Superb preformer, and a stunningly good value
I don't think there's a better cartridge in its price range, and far above it! I have compared it to 2 of its competitors the Ortofon 2M Red, and the Shure M97XE, and the AT-120E beats them both in performance. It tracks better than either one of those 2, even the Shure known for its superb trackability, and sounds better than the Ortofon supossedly superior in its sound quality. The AT-120E with its nude minted elliptical stylus beats them both in the accuracy of its imaging, depth of bass extension and the liquiuity and transparency of its highs. I'm very pleased with this cartrtidge in particular, and with AT as a whole. My other cartridge is also an AT, a 440mla, and I'm surprised at how close this 120E is to that more expensive cartridge. Makes me think the AT has superior engineering and design capabilities than other manufacturers of phono cartridges, and as I look to the future for upgraded cartridge purchases I will seriously consider AT as my brand of choice
May 12, 2015
Great Sounding Affordable Cartridge For General Use
First of all, this is not a high end cartridge, but it is a very fine general purpose cartridge that has a pleasing sound that is non fatiguing. As far as budget cartridges go, I have used many competitor's cartridges and still do on occasion, but always seem to come back to the AT120e, AT440MLa, and AT150MLX. The 120e is used on a backup turntable and not used all of the time, but generally when I feel like hearing something different. It has a very pleasing sound that isn't nearly as detailed as the 440MLa or 150MLX, but is very good for its price point. In comparison to the 440MLa, the cartridge is less clear, but has more warmth to the sound. It tracks very well for just being a .3x.7 elliptical, though on some records there is a very slight bit of inner groove distortion or occasionally sibilance. Most people would probably not notice it, but it does occasionally pop up depending on the record. The best selling point for this cartridge is performance vs. price. For a nude elliptical cut diamond (better than bonded) that tracks well and also has very good sound separation, I haven't found another cartridge quite as good as this one. If you are just buying a new turntable and want a simple and cheap cartridge then this is the one to get from my experience. Some other brands offer similar quality in sound, but are more expensive.
March 20, 2015
Very easy to set up. Cartridge includes stylus, stylus brush and flat head screwdriver with 1/2 inch mounting hardware. Sounds excellent on my Technics SL-1300. Thanks, AT...Two thumbs way up !!!
November 23, 2011