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Audio-Technica AT95E Phono Cartridge

22 Reviews
$74.95
SKU: AT-95E
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. _____ "Compared to other higher priced cartridges, in absolute terms the AT95E lacks only the last ultimate degree of resolution and detail provided by a more exotic stylus profile which on the majority of even high quality systems is probably unnoticed! I don't know how long the AT95E has been manufactured for, but its excellent reputation over many years is very justified and well deserved. It's a top little cartridge. Let's hope it goes on being available for many years to come. I highly recommend it!" — Felix, Audio Karma
Technical:Output voltage at 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec: 3.5 mV
  • Channel balance: within 2.0 dB
  • Channel separation at 1 kHz: > 20 dB
  • Frequency response: 20-20.000 Hz
  • Dynamic compliance (x10-6 cm/dyne): 6.5
  • Static compliance (x10-6 cm/dyne): 20
  • Load resistance: 47 kOhms
  • Load capacitance: 100 - 200 pF
  • Stylus type: 0.4 x 0.7 mil elliptical diamond stylus
  • Tracking force range: 1.5 -2.5 g
  • Tracking force, recommended: 2.0 g (20 mN)
  • Vertical tracking angle: 20°
  • Coil impedance at 1kHz: 2.8 kOhms
  • Coil inductance at 1kHz: 400 mH
  • Recommended load resistance: 47 kOhms
  • Cartridge colour, body/stylus: Black/Green
  • Cartridge weight: 6.5 g
  • Dimensions (mm): L 30.5 x W 17.0 x H 17.20
  • Replacement stylus unit: ATN95E
  • Ratings & Reviews

    22 reviews

    Jim VD

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    Lowish output. Very good sound but not as revealing as the AT100/120 carts. Sounds better than the Goldring Elektra IMO, which costs $100.

    Adam

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    I recently installed an AT 95E on my old Dual 622 and I'm really happy with the results. Dual, at the time, used proprietary cartridges made by Ortofon, and a special adapter and extra counterweight was needed to use standard cartridges. Well, I found those parts on EBay and decided to try a different cartridge. As this was an experiment I didn't want to spend too much money, and the AT 95E was well reviewed, so I went for it. I'm glad I did. As good as this cartridge sounds, I can't believe it only costs $50. A new stylus for my old cartridge is $104. The AT 95E has better stereo separation and clearer bass, and it tracks great, even with the anti-skate at zero. With this new cartridge, new Cardas tone arm wire and rhodium-plated cartridge clips, and an anti-static mat, my 37-year-old turntable sounds better than ever!

    Audiolad

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    It is a must have cartridge if you play older records. I can accurately reproduce most any passage. It's a 4 star because it can't do what a $300 cartridge can, but be realistic. Do you have the quality components to hear what the $300 cart can produce?

    Peter Mc

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    Stock cart on my ND recent purchase of AT LP120 turntable. Replaced an old Dual unit. This cart provides great balance between high end and low end. Tracks great at 2 grams(recommended) A best buy for the money.

    Don

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    Really good sound for the money. I use just for listening to my old albums through polk speakers. Would recommend to a friend.

    JimOfOakCreek

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    Crazy good for the money. Out-tracks just about everything. Sounds better than carts that cost several multiples of the AT95e. The AT95e is an engineering marvel. It's just one of those outrageously well designed and manufactured electronics that makes it a legend.

    Hazu

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    I have to award 5 stars for value and ease of upgrade. I've used the AT95 with 3 different stylus shapes on both Rega P2 and Music Hall MMF2.2 and the standard "e" is musical and engaging. Even though there is a logical upcharge, the possible upgrades to hyperelliptic and Shibata(!!!) stylii make this a wonderfully insightful cartridge. All configurations track superbly.

    JT

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    I purchased this cartridge for my 1970s Kenwood KP2022A turntable And it has really improved the sound quality over the older Grado ZF3 I was using. For the price I would highly recommend it as it has a nice clear sound, and the surface noise of my collection of mostly 2nd hand albums is much quieter than before. I'm sure you can spend more and do much better, but if you can't spend more it's definitely one to consider.

    Peter P Wilson

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    it's hard to believe that this is a $50 cartridge. I have it in an AT-1120 arm, tracking at 2g on a LINN bearing, LINN motored , hybridized multi armed T/T , with NAIT 5i-2 , NACA5, rega PHONO MINI, and B&W CM1's in my study. There is not $600 difference in performance between this cartridge and my main arm /cart combination. This cartridge is light years ahead of the plethora of low-mid ranged carts, a number of which I have trialled over the years, and is not embarrassed by my DL103PRO. What an anomaly. Buy one, and put it on the best T/T you can afford.

    Iraheta

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    This cartridge sounds more expensive than its actual price and the sound it offers is very clear delivering an excellent musical balance for all types of music. Definitely a good buy.

    Stacker

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    I still can't believe the sound quality that this cartridge can produce,i have it on a Yamaha YP-B2 that i got for $40,and somehow i find myself listening more often to this setup,than my Technics SL-1200 MK2/Ortofon 2M black,of course,the AT95e is less detailed than the 2M black,but i feel it's more musical and relaxed than the 2M black,wich in my poinion is not a bad thing

    wab

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    Excellant sound again with the Audio Technica 95E Cartridge. Great price and rapid delivery. Outstanding company to buy from!

    gsherlock

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    With simple material presents a neat and convincing picture but given anything really complex it becomes muddled and woolly. You can't really expect more for $50 though.

    Joel Thomas

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    This is my first high[er] quality cartridge that I have bought for my turntable. I am extremely pleased with the sound of this cart. I originally had a Shure M25C which was supplied with my turntable when I bought it, and I can notice an incredible increase in sound quality! Excellent customer service too! A

    Spencer

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    Purchased this to put on my Revolver Rebel TT to replace older high end but worn out cart/stylus. I am also not an expert, but I am extremely pleased with the sound this cart produces. Presence of vocals and instruments is particularly pleasing, imaging is dead-on, and dynamics are very engaging.

    audioantique

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    I use this as the standard cartridge for my vinyl transfer business. Balanced, detailed, and depending on the material, retrieves stunning ambiance. I've also had the AT440ML for years on my reference system. How does AT do it?

    B_O_C_K

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    Can not beat this for the money. Warm, balanced right out of the box. Can't wait until it runs in a bit!

    Greg

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    I'm using it on an old Pioneer PL-3000 TT in my den. Enjoying the sound very much through Original Large Advents. I really like that it doesn't hum when the TV is on like my Grado Red did. I've never owned a really expensive cartridge so I can't begin to compare it to TOL stuff.

    Bryce Callow

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    This Stylus / Cart performs wonderfully, The Highs are detailed and never distorted or harsh, the bass is really great though on this guy. Tight, with a good sharp attack. I do not have an expensive system. (500 - 1500 Dollars total) but it is very good value.

    Mike

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    Economical, great improvement for my Kenwood direct drive table, thanks for the recommendation.

    VinylRevivalist~Zoso~

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    Fantastic for the value. Used on a Garrard turntable and works much better than the ADC cartridge that was on there.

    jcstucke

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    Can't speak as an experienced buyer but I can say that I heard an immediate quality increase over my Grado Green Prestige cartridge. The tone has much better balance from top to bottom. 5 stars for value.