AT120E/T (DISCONTINUED)

Cartridge

MSRP* US$195.00
One-Year Limited End-User Warranty

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



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  • Overview

    The AT120E/T has been discontinued and has been updated to the new model AT120Eb.

    Vector-Aligned Dual Magnet design and A-Tís exclusive Paratoroidal signal generator. .3 x .7 mil elliptical.



  • Specifications


    Frequency Response 15-25,000 Hz
    Channel Separation 29 (dB at 1 kHz)
    Vertical Tracking Force 1.0-1.8 grams
    Stylus Construction Nude round shank
    Recommended Load Impedance 47,000 ohms
    Output 5.0 (mV at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec)
    Channel Balance 1.0 dB (1 kHz)
    Stylus Shape 0.3 x 0.7 mil elliptical
    Cantilever Alloy tube
    Mount Half-inch
    Replacement Stylus ATN120E



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    4.7

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    5.0

    Superb preformer, and a stunningly good value

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    from Atlanta, GA, USA

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        Comments about Audio-Technica AT120E/T Cartridge:

        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

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        • Less than a month
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        4.0

        Great Sounding Affordable Cartridge For General Use

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        from Rogers, AR

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        • great performance vs. price

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        • occasionally some inner groove distortion

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          Comments about Audio-Technica AT120E/T Cartridge:

          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.

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          5.0

          Excellent Cartridge

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          from Jennings, LA

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              Comments about Audio-Technica AT120E/T Cartridge:

              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 !!!

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              • Q:

                AT120E for Sony PS-X55?

                I have a Sony PS-X55 turntable that has an old AT100E cartridge and aftermarket stylus. Would the AT120E work on that TT? It has a low mass arm. Is there a better choice in AT carts?
                Asked on 1/18/2014 by Babyboomermusicman from Arkansas, USA

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                • A:

                  Absolutely, and don't get too hung up on arm mass, any phono cartridge will fit any arm made in the past several decades, pay attention to properly mounting the cartridge in the arm using an accurate protractor, make sure your tracking force is adequate, for the 120E 1.7 grams works well, and dial in your antiskating force to the same amount. the 120E is a superb cartridge and an outstanding value.

                  Answered on 5/12/2015 by erniegiro from Atlanta, GA, USA
                • A:

                  Yes, the AT120E/T should be a good match.

                  According to the documentation for your turntable, the tone arm can accomodate cartridges weighing between 2.5 and 6.5 grams. I am assuming this is with the headshell that came with your turntable.
                  The weight of the AT120E/T Cartrdige is 6.4 grams. For heavier cartridges, or if you are using a different headshell which is heavier than the supplied headshell, an additional weight that was provided with your turntable will need to be used.

                  Answered on 1/29/2014 by AudioSolutionsSpec1 from Stow,OH
              • Q:

                Is this compatible with the AT-LP-120?

                is it hard to install?
                Asked on 1/6/2013 by bart from Chicago, IL, USA

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                • A:

                  Thank you for your inquiry. That is very hard to answer since everyone has a different level of technical ability. For most folks, if they have the ability to use a screwdriver and follow the provided instructions it should not be too hard.

                  Answered on 1/21/2013 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
              • Q:

                Is AT120E/T compatible with RB301 arm on Regar P3

                I'm asking this question because I had to return a competitive product because its height was too much, and there was not enough space between the needle and vinyl surface.

                Thank you in advance.
                Asked on 8/1/2012 by Zoltan from Hungary

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                • A:

                  We have found no reference made to the acceptable cartridge height for the Rega RB301 tone arm. The height of the 120E/T Cartridge is 17.3 mm. I believe the height of the RB300 arm, which the 301 has replaced, was adjusted by using shims. Is the RB301 not able to be shimmed?
                  Not having enough space between a cartridge and the record could also be the result of too heavy a cartridge being used, the tracking force being set too heavy for the cartridge, or the compliance of the cartridge being too high (cantilever suspension is too soft) for the weight of the arm.
                  The compliance of the 120E/T is 8 x 10-6 cm/Dyne @100 Hz.
                  Although I have not been able to locate the specification for the acceptable cartridge weight range for the RB301 tone arm, I have been able to locate it for the RB300 arm. The cartridge weight range for the RB300 arm was 4 to 11 grams. I doubt the weight range for the new RB301 arm is much different, but I suggest making a call to Rega to confirm this. The weight of the AT120E/T is 6.2 grams. From a weight standpoint, the 120E/T should work fine.

