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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    • 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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        (2 of 2 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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            (8 of 8 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

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                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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                (4 of 4 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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