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Audio Technica AT440MLA Moving Magnet Cartridge

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  • Type: MM
  • Fixing: Half-inch mount
  • Output voltage: 4,0mV bei 1kHz, 5cm/sec.
  • Amplifier-connection: Phono MM
  • Frequency range: 20-20.000Hz
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  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.1 x 2.5 cm ; 45 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 59 g
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  • Item model number: AT440MLA
  • ASIN: B00009MK3A
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 6 Aug. 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Frequency Response: 20-20,000 HzChannel Seperation: 27 (dB at 1 kHz)Stylus Construction: 0.12 mil Nude square Micro-Linear stylusRecommended Load Impedance: 47,000 ohmsOutput: 4.0 (mV, 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec)Channel Balance: 0.8 (dB at 1 KHz)Stylus Shape: MicroLine?Cantilever: Tapered alloy tubeMount: Half-inchReplacement Stylus: ATN440MLaTracking Force Range: 1.0-1.8 grams (1.4 optimal)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Pablo on 11 Oct. 2012
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At 30 years of age, I recently re-discovered vinyl for the third time in my life. From a very early age I grew accustomed to the unmistakeable characteristics of the medium --the good and the bad. One of the (bad) characteristics I always hated was the fact that most records would suffer from the 's' problem on the vocals, where 's' sounds would sound more like 'shhh' instead. This, in my experience, would happen less with 12'' Singles or records that were cut with lots of space in-between grooves, so I always thought I would just have to live with it. I also hated it when the song I liked most was close to the center of the record, because this issue would become even more apparent and the quality would be much worse!

Well, this year I learnt that this effect is called 'inner groove distortion' and that it actually depends not on the record, but on the stylus. For years I have used Shures, Stantons, an AudioTechnica, an Ortofon and more recently, a Grado Black. ALL of these cartridges exhibited the same issue. Until I got this one. For the first time in my life, I can hear records without focusing on the 'inner groove distortion' that has always bothered me so much! I know, I should chill out a bit really, but it just truly amazes me that ALL of this HF information that I never got to hear has been actually been hiding buried IN the grooves all this time!

This cartridge makes every single record I have sound like a CD, in a good way! To be absolutely honest, I could see why some people may prefer other brands and models, because the sound of this one is very distinctive, and almost a bit harsh, whereas for example my Grado was I think 'warmer' and at times 'fuller'. I'm not much into describing sound with these kind of words, but hopefully I can get my point across.
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I bought this to replace the Orotfon 2M Red on my Pro-ject Debut Carbon. I wanted to like the 2M Red (it looks cool!) but I'd grown to like the sharper high end sound of AT carts. I just about preferred my Dad's significantly cheaper AT cartridge to the 2M red so I set out to find an AT cartridge I'd love (make my Dad jealous) and I think I found it with the AT440MLa.

I took me about an hour to set up the new cartridge. After 6 months of many different attempts of aligning it better, I've never actually heard a noticeable difference. I used the card protractor that came with my Debut Carbon, a spirit level to ensure the turntable was level and a good metal ruler on the top of the headshell to adjust the azimuth. I also borrow a tracking force gauge but found that the Debut Carbon's built-in gauge was very accurate. I've settled on 1.5g of tracking force and have the anti-skate weight thread on the nearest notch of the three.

I've owned the cartridge for 6 months now and reckon it's well run in. As I was after, the higher end sounds nice and crisp and symbols sound very detailed. Compared to the 2M Red, there's probably a little less bass from it but that's not really a bad thing. Towards the inside of a record, the AT440MLa starts to really pull away from other (admittedly cheaper) carts I've heard. The degradation in sound quality (or inner groove distortion) is noticeable but much, much less than the 2M Red and my Dad's cheaper AT. No longer do I think "oh no, my favourite track is on the inside and therefore ruined". It's easy to pick out individual sounds rather than it becoming a compressed sounding racket.

Generally, it tracks very well so you'll notice little distortion, especially with hard loud "sss" sounds in lyrics.
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This was a replacement for an Ortofon cartridge and it has improved the sound immeasurably. Set up by using the 'Align-it' tool from Project, I now have the best sound I've ever had from my records, it definitely sounds superior to CD(have used original vinyl pressings of Queen, Sabbath to test against their CD versions).There's practically no background noise and the distortion at the end of LP sides is no more. This was a bit more than I wanted to spend, but it really is worth it.
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Replaced a damaged Grado, after much research I choose the AT. Pleases my ears with many differing types of music but is particularly good with classical, both instrumental and vocal (light opera etc.).
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