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Audio Technica AT120E Moving Magnet Cartridge

4.9 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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  • Type: MM
  • Fixing: Half-inch mount
  • Output voltage: 5,0mV bei 1kHz, 5cm/sec.
  • Amplifier-connection: Phono MM
  • Frequency range: 15-25.000Hz

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  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.1 x 7.6 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 23 g
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  • Item model number: AT120ET
  • ASIN: B0088Y12UW
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 15 Feb. 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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Product Description

The Audio Technica AT120E is a high-quality, great sounding moving magnet cartridge which is surprisingly affordable. It features good frequency response and channel separation, has a nude round shank stylus design with elliptical diamond and an alloy tube cantilever. Great value for money.


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I needed to replace my old Shure V15 VMR, once a giant among moving magnet cartridges, however now nearly 30 years old and with a high-cost stylus in dire need of replacement. I use SME, Garrard and Quad equipment, all well maintained but even older than the V15!

There is a bewildering amount of choice in today's market. I quickly realised that if I was going to spend a lot (say £300+) it would only be worthwhile if I changed to a moving coil cartridge. Not wanting to do this, I eventually opted for the easiest, cheapest - and frankly, laziest - solution which was to buy the Audio Technica for £118 new via Amazon's dealer, after reading many glowing reviews and recommendations.

The cartridge arrived in 2 days and was quick to install, needing only very minor arm adjustment. I set the tracking weight to a shade over 1.5 grams....and lined up the vinyl. I listen to modern jazz, blues and classical mostly.

Results: vast improvement. Even taking into account that my old stylus was blunt.
The Shure V15 had an elegant and unhurried presentation, but - 30 years of hi-fi R&D later - this is much better and brisker. The Audio Technica gets a lot more information out of the groove and presents all of it 'in your face' clearly and immediately.
There is more focus, clarity and separation, more high frequencies, tighter bass, the tracking is absolutely spot on - I must emphasise this, it is truly excellent - and every type of music I have played sounds good. From Bach organ fugues, Beethoven, Verdi's Requiem to Zawinul's Weather Report, Django, Miles, Muddy Waters, Joe Pass, Julian Bream and many more - it all sounds tremendous.
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Unlike the other reviewer here who prefers this to his previous Shure V15 V, which must have been worn out with respect, I would disuade anyone with such an exalted Shure from ditching it in favour of this AT120E. rather, I'd suggest a Jico SAS for the Shure as these are regarded worldwide as at least as good as the originals and should be available to UK customers for under £200 should you be stuck for duty and far less than this if you're lucky :-)

Anyway, back to the AT120E. I would VERY strongly recommend this model if, for example, you have a lightweight "SME" style tonearm, which isn't really suitable for the more "durable" cartridge models available these days. I have mine mounted in a restored and partially re-wired Garrard AP76, which "features" a rather flimsy tonearm of low to medium mass. Using an external stylus balance and tracking at 1.5g, the AT120E tracks superbly with no end-of-side issues (I had to dismantle the mechanism underneath to remove the dried up grease and oil which had leached all over the side-end trip mechanism). Neither is there any "wobbling" on ripply or fast-warped records, which I know this cartridge will do in more massy tonearms. If your arm has damping, a TINY amount may be an advantage.

How does it sound? Well, to me and using other turntables (the AP76 is a nice old record spinner but hardly "Top End" - or even "Low End" - in any shape or form these days :-)), the AT120E has a light and agile quality to the music making which I find enchanting. The bass depends entirely on the arm used, sounding light-footed and "quick" at best, and possibly a bit "detached" in the wrong arm in my opinion.
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I already purchased one of these cracking cartridges through amazon and stupidly left it on a pioneer 518 I sold my son - immediately regretted it and determined to buy another as soon as possibly and did that last week.it quickly arrived last Saturday at 6.40pm - unbelievable. It took about 45 minutes to fit,would have been quicker but I am 73 years old and suffer from diabetes. The sound on my rega p3 2000 was nothing short of astonishing considering it's not (run in).and I have played lp's for about four hours and it's sounding better by the minute - can't wait for it to be run in - about 50 hours I believe. If you want stunning detailed sound at a sensible price - go get one while their not too pricey. Right away.
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I have used several audio tech cartridges for many years on my linn turntable and found the sound to be what I like .the new one the At120E is just what I expected it to be smooth sound with lots of information off the disc good tracking and easy to fit .very pleased also with excellent delivery from Amazon.
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Bought this to replace an old Ortofon cartridge. The AT 120E tracks well and produces a clean, undistorted and musical sound. Tried playing an album that was in visibly worn condition and the music was reproduced beautifully with no audible clicks or groove wear.
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Wow! Earlier today I installed this on my old Rega Planar 2. I used a Baerwald arc protractor to set it then sat back. I'm frankly stunned at the improvement from the previous Ortofon cartridge, which had probably run well beyond its life. The sound is so clear; great separation, depth and warmth. Took quite a while to get positioned correctly, and the small bolts and nuts are fiddly, but what a difference!
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