Audio-Technica AT120E/T 1/2" Mount Turntable Phono Cartridge .3 x .7 mil
Audio-Technica AT120E/T 1/2" Mount Turntable Phono Cartridge .3 x .7 mil is rated out of 5 by 2.
Rated 4 out of 5
from Best Cartridge for the moneyI have two of these. They both perform beautifully. I like the sound so much better than the comparable Shure MX97e. The highs are more lifelike. It does take about 30 - 50 hours of use to fully break in the stylus. At first you may hear some "ssss" on some vocals ( a little lispy). But that will go away once the stylus is broken in. Then it's years of great sounding vinyl from this bad boy. Great dynamics.I have one on a vintage Technics SL-1700 and one on a Technics SL-1400. I think Audio Technica cartridges and Technics turntables go perfectly together. I set the tracking weight to 1.5 grams.
Date published: 2013-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5
from Audio-Technica AT120E is AMAZING!!!I searched for 4 months online for a good cartridge for my turntable after breaking the cantilever on my (1977) vintage Audio Technica 13EAX. Original needles were not available thru reliable sources anymore, so I was forced to upgrade... I looked into Ortofon and Sure cartridges and saw the reviews said they were "neutral sounding" and boring. Well, reading reviews on the AT 120E, everyone I read said it was the best cartridge for the money and that it's younger sibling the AT 95E was an amazing value, too. Having originally had an Audio Technica cartridge that I loved, I decided to stick with that brand...WOW!!This AT 120 E has brough life back to my vinyl collection. The crisp, clear highs, balanced midrange, and respectable lows of this cartridge make for a very enjoyable listening experience...so much so, that I have stopped listening to my CD's. You can really hear what you are missing in the original recordings that are filtered out by CD digital production. The cymbal decays are soooo lifelike, not like the wimpy sputter of cymbal sounds on CDs. The pops and crackles of vinyl are very understated with this product. They are still there, but not at all in the way of the music. It does an amazing job with tracking all grooves, including those pesky last two tracks on records. Works great on all types of music. Classical, Jazz, Classic Rock...even recods from the 1950s!!! The 4 month search for vinyl heaven is over for me!! I LOVE this cartridge..You will, too...Get one Today!!
Date published: 2013-09-12