The AT-95E has a very distinguished and colorful lineage. On its own, it has been a multiple recipient of Best Buy ratings in the UK. Its lineage is intertwined with the classic and musically acclaimed Linn Basik, K5 and K9 phono cartridges. Unlike these cartridges however, the AT-95E is delightfully affordable and available. Recently in the Stereophile October 2004 issue, the AT-95E was honored with a Class D rating and included in the Recommended Components List (Stereophile Vol. 27 No. 10). The review summarized the performance of the AT-95E with the following words: "Makes music for 50 bucks!"
The half-inch standard mount and dual-magnet AT-95E cartridge sounds clear, dynamic and richly balanced. It allows music lovers to use limited means to upgrade their turntables and thus attain a higher level of discernment and listening pleasure without the financial burden typically associated with high end cartridges. Yes it is vibrant, dynamic and rich in detail as reviewers and users say, and some users may no longer wish to upgrade further. The AT-95E has been consistently rated a "Best Buy" in the UK and we agree wholeheartedly. Manufactured to Audio-Technica's world class quality standards, each cartridge is completely hand assembled and tolerances are held to just thousands of an inch.Sound Hifi Review of the AT95E
The Audio-Technica AT95e AT-95e phono cartridge is a really great budget moving magnet cartridge. It is manufactured extremely well in Japan and is very reliable. Its performance is top class. Our low price is no more than the USA Dollar price, plus 5% import duty, 17.5% VAT. No tricks here and supplied directly by Audio Technica UK straight to Sound Hi Fi.
Enjoy great accurate tracking, separation, and performance when listening to your favourite vinyl with this magnet phono cartridge. The 1/2-inch mount cartridge features an elliptical shaped diamond stylus that tracks portions of the groove that spherical styli simply cannot reach, ensuring that high-frequency passages sound clear and crisp. The elliptical shape also wears remarkably evenly, extending the lives of both the record and the stylus itself (up to 1,000 hours. The stylus and cartridge is covered by a one-year warranty. This is the lowest cost cartridge that you should fit to an old record deck before ruining your LP's. It is very highly rated by many audiophile forums as the lowest price budget cartridge there is. Do a search and see for yourself?
Audio-Technica AT95E AT-95E phono cartridge recent reviews and awards: Stereophile Recommended Component October 2004, 2005 & April 2006 (Vol. 27 No. 10, Vol. 28 No. 10 & Vol. 29 No. 4).
Stereo Times 2007 had this to say: Due to its strong rhythmic performance and excellent timing, the AT95E excels with Pop, Rock, and Jazz recordings. The AT95E’s portrayal of acoustic instrumental timbre sounds more natural than that of the CD.
I played the two cartridges on six different turntables: my antique Connoisseur BD2A, the cheap and cheerful new Rega P2, two Linn Sondek LP12s and my two Origin Live reference tables. I also used seven different phono sections. Linn’s old rule-of-thumb that the cartridge is the least important part of an LP playback system still holds largely true, augmented now by the importance of turntable isolation devices and replacement platter mats. As I played the cartridge in ever-more highly resolving gear it was clear that any sins committed by this superb value cartridge were those of omission rather than active commission. Those on a very tight budget or those building an inexpensive analogue LP front end need look no further than the Audio Technica AT 95E.Stereophile Recommended Component
…a great value that really makes great music for only fifty bucks!Steve Hoffman Review of the AT95E
I put together a system for a friend last year and put a 95E on the 'table. It works very nicely, no complaints at all (and I have complaints about carts that cost 3x what this one does). It won't 'wow' you, or make you hear things you never heard before, etc., but it works and works well. Nice even sound.