Audio-Technica AT440MLa Dual Moving Magnet Cartridge
- Dual moving magnet
- Paratoroidal coil design
- Gold-plated beryllium cantilever
- Frequency response: 5Hz-32kHz
- 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
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
I had a weird experience with the first one I got since I was experiencing really bad inner groove distortion , I adjusted the azimuth and it was spot on so the cartridge sounded amazing but a quick microscope inspection showed that the cantilever was rotated toward the inner groove and misaligned. Luckily Amazon was great about replacing it and I just got the new one. It's perfect.
I have read many reviews that say that this cartridge is too bright etc. Maybe so, but make sure that your preamp has enough gain. It's possible that the gain is too low and I have found that low gain makes the sound weak and distant. Conversely, if you have too much gain, like my rogue pharaoh integrated (62db) it sounds "amplified". I got the Schiit Many phono preamp with adjustable gain and that has helped both MC as well as MM setups.
I think it's nonsense to complain about this cartridge being bright. I would rather have all the information at the source and then try to mitigate through the electronics chain, cables etc. If you want a "warm" sound, then get a meridian mcd or 207 player. Perhaps a magnates CD player from the 80's and let the brickwall filters do their work and cut the life out of the high frequency. The reason why analog is better is precisely because of the extended register in the high frequency. I find the ortofon 2m red dull, boring and impossible to find it interesting. Plus the at 440mla tracks much better, including my denon 301mk2. If you are starting up on vinyl, do yourself a favor and buy this cartridge before you go crazy into other expensive cartridges. I find myself complete drawn to the music with this cartridge. It also makes my seventies and eighties rock pop music sound full of life and fun to listen to.
I'm loving the fullness, spaciousness, and somewhat warm but detailed sound of this cartridge. It did not come out as bright as other people have said.. Man, this one cost as much as a piece of a new turntable, but it's worth every penny. Save up and get this one, you won't be sorry.
*if your speaker tends to be bright, I will warn you when getting this cartridge as it may sound bright, but not everyone dislike the brightness this cartridge has produced, so just make sure you do your research and listen to as many samples as you need. You will be very happy with this cartridge, I know I do.
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Klipsch Heresy II speakers
This is a good cartridge and in the right system would be a good fit. The highs were too bright even after I changed the cartridge loading on the phono preamp to 32kohms (this helped but I still ended up going back to my Shure M97Xe). The AT440 also picked up more surface noise than my other cartridge (Shure M97Xe). I ended up selling the 440 as the Shure just sounded better in my system.
Horn loaded speakers like the Klipsch Heritage line tend to accentuate the highs and having a bright cartridge on top of that just didn't work for me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cons: The stylus is easily damaged.Read more