                  Answered on 8/15/2012 by AudioSolutionsSpec1 from Stow,OH
              • Q:

                I am considering an AT120E cartridge for my turntable (Pioneer PL-41). Will this cartridge work on my table? It is the stock arm for the table.
                Asked on 6/20/2012 by tefkeman

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                • A:

                  Thank you for your inquiry. The Pioneer PL-41 is a half inch mount so the AT120E will work with this turntable.

                  Answered on 6/26/2012 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
              • Q:

                AT120E/T Compliance

                Considering purchasing this cartridge for a Thorens TD160 with the TP16 Mk 1 tonearm. This is a medium-high mass arm. Would the AT120E/T be compatible?
                Asked on 2/12/2012 by bluelou51

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                  Yes it would be. With a compliance of 8 and a cartridge mass of 6.2 grams, on that arm the resonant frequency would be 10.55 Hz. This is well within the 8 to 12 Hz range which is considered to be ideal.

                  Answered on 2/15/2012 by AudioSolutionsSpec1 from Stow,OH
              • Q:

                Is the AT120e/t a good fit for Pro-Ject Debut III and how is it at diminishing surface noise?
                Asked on 2/4/2012 by Spinner from Massachusetts, USA

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                • A:

                  Thank you for your inquiry. This would be a good choice for that turntable. As for surface noise, it would be an improvement if you have been using a conical tip stylus or an eliptical with a larger tip.

                  Answered on 2/10/2012 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
              • Q:

                Match to Pioneer PL-514

                Anyone have an opinion about whether the AT120E/T would be a good match to a late-70's vintage Pioneer PL-514?

                Thanks.
                Asked on 1/7/2012 by RadioRocky from Northern New England, USA

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                • A:

                  I just mated the AT95E with the Pioneer PL400, and was quite impressed. It certainly sounded as good - or perhaps better than ever before, and the price (at under $50 at the time) was excellent.

                  In all likelihood, the AT120E/T will meet or exceed your expectations for the PL-514.

                  Answered on 1/30/2012 by dimonic from Toronto, Canada
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                  It should be a good match. Useable cartridge weight for the Pioneer PL-514 turntable is listed as being 4 to 10 grams. The weight of the AT120E/T is 6.2 grams. A weight of 6.2 grams puts the cartridge in the low compliance category. I could not locate an effective tone arm mass specification for the arm on the turntable. An arm of moderate effective mass (11 to 25 grams) would be the best match for a cartridge of low compliance. The AT120E/T was one of our best selling Cartridges during that time period. Even by todays standards, it is still one of the best performers and values in our line.

                  Answered on 1/16/2012 by AudioSolutionsSpec1 from Stow,OH
              • Q:

                I just bought the AT-LP240 and now will buy the AT120E/T. No screws came with the turntable, are they included with the cartridge?
                Asked on 11/16/2011 by Jackal

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                • A:

                  Yes, the mounting screws for the Cartridge are included with the Cartridge.

                  Hope this helps!

                  Answered on 11/17/2011 by AudioSolutionsSpec2 from Stow, OH
              • Q:

                AT120E vs E/T vs Signet TK3Ea

                I have an ATN120E installed on an old Signet TK3Ea body. I'm very impressed by this combination and was wondering whether the specs on the TK3Ea body (not the stylus) are the same or different from the current AT120E/T or perhaps the older AT120E. Also, what are the differences, if any, between the E and E/T versions of this cartridge? Thank you.
                Asked on 8/19/2011 by boreas from California

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                • A:

                  The AT120E and the Signet TK3E are not the same Cartridges, but they are close in terms of performance. The output level of the 120E is slighlty higher. There are no differencse between the AT120E and the E/T. The change in model references a change in the packaging for the Catridge only. The 'T' is for tabbed outer box, which allowed it to be hung on a peg for display.

                  Answered on 8/24/2011 by AudioSolutionsSpec1 from AudioSolutionsSpec1
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