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Installed on a vintage Kenwood KD-5100 turntable. No problems, aligned it and sounds spectacular. Excellent MC cartridge. My Kenwood preamp (C2) has the MC cartridge capability so no additional components were needed. I’ve been wanting to try one of these for years, glad I did.
Reviewed in the United States on February 21, 2019
This is probably the best sounding cartridge under $1k. It is extremely smooth and cultured, and has a wonderful, balanced sound. Its also an excellent tracker, and does a great job repulsing pops and scratches. I also have the much more expensive AT-33EV, but I like this one better as it does not accentuate the highs like many AT cartridges do. I currently have about 15 cartridges, including various Denon MCs, Clearaudio Essence, and an open bodied VAS custom cartridge. This cartridge is second only to the Clearaudio Essence ($1500) and ties in second place with the VAS. Better than the Denon DL-301, or the Denon-103.
Since it is medium compliance, it does well with a wide variety of tonearms. Ultra light tonearms, with a modest headshell weight , e.g., Pro-ject 9cc, work well. Is a natural fit to VPI 10 inch arms and also does well with the Technics SL-1200 arm. Definitely needs a high quality turntable and a good phono preamp, although both 100 ohms and 1k work well, depending on the rest of the equipment.
Reviewed in the United States on November 17, 2016
I recently purchased a new or NOS Audio Technica AT-F5 from the late 1980's.I was stunned how superb the sonics of this cartridge and noticed that the AT-F7 specs were similiar.Both weigh 5 grams and use a Nude Eliptical for the stylus.So, I purchased a used one with 10 hours on the cheap.I found that both produced the same great sound.They also has a compliance of 9 that makes it just right for your light/medium tonearm. My AT-F7 is hooked up to a Sony Tonearm and plugging the weight of the tonearm/cart and the compliance (15.75 APPROX) I came up with a Resonance Freq 10 Hz.And it's said that 10 is the sweet spot of where you want to be.The AT-F7 is low output and I found that the standard 100 Ohm MC output of a preamp is to low.I use the AT-7 with a Musical Fidelity V-90/V-PSU upgraded power supply with a Audio Technica AT-700T Step Up Transformer.I find that the 40 Ohms setting produces the equivalentcy of a 5Mv Moving Magnet and thats right where I want to be.With the right setup this cartidge sounds like a $1,000 and plays way beyond it's small price tag.I have owned many AT carts and im also currently running a Audio-Technica AT33PTG/II and AT-33 ML.Both great carts and much more expensive than the AT-7F.I find I enjoy the AT-7F and 5F as much as the other two.And becuase of the cost and the value I feel compelled to rate this 5 stars and I highly recommend the AT-7F.
Audio Technica has had 2 different lower end MC lines for quite some time. One is the original AT widebody line like the AT33, and the other is the Signet line of OC cartridges they acquired. The AT-F7 is based on the Signet line much like the popular AT-OC9ML/II, which I've also owned. While the OC9 was a fussy cartridge that only sounded good in certain tables, the AT-F7 seems much more forgiving and has a very nice and balanced presentation. I think in some situations, it would actually outperform the OC9 for a lot less money. Anyway, right now it's one of my favorite affordable MC's and it's a great tracker to boot.
unlike my other audio technica cartridges including at33e, at440mlb, this cartridge is not traditional AT sound, which has a little bright upper end. On the contrary, It gave a warm presence to mid range and bass. as a fan of AT, it is a complement for listening to jazz and folk. sometimes, i feel there is lack of refinement in bass but i may need to give it a little burn-in time. it looks good too on my technics 1200mk2. i am reluctant to take it off for that matter. that's a bonus.
An excellent value. I heard very detailed highs and a level of low end definition from my clear audio emotion that I had not heard. Everything I played revealed sounds that I didn't realize were there. What else can you say?