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Audio Technica AT440MLA Dual-Moving Magnet Phono Cartridge

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  • Extremely precise dual-moving magnet phono cartridge
  • MicroLine shaped diamond stylus closely tracks tough-to-reach grooves
  • Multi-level stylus shape wears evenly over time to extend record life
  • 5 Hz to 32 kHz frequency response; lifespan of roughly 1,000 hours
  • Includes 1/2-inch mount; 1-year warranty
  • Dual moving magnet
  • Paratoroidal coil design
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Product Specifications

Brand NameAudio-Technica
Special FeaturesTWO YEARS

Technical Details


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 2 x 1 inches ; 1.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00009MK3A
  • California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 warning.
  • Item model number: AT440MLA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,819 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

Product Description

Dual moving magnet. Paratoroidal coil design. Gold-plated beryllium cantilever. Frequency response: 5Hz-32kHz. Standard mount. Includes lint brush and screwdriver


Enjoy remarkably accurate tracking, separation, and performance when listening to vinyl with this dual-moving magnet phono cartridge. The 1/2-inch mount cartridge features a MicroLine shaped diamond stylus that tracks portions of the groove that other styli simply cannot reach, ensuring that high-frequency passages sound clear and crisp. The multi-level shape also wears remarkably evenly, extending the lives of both the record and the stylus itself (up to 1,000 hours). In addition, the AT440ML boasts a small curving rate that improves playback over the entire 5 Hz to 32 kHz frequency range, even for the inner part of the record groove. Other features include a gold-plated beryllium cantilever for added durability and a tracking force of 0.8 to 1.6 grams. The stylus is covered by a one-year warranty.

Customer Reviews

The bottom line, with both thumbs highly up, I absolutely recommend this fine cartridge.
Armando M. Mesa
I would describe it as pretty natural sounding, with well-defined yet full bass, smooth yet detailed highs, pleasing mids, with amazing attention to sonic detail.
Lypo Suck
Music comes to life and you will hear details that sounded like miscellaneous noise with other cartridges.

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79 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Lypo Suck on August 3, 2009
After years of hitting my head against the wall in total frustration, I *finally* found the right cartridge for me in Audio Technica's AT440MLa. Let me explain why life was so frustrating, depressing, and difficult before the 440MLa.

All my life, I was vexed by the fact that the inner grooves of most LPs sounded distorted and/or sibilant. Inner grooves of some LPs in my collection distorted so harshly it rendered them unlistenable. I'd track down new or minty copies of said albums, assuming my LPs must be worn or something, but even brand new copies would often have at least a little sonic degradation on those last tracks. Despite being an avid vinyl junkie, the fact that I couldn't find a way to remedy this forced me to wonder if I should concede defeat, admit that maybe vinyl *is* the inferior medium, and start replacing some of my favorite albums with CDs.

Over the past few years, I grew increasingly determined to solve this problem. Affixed to my Denon DP-51f was a Grado Gold, which had a wonderful sound but it couldn't track the inner grooves of an LP if its life depended on it. The Grado's performance could best be described thusly: 1st three tracks sounded positively beautiful, confirming all that is good and glorious about the sound of vinyl; full, rich, detailed, and a smooth, pleasing, lively sound. Fourth track begins to show signs of degradation, maybe some sibilance, a bit of distortion, but usually still listenable. But that last song on the record would often sound terrible; sometimes a heinously distorted, muck-ed up nightmare. Just thinking about it still stresses me out.

I replaced the Grado with a Shure M97xE, which came with recommendations from nearly everybody in the audio world, even some hardcore audiophiles.
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86 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Armando M. Mesa on December 14, 2004
Who says you have to spend an x amount of hundreds even thousands of dollars on a phono cartridge to listen to crisp and detailed vinyl/analog playback ? However, words like crisp and detailed are very meager adjectives to describe the musical sonic characteristics of this cartridge (true, the rest of your component system's own sound characteristics come into play, i.e; receiver,amp,pre-amp,turntable,speakers).If any part of your audio system does not have that "synergy", then you may notice either slight, miniscule shortcomings from the cartridge or system or both.For those with already a warm or neutral sounding system will be dramatically surprised and awestruck. For those who have just the opposite type of system and also may have an eq inline, you may want to adjust your treble settings. The AT 440ML is NOT a neutral or "warm" sounding cartridge---far from it. The upper mids and highs will possibly have your dog running out of the room. It's not bass shy either. Bass is firm but never muddy or boomy. It reproduces the lows and highs very well.There are no punchy mids (though the mids are reproduced admirably but not accurately). Some critics have said this cartridge out of the box and installed properly is reminiscent of having an inline equalizer and it's frequency knob controls in the "v" formation. Stereo channel separation is probably the best these ears have heard over any other stereo cartridge I have had in the past (from the Grado Prestige Series to a couple of high-end Shure cartridges).There is definitely a 3-dimensional sonic imaging characteristic in the AT 440ML (especially noted with acoustic and jazz music). The Audio Technica beats most other hi end named brands to the punch with such wide stereo stage channel separation.Read more ›
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By ce_4 on August 19, 2006
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I've recorded my albums on reel-to-reel tape for over 40 years in order to preserve them. I listen to the tape, and store the vinyl. Cartridges recruited for this duty have been higher end Empires, Stantons, Pickerings, Grados, Shures, a moving coil Ortophon, and others I've forgotten. I decided to archive the albums to DVD. I was only interested in the tracking capability of this cartridge as audio correction would be employed, when needed, using multiple programs for click/pop elimination, noise reduction, and frequency response correction. My decision to buy this cartridge was based on much research, and I almost spent hundreds more on a couple of others.

I won't bore you with the details of my system, but I am editing in 32 bit 9600 sampling rate and recording to DVD-Audio.

Read the positive reviews. The tracking is superb and detailing of all the frequencies is amazing. Music comes to life and you will hear details that sounded like miscellaneous noise with other cartridges. I suspect that one reason is the highly compliant stylus assemply.

Every cartridge I have used has some characteristic it brings to the sound - in other words, they "color" the sound. Listening to the various reel-to-reels over the years verify this, although many of the cartridges have been pleasant: "warm," "sweet," etc. This cartridge sounds very neutral, very flat in the frequency response. However, the detail produced may cause your records to sound different from what you are used to hearing.

The output from the cartridge is very strong (4 volts, I believe), and I had to use a variable pre-amp for direct recording to the computer's sound card.
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