AT440MLb (DISCONTINUED)

Dual Moving Magnet Cartridge

MSRP* US$199.00
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 AT440MLb has been discontinued. Please see the VM540ML Dual Moving Magnet Cartridge .

    MicroLineŽ shaped diamond tip for better high frequency response with less wear and distortion than elliptical or conventional linear contact styli. Dual Magnet cartridge design, Paratoroidal generator coil circuit, a Micro-Linear stylus, PCOCC wire.



  • Specifications


    Frequency Response 20-25,000 Hz
    Channel Separation 28 (dB at 1 kHz)
    Tracking Force Range 1.0-1.8 grams (1.4 optimal)
    Stylus Construction 0.12 mil Nude
    square Micro-Linear
    stylus
    Recommended Load Impedance 47,000 ohms
    Output 4.0 (mV, 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec)
    Channel Balance 1.0 (dB at 1 KHz)
    Stylus Shape MicroLineŽ
    Cantilever Aluminum Pipe
    Mount Half-inch
    Replacement Stylus ATN440MLb



    Coil impedance : 3,200 ohms at 1 kHz
    DC resistance : 800
    Load Capacitance : 100-200pF
    Coil inductance (mH, 1 kHz) : 490
    Dynamic compliance (x10-6 cm/dyne) : 10
    Static compliance (x10-6 cm/dyne) : 40
    Vertical tracking angle : 20-degree
    Dimensions (mm) : H 17.3 x W 16.0 x D 28.2
    Weight (g) : 6.5


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  • Downloads

    A Guide to Phono Cartridges (pdf 669.29 KB)
  • Reviews

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    Audio-TechnicaAT440MLb Dual Moving Magnet Cartridge
     
    5.0

    (based on 4 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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    • Durable (4)
    • Easy to set up (3)
    • Great sound (3)

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    5.0

    Good value.

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    from Orlando, FL

    Pros

    • Durable

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      Best Uses

        Comments about Audio-Technica AT440MLb Dual Moving Magnet Cartridge:

        I have the MLa version for several years. Tracking is as good if not better than my V15xMR, which means excellent. But the sound is more engaging than the long discontinued V15. Some may describe the sound as forward or crisp in the highs, but that's a personal preference. I'd say it is a more "modern" sound as opposed to early analog types of cartridges. I swap it back and forth with a DL103 moving coil if I desire something more retro. Turntable used is a Technics SL-1200 Mk5 tracking at 1.5g. Good value for the money without getting into stratosphere cost. I bought a spare stylus for mine just in case...

        • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
        • Casual Listening
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        • Audiophile
        • How long have you used this product?:
        • Over a year
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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Top value for money. Very musical and engaging.

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        from Norway

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Great Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Audio-Technica AT440MLb Dual Moving Magnet Cartridge:

            Fantastic value for money. AT-440 MLb on Linn LP12 with Akito 2b tonearm is a great match. Very engaging and fun.

            • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
            • Casual Listening
            • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
            • Audiophile
            • How long have you used this product?:
            • Up to a year
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            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great upgrade for the LP 120 Turntable

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            from Atlanta Georgia

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy Controls
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Great Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Audio-Technica AT440MLb Dual Moving Magnet Cartridge:

                Note this review is for an AT440MLb. I have a AT LP 120 turn table which came with the Audio Technica AT 95e cartridge. Although I really like the 95, and it sounds great especially for the price, I was able to detect a little inner groove distortion with the 95 on the very last songs of some albums. I was wondering if it was the recording or the needle. After doing some research, I learned that the needle on the 440 is a square micro linear where the 95 is elliptical. At lease for me, the 440 needle wiped out the inner groove distortion. Also, as you break it in, it even begins to sound better. Thus far, this is the best sounding needle and cartridge I have ever owned. In the event you are just transferring music from vinyl to digital, the 95 may be good enough. It also sound great in many stereo systems too. If you listen to music in the background, or even semi seriously, the 95 is a great choice. But if you begin to upgrade your system where it makes good recordings sound great, and fair recordings sound worse picking up all the flaws, then you may want to upgrade to the 440 because your upgrade may begin to detect the inner groove distortion. If your 95 needle is worn out and you want a replacement, this is an excellent upgrade. I have no regrets and highly recommend the change. Also, if at first you think it doesn't sound much different, give it a little time to break in. It will make your albums out perform the CD sound by a long run. This needle is for those that really listen to music seriously and love the way vinyl sounds with virtually little or no distortion. After buying this needle, I don't even listen to my cd's anymore. It sounds that good! I know there are even better needles from Audio Technica, but for now at this price, I find this a very good value.

                • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                • Professional Audio
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                • Audiophile
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                • Up to a year
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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Fantastic dynamic response

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                from Seattle, WA

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                • Durable
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Great Sound

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                    Comments about Audio-Technica AT440MLb Dual Moving Magnet Cartridge:

                    This is a great stylus cartridge, with ultra-crisp, clear, singing highs and clean bass.

                    • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                    • Professional Audio
                    • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                    • Intermediate
                    • How long have you used this product?:
                    • Less than a month

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                  • Q & A

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                    • Q:

                      Is this unit compatible with the AT LP120.
                      How hard is it to swith out the stock,card?
                      Asked on 3/6/2017 by Joseph33 from hollywood,fl

                      1 answer

                    • Q:

                      Does this cartridge require VTA adjustment on a AT-LP120. I'm upgrading from the stock cartridge, just seeing what adjustments that should be made to correctly install it. Thank you
                      Asked on 3/6/2017 by Doug from Omaha,NE

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Reviewer

                        A:

                        Thank you for your inquriy. No, you will not have to change the VTA.

                        Answered on 3/24/2017 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                    • Q:

                      Will the ATN440MLB stylus fit the ATN440MLA?
                      Asked on 3/5/2017 by Willy from Denver, CO

                      1 answer

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                        A:

                        Thank you for your inquiry. Yes the ATN440MLb is the replacement stylus for the AT440MLa cartridge.

                        Answered on 3/6/2017 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
                    • Q:

                      Will this work with the Rega Planar 3 (2016)? Do I need to buy a headshell or make adjustments to the tonearm?
                      Asked on 2/24/2017 by Jazzyjazzjazz from HAWAII

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Reviewer

                        A:

                        Thank you for your inquiry. The Rega Planarv3 appears to have a low mass tone arm. If so the AT440MLB, which is on the high side of medium compliance should work well on this turntable.

                        Answered on 3/6/2017 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                    • Q:

                      Will this cartridge work on a Teac TN-300 turntable?
                      Asked on 2/5/2017 by Bob from Toronto

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Reviewer

                        A:

                        Thank you for your inquiry. Yes, this will work well with this turntable.

                        Answered on 2/14/2017 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                    • Q:

                      Is it possible to purchase this cartridge pre-mounted to the aluminum headshell?
                      Asked on 1/16/2017 by casblue

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                      • Staff Reviewer

                        A:

                        You may contact your local dealer to inquire if that is a service they can offer.

                        Answered on 1/17/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                    • Q:

                      Will this fit to my Rega RP3 with RB 303 tone arm, without any modifications? Specifically will the height be OK? Thanks
                      Asked on 12/29/2016 by Chris

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Reviewer

                        A:

                        Thank you for your inquiry. The RB303 appears to a medium mass tone arm. Since the AT440MLb is a medium compliance cartridge this should work well.

                        Answered on 1/12/2017 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                    • Q:

                      What cartridge do I need to play old 78 RPMs on my new AT-LP120-USB?
                      Asked on 12/28/2016 by T from Newport Beach, CA

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                    • Q:

                      Will this cartridge work well with a Technics SL-220? Is VTA adjustment required,and if so, can I achieve it with the addition of a mat?
                      Asked on 12/26/2016 by Eric_VT

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                      • Staff Reviewer

                        A:

                        Thank you for your inquiry. Yes, the effective tonearm mass for this turntable is a medium mass arm and the cartridge is a medium compliance. The mount is half inch, so this should work well. As for the setting the VTA, I cannot help with this. Generally speaking, you want the tonearm a close to level as possible when the stylus is on the album.

                        Answered on 12/28/2016 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                    • Q:

                      Can this cartridge be used to play older mono recordings? Since it has the microline stylus, I was concerned that the stylus might be incompatible with the mono grooves.
                      Asked on 11/29/2016 by telefunkin74

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                      • Staff Reviewer

                        A:

                        Thank you for your inquiry. As long as these are LP albums and not 78's, yes this should work. Please note It may not be as quiet as a mono cartridge.

                        Answered on 12/2/2016 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
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