AT120E/T

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



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    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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    AT120E/T Cartridge 4.7 5 3 3
    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
    Excellent 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 !!! November 23, 2011
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    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?

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

    Hope this helps!
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    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.
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