AT-OC9/III

MicroCoil™ Cartridge

MSRP* US$999.00
One-Year Limited End-User Warranty

*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. Actual selling price may vary; please check with an authorized Audio-Technica dealer.



  • Overview
  • Features
  • Specifications
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  • Q & A

  • Overview

    Audio-Technica’s AT-OC9/III MicroCoil™ Cartridge features a special line contact stylus embedded into a low-profile solid boron cantilever, ensuring the music signals read by the tip of the stylus are transmitted reliably to the coils. The cartridge’s “VC mold” design ensures stability and rigidity while the dual moving coil offers excellent stereo separation and improved frequency response for long-lasting performance. The use of PCOCC wire (Pure Copper by Ohno Continuous Casting), a special copper with virtually no transverse crystal barriers to impede signal transmission, perfects the performance of the advanced dual coil design.

  • Features


    • Flagship model with extremely high-quality sound

    • Builds on the characteristics of the critically acclaimed AT-OC9ML/II

    • Special line contact stylus and solid boron cantilever with a 0.26 mm diameter

    • Neodymium magnet and permendur yoke significantly increase magnetic energy

    • PCOCC used for coils and terminal pins

    • Dual moving coil with high separation and wide response

    • VC mold for minimizing unnecessary vibration

    • Rugged body dedicated to achieving a design with increased rigidity

  • Specifications


    Frequency Response 15-50,000 Hz
    Channel Separation 30 dB (at 1 kHz)
    Vertical Tracking Force 1.88-2.2 grams (standard: 2.0 grams)
    Recommended Load Impedance Min. 100 ohms (when head amplifier is connected)
    Output 0.4 mV (at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec)
    Channel Balance 0.5 dB (at 1 kHz)
    Stylus Shape Line contact
    Cantilever 0.26 mm diameter solid boron
    Mount Half-inch



    Note: moving coil cartridges require receivers or preamps with compatible inputs; their stylus assemblies are not field-replaceable.


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  • Downloads

    A Guide to Phono Cartridges (pdf 669.29 KB)
    AT-OC9/III Manual (pdf 129.25 KB)
  • Reviews

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    4.0

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    5.0

    Superb clarity

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    from Sao Paulo, Brazil

    Pros

    • Easy Controls
    • Great Sound

    Cons

    • Be very careful with cantilever

    Best Uses

      Comments about Audio-Technica AT-OC9/III MicroCoil™ Cartridge:

      In simple words: pleasant to hear with superb clarity and definition with a reasonable price.

      • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
      • Casual Listening
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      • Audiophile
      • How long have you used this product?:
      • Up to a year
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      5.0

      The best mc cartridge I currently have. PERIOD.

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      from Santiago, Chile

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Great Sound

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          Comments about Audio-Technica AT-OC9/III MicroCoil™ Cartridge:

          Beautiful design, exquisite sound. Is currently the best among my other mc cartridges,denon 103r and Yamaha mc9. After listening to Abdulmajid song in the Philips Glass work over Bowie's Heroes I don't think any other cartridge can sound any better.
          I'm also a watch collector, so I can notice these small details that indicate a very careful craftmanship.
          A flawless product that you'll love it.
          Includes all the hardware.

          • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
          • Casual Listening
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          • Audiophile
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          • Less than a month
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          5.0

          Brings out the subtleties in the music

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          from Illinois

          Comments about Audio-Technica AT-OC9/III MicroCoil™ Cartridge:

          I replaced a high end MM cartridge with the AT-OC9/iii. I was expecting more "punch" and better soundstaging, but what has impressed me most about the OC9/iii is the clarity of subtle signals. Very quiet passages with the MM were often audible, but not clear - like they were so soft that you couldn't quite make them out. The same passages with the OC9/iii are not louder, but are now perfectly clear. This effect doesn't just apply to very soft passages, but also to subtleties in tone and how the overall mix between instruments is perceived. Acoustic guitar is especially telling. Where before I would hear the notes, now I hear the fingers on the strings and the character of the instrument beneath the notes.

          • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
          • Casual Listening
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          • Audiophile
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          • Up to a year
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          1.0

          Four decibels high, (WAY out of balance) on RIGHT channel

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          from Illinois, USA

          Site Member

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            • out of ballance

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              Comments about Audio-Technica AT-OC9/III MicroCoil™ Cartridge:

              I am asking for an exchange. Bought from L.P. Tunes, it came with ONE SCREW holding it to the shipping mount. The RIGHT CHANNEL is 4 DB hotter than the left. It is $800 and OUT OF BALANCE.

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            • Q & A

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              • Q:

                I have the AT-120L-USB/AT95E turntable/cartridge and it works quite well. Can I use any of the higher-end Audio-Technica cartridges with it (my preamp can support either MM or MC cartridges) ?
                Asked on 7/11/2016 by PETER from New York, NY

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                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  The AT-LP120-USB is not best-suited for a moving coil cartridge. If you're looking to get up into that quality of cartridge, we recommend taking a look at the AT-LP1240-USB. However, you can upgrade your cartridge from the stock AT95e (green) cartridge on your AT-LP120-USB to a higher quality moving magnet cartridge. For more help, please contact us directly at Audio-Solutions@atus.com

                  Thanks!

                  Answered on 7/12/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4
              • Q:

                How many grams is this cartridge?
                Asked on 3/27/2016 by 1oldguy from Newfoundland ,Canada

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                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  Thank you for your inquiry. If you are referring to the Vertical Tracking Force it is 1.88-2.2 grams (standard: 2.0 grams).

                  Answered on 4/7/2016 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
              • Q:

                I have a vintage Dual 1245 Turntable and an Emotiva XSP-1 pre-amp. Will the Audio-Technica AT-OC9/III be compatible with this system? Thank you for your fine products.
                Asked on 3/19/2016 by Dave from Chicago, il

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                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  For this specific scenario, yes it will be compatible! Make sure on the back of the amp, you have "MC" selected located just by the Phono jacks.

                  Answered on 3/22/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4
              • Q:

                Hi

                I'm very happy with my AT OC9/III and I was told that AT has a moving coil cartridges needle replacement program for a fee.

                Can I have more information about that?

                Regards

                Peter
                Asked on 3/17/2016 by Pedrito from Santiago , chile

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                  A:

                  To receive an answer to your question, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Service Department at:
                  repair@atus.com

                  Thanks!

                  Answered on 3/24/2016 by ATUS_Specialist2 from Stow, OH
              • Q:

                Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable I need a needle or whatever u call it now not sure what to buy for compatibility
                Asked on 12/21/2015 by Oldie from Fort Frances, Ontario Canada

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                  A:

                  The AT-LP120-USB Turntable includes the AT95E Moving Magnet Cartridge. Any of our 1/2 inch type mount Moving Magnet (MM) type Cartridges is compatible with it. We only recommend the use of high-output (above 1 mV) Moving Coil (MC) type cartridges with it.

                  Answered on 12/30/2015 by ATUS_Specialist1 from Stow, OH
              • Q:

                Is it compatible with a Rega P3-24?

                Would I need any shims?
                Asked on 12/22/2011 by timosmith from New York, NY, USA

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                • A:

                  The height of the AT-OC9/III Cartridge is 17.3 mm

                  We do not know the acceptable Cartridge height range specification for the Rega P3-24 Turntable

                  Please consult your Turntables documentation or contact Rega for further assistance

                  Answered on 12/30/2011 by AudioSolutionsSpec1 from Stow,OH
              • Q:

                alignment protractor

                I already have ATOC9mlII, but affraid to put on, because have no advice from manufacurer wich one to use?
                Asked on 12/5/2011 by Vladan from Belgrade, Serbia

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                • A:

                  We have no specific recommendaton for an alignment protractor. Following is a good source for recommended protractor models based on the type of tone arm the Cartridge is mounted to. A-T

                  http://www.vinylengine.com/cartridge-alignment-protractors.shtml

                  Answered on 12/8/2011 by AudioSolutionsSpec1 from Stow,OH
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