Audio-Technica CN5625AL - CLOSEOUT
*These are generic. They do not appear as pictured in terms of color and branding, though the specs are equal to those of the genuine AT cartridge. We currently have an overstock, but the price will go up once said overstock is depleted, so get your hands on one (or several) while supplies last!
Ratings & Reviews
I take it all back! The problem was in the headshell wiring. These are excellent cartridges and an incredible deal. If someone could delete my last two reviews on this cartridge, that would be awesome.
Maybe Randy was on to something. I had one of these sit in a drawer for a while mounted in a head shell. When I reattached it to use it, one channel was out. But all I had to do was remove the head shell wires and reinstall them. This has never happened with any cart I've ever had. But they aren't broken--the contacts just need to be refreshed for some reason. Still gets 5 stars. It's $15! A $150 cartridge doesn't sound 10x better, I'll tell you that much. This thing sounds TOTL.
Maybe Randy was right, sort of. One of my CN5625AL quit working for some reason. Only gave me a hum out of the right channel. I removed the head shell wires from the pins on the back of the cartridge and reattached them and everything was fine. Seems that somehow the pins oxidize? Perhaps some dielectric grease will help this. This has never happened to any other cartridge I own. $15, still gets 5 stars. Sounds very good and is a quite solid tracker. Almost no sibilance on records that cause my much more expensive carts/styli to have problems. My new Dave Matthews "Under the Table and Dreaming," is my new sibilance torture record. It is very, very hot.
I bought three of these and they sound excellent. I don't know how Randy keeps breaking his; this is the same cartridge as the Audio-Technica AT3600, CN5625AL, and many others. This is a great way to stock up on stocking stuffers for your audiophile friends. What? No audiophile would listen to such a cheap cartridge? Well, there's a reason so many TT's come with this cart stock. It will change the way you think about a sub $50 cartridge. Dynamic, sweet, perfect tracking, flawless given its price point and it completes well with carts costing ten times as much. You don't think a conical can sound good? Think again. This cart simply blew my socks off. I bought these on a whim from the clearance page and I'm glad I did.
I bought three of these, used two months of occasional play and it they break. I only have one left. But for the price it isn't bad.
Bruno from zambia
by Bruno from zambia
Purchased this item, mounted it on my player, works beautifully. Recommend purchase.
Buy a couple of these.
by Greg -
I bought a couple of these about 18 months ago. Just got around to mounting one on a Technics SL-Q2 turntable. It must have been a demo cart because the stylus had a clump of gunk on it. After cleaning, mounting, balancing and setting tracking force at 1.62 g, it's singing beautifully. Now playing: Joe Jackson's "Night and Day". It's handling the power and dynamics of this record quite well. Voices are natural without sibilance, horns are musical, and the drums jump out of the speakers. A great all-round cartridge for the price. Buy a couple of these.