Audio Technica AT120E Moving Magnet Cartridge
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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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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just upgraded to this cart on an old Technics 1210 - replacing a Stanton 500 and stylus. Absolutely astonishing increase in sound quality. Read morePublished 6 months ago by G Money
A well reviewed phono cartridge! However, I have now decided to purchase a moving coil model.
The AT 120E was examined but not used, and returned for repayment ... Read more
Well I replaced my pretty worn out AT110E with the AT120E and I am very impressed with the sound quality on my Technics SL1210 MkII. Read morePublished 22 months ago by James Adamczuk
Replacement for my previous Shure cartridge. Very good sound quality and installed easily. Would thoroughly recommend this to other music lovers.Published on 29 Aug. 2013 by B. Chappell