20 to 20,000 Hz
· Coil Impedance: 40R (1 kHz)
· DC Resistance: 40R
· Vertical Tracking Angle: 23 degrees
· Stylus pressure: 2.3-2.7g (2.5g standard)
· Recommended Load Impedance: 400R to 47K
· Coil Inductance: 190 mH (1 kHz)
· Static Compliance: 20 x 10 – 6 cm / dyne
· Dynamic Compliance: 7 x 10 – 6 cm / dyne (100 Hz)
· Output Voltage: 1.2 mV (at 1 kHz, 5.0 cm/sec)
· Stylus Shape: Conical
· Cantilever: Aluminium Pipe
· Stylus Construction: 0.6 mil
· Mount: 1/2” centers
· Dimensions: 16.0 (H) x 16.6 (W) x 26.5 (L) mm
· Weight: 6.8 g
· Accessories: Non magnetic screw driver; 1 brush; 2 washers; 2 x 19 mm mounting screws; 2 x 13 mm mounting screws; 2 x nuts; 1 plastic protector; 1 set of PCOCC lead wires AT6101

£139.00


 

AT-MONO/3SP 78rpm high output moving coil

From us: For many this is the only 78rpm cartridge they will ever need. Until recently we were selling these for £215.00 and that was good value, now Audio Technica have slashed their margins and we gain so much! The 2.5mil stylus is ideal for playing all those dance band and WW2 and later 78s. As it's high output it will work into any ordinary moving magnet input and does not need a moving coil input.

From AT: The Audio Technica AT-MONO 3/SP cartridge is special – redesigning not just the needle, but the whole cartridge specially for “shellac” or phonograph records. A high output moving coil cartridge of excellent production quality and wound with PCOCC coil for signal purity, it is designed to deliver excellent fidelity and superb clarity when playing 78 RPM mono records. With its high output of 1.2 mV, it can be used without additional pre-amplification or a MC transformer.

Proven in use for many years in Japan, the Audio-Technica AT-MONO 3/SP cartridge in now available in Europe and helps to bring back the pure joy of discovery and listening pleasure for 78rpm record playing.

· Type: Moving Coil, Mono 78 RPM Mono cartridge
· Frequency response: 45 -7,000 Hz
· Output voltage: 1.2 mV (1kHz and 5 cm/sec)
· Tracking force: 3.0 - 7.0 g (5.0 g standard)
· Recommended load: 100R - 47K ohms
· Channel separation: Not applicable
· Channel balance: Not applicable
· Cantilever: Aluminium alloy
· Stylus: Highly polished special conical 2.5 mil diamond
· Dynamic compliance: 7.0 x 10-6 cm/dyne
· Static compliance: 20.0 x 10-6 cm/dyne
· External size: H16.0 x W16.6 x L26.5 mm
· Weight: 6.8 g
· Accessories included: Screwdriver, 4 screws, 2 washers and 2 nuts, spacer/weight, stylus brush

£139.00

 

AT-LH18  18gm headshell
AT-LH15  15gm headshell
AT-LH13  13gm headshell

From us: The headshell supplied with almost any turntable is built down to a price. The headshell is the first and most critical interface the cartridge sees. The energy from the cartridge has to be taken away and this headshell is designed to do that and is a significant upgrade. We use them on the SME M2 series, the SL-1200, Audio Technica and Onkyo turntables. They are a universal fit, so almost whatever you are using it will be an upgrade.

We offer 10gm, 13gm, 15gm and 18gm so that if you want to, you can match the mass of your cartridge to your arm.

From AT:
· AT6101 PCOCC Pure Copper by Ohno Continuous Casting process headshell leads
· Made from Audio-Technica's "technichard" space technology super hard material rated microdiamond pyramid Vickers hardness exceeds 400
· Surface hardness achieve its ultra strong strength and light weight through "technichard" aluminium material, developed by NASA
· Adjustable overhang and adjustable azimuth (tilt)
· Threaded headshell avoiding the use of nuts when fitting cartridge
· 7 pairs of installation screws (3mm, 5mm, 6mm, 8mm, 10mm, 12 mm and 14mm)
· 1 hexagon wrench (for overhanging and tilt adjustment)

£59.00

 

AT-MG10   10gm headshell

From us: This special 10gm magnesium version of the above will work well with old moving magnet cartridges as well as modern moving magnet ones. It's a great replacement for the old perforated SME headshells.

From AT:
· AT6101 PCOCC Pure Copper by Ohno Continuous Casting process headshell leads
· Made from Magnesium to be very light.
· Adjustable overhang and adjustable azimuth (tilt)
· Threaded headshell avoiding the use of nuts when fitting cartridge
· 7 pairs of installation screws (3mm, 5mm, 6mm, 8mm, 10mm, 12 mm and 14mm)
· 1 hexagon wrench (for overhanging and tilt adjustment)

£39.00

 

AT618  record weight

This 600gm record weight will keep warped or new records firmly in place and ensure that the energy reflected into the record gets absorbed by the platter mat.

Here at Sound HiFi we have no idea why this is such a low cost, it could easily sell for double !

£34.99
 

 



 

AT607  Stylus cleaning fluid

From us: This will keep your stylus clean. Remarkably, even extremely expensive cartridge manufacturers recommend the Audio Technica AT607. It comes in a bottle with a cleaning brush, nothing else needed. It is made in Japan to extremely strict standards.
We use this at shows about every hour to clean the stylus, absolutely essential !

From AT: The AT607 stylus cleaning fluid extends both stylus and record life. The special cleaning formula dissolves dust and dirt known to hinder proper tracking.
· 10ml volume
· Applicator brush is attached to the cap for ease of use

£6.99

 


 

NOTE : We only sell brand new products authorised by the UK distributor/manufacturer. Nothing we sell is unauthorised or a grey import. You can call the UK Distributor/manufacturer of anything we sell, and they will tell you it is safe to buy from us. On some items you may see lower prices elsewhere; they may not be guaranteed in the UK, and if they are from outside the EU then you will get charged 5% import duty, about £18.00 in UK customs clearance charges, and then 20% VAT on the total. So what might seem like a bargain may turn into an expensive mistake with no after sales service or a warranty.


 

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15 September 2015