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Audio-Technica AT311EP Universal Mount Phono / Turntable Cartridge

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  • Channel separation 29/18 (dB at 1 kHz/10 kHz)
  • Vertical tracking force 1.0-1.5 grams
  • Frequency response 15-27,000 Hz
  • Stylus construction Bonded round shank
  • Impedance 47,000 ohms recommended load
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Audio-Technica AT311EP Universal Mount Phono / Turntable Cartridge + RCA RD-1006 Discwasher Vinyl Record Care System + AudioQuest LP record clean brush
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Specifications

Brand NameAudio-Technica

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 1 x 1 inches ; 1.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0002ZUN1O
  • Item model number: AT311EP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 14, 2004

Product Description

The AT311EP is a .3 x .7 elliptical cartridge that fits both Half-inch and P-Mount turntables. It features precision engineering and many other features found in the more expensive Audio-Technical cartridges.

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Yes, there are better cartridges out there.
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First off, I would consider this a very good budget cartridge.
DG
Now I can continue to enjoy my old records.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Renee Blue on August 6, 2010
A friend of mine who is a recording engineer recommended I get this one to go with a Technics turntable (sl-5 linear tracking, p mount only) rather than the Shure someone had put on it. I was hesitant because of the lack of reviews online and the price point. I thought it was too cheap to be really good. I have to say its the best thing I could've gotten. My main musical interest is rock, and some of it gets really hard and heavy. This cartridge makes music really come alive. The bass is full, without overpowering, all of the musical details are crisp and clean. Its dynamic, warm, spacious, vibrant! I haven't felt vinyl in a long time. I could totally feel it with this. I just can't believe that its so underrated. Well, maybe that keeps it nice and affordable.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James E. on April 2, 2012
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I bought this cartridge because my stylus needed to be replaced and the combination stylus and cartridge were just a few dollars more so I figured what the heck even though my old cartridge still works fine. I own a 20 some year old Technics SL-BD20D turntable and originally had the AT6006 cartridge with a 0.3 x 0.7 nude bi-radial stylus. This cartridge, the AT311EP with a 0.3 x 0.7 bi-radial stylus, seemed to be of similar nature to the AT6006. I do not notice any perceptible difference in sound quality between the old and new cartridge. This cartridge and stylus seems to perform just as well as the cart that I was using and the connection fittings were perfect. Bottom line: I am very happy with this purchase.

Update 04-20-12. The stylus just fell off the plastic mount. AT must use some really poor quality glue because I have only been using the stylus for about a month and have probably only played it for about 10 to 12 hours. It sounded great before it broke! So I would rate the cartridge a 4 and the stylus a big zero.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William R. Gee on April 29, 2014
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I used this in a Realistic LAB 2100 linear track turntable. It mounted very easily. The tracking force was right on, as it should be for any P-Mount cartridge.

The sound is quite good for an inexpensive cartridge. It successfully tracks all of my torture test albums including the Fennel/Cleveland Winds recording of Holst's Suite for Military Band.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ralechner on August 15, 2012
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This cartridge was easy to install in the tonearm of my Empire 598 II turntable from 1973. I used to run Shure V15-III and IV cartridges, back in the day, but this Audio Technica sounds every bit as good to me listening to the old vinyl. I plan to buy another as a spare soon. This has a universal mount, so you can use it on modern tonearms, too. I think you'd have to spend $60-100 more to really notice any difference in sound quality versus a "better" cartridge, which would be a minimal difference.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andy0548 on February 28, 2011
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The cartridge was easy to install and reasonably priced. I get an occasional hum which seems to be from the connection and is eliminated by tapping the cartridge. It's not always easy to maintain turntables in order to continue to enjoy record collections. This was a good find.
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This cartridge will work just fine on MOST turntables using the 1/2" mounting adapter. On those that have an issue of the bottom of the cartridge body hitting the record surface. . . it is usually because the turntable had no, or very poor VTA (Vertical Tracking Angle) adjustment. Also, this cartridge has a pretty high "compliance" so even when tracked at 1.25g to 1.5g, it rides pretty low as the tracking force compresses the rubber cantilever pivot quite a bit. This is not unusual and some other more costly cartridges have stylus assemblies that also ride very low to the record surface. The high compliance contributes to it's excellent sound.

There is a very simply solution I have used. To remedy this, all you have to do is cut out a small piece of "cereal box cardboard" shim in the form of a little rectangle or trapezoid shape, about 3/8"x 3/8" in size. I use the trapezoid shape. You can then mount the cartridge, but do not tighten the screws all the was on the 1/2" mounting adapter. With the adapter mounting screws loose, you simply slide the tiny piece of cardboard under the front edge of the 1/2" black mounting adapter enough to lower the front edge down a bit. This essential tilts the front down and rear of the cartridge up a bit. You can experiment and see how much you need to slide the cardboard under the mounting adapter, then tighten the screws. Try it then on a record and usually you will see you have a perfect angle with no bottoming. Very rarely, you may have to use two layers of cardboard "shims" to get te good Vertical Tracking Angle.

I've used this cartridge on 7 turntables so far. Only one needed the "shim" under the front. It depends on your cardige head and some turntables are designed to "stack" records or need a thicker mat. check if your turntable HAS the proper mat thickness that was original. If not. .. . vertical tracking angle is off.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shopper Dave on November 24, 2010
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This is an excellent product for the price, which produces flat frequency response within the indicated range. My old cartridge was also an Audio Technica that I'd purchased about 15 years ago, and to my surprise and delight the new cartridge snapped right into the old universal mount. All I had to do was adjust tracking weight to complete the installation. The whole operation took less than 5 minutes and now my old vinyl discs sound better than ever. If you're an fan of Audio Technica sound reproduction, buy this cartridge. For less than $30 it's a steal!
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