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AT150MLX (DISCONTINUED)

Dual Moving Magnet Cartridge


U.S. One-Year Limited End-User Warranty

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



  • Overview
  • Specifications
  • Downloads
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

  • Overview

    MicroLine® shaped diamond tip. Vector-Aligned cartridge for outstanding channel separation, very low distortion and superb tracking. Gold-plated boron cantilever provides an extremely rigid yet lightweight platform. PCOCC wire; mu-metal shielding plate.



  • Specifications


    Frequency Response 10-23,000 Hz*
    Channel Separation 30/20 (dB at 1 kHz/ 10 kHz)
    Tracking Force Range 0.75-1.75 g
    Stylus Construction Nude square shank
    Recommended Load Impedance 47,000 ohms
    Output 4 (mV at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec)
    Channel Balance 0.8 dB
    Stylus Shape MicroLine™
    Cantilever Gold-plated boron
    Mount 1/2" centers
    Replacement Stylus ATN150MLX



    Vertical Tracking Angle: 23°
    Wire Used For Coils: PCOCC
    Recommended Load Capacitance: 100 – 200 pF
    Dynamic Compliance (x 10-6 cm/dyne, 100 Hz): 10.0


    *This model exceeds the requirements of DIN Standard 45 500 for frequency response bandwidth and tolerance.
    † DIN 45 549/AT6607 test records with bands of carefully calibrated recorded amplitude (one micron equals 0.0001 cm). Program levels of typical commercial recordings are on order of 60-70 microns.
    †† 20° is lEC/DIN Standard.


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  • Downloads

    AT150MLX Review - The Sensible Sound (pdf 120.02 KB)
    A Guide to Phono Cartridges (pdf 669.29 KB)
  • Reviews

    A MM cartridge wilt MC atributes

    5

    The AT150MLX has the best sound I have ever heard from a MM cartridge. The sound approaches that of MC cartridges at a fraction of the price. I simply love this cartridge, and the higher output results in a lower noise floor. Channel balance is excellent providing the azimuth and VTA alignment are correct. It is also resistant to external influences.I give it five stars.

    Dayton, NV, USA

    My Favorite Phono Cartridge

    5

    This is my favorite moving magnet cartridge and I have been through different ones over the years. It approaches the level of sound normally only possible with a moving coil design. The channel separation is superb as well as trackability. I have a manual turntable and using this cartridge makes it difficult to tell when a record side is finished because there is absolutely zero inner groove distortion! I really enjoy the fact that the inner grooves sound just as clear as the outer grooves with the AT150MLX. I also have the AT440MLa and this one bests it with overall smoothness and clarity (though the AT440MLa is really,really good!). This cartridge is worth the money and comes with some nice high quality PCOCC pure copper headshell leads to add to an already great product. If there is any con, it is that the boron cantilever the needle is attached too must be handled carefully. It isn't quite as robust as aluminum, but is very necessary to help achieve the overall smooth and clear sound this cartridge produces. This is my go to cartridge on my main turntable and I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again.

    Rogers, AR

    Great cartridge

    5

    It brought new sound to my old LP's. Very nice sound. Much better than my other cartridges in the same price range. 4 mv output is little to low for my vacuum tube amps, but volume control remedies that problem. Most I like about it is the very natural sound and that is what I bought it for.

    Denver, CO, USA

    AT150MLX Dual Moving Magnet Cartridge

    5.0 3

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  • Q & A

    Will the AT150MLX work with SME 309? Is the cart compliance compatible with the tonearm mass?

    Rayt

    Thank you for your inquiry. It appears that your tonearm is a low mass tonearm. The AT150MLx is a medium (on the high side) compliance cartridge, so you should be ok with it.

    AudioSolutionsManager

    Will the AT150MLX work with SME 309? Is the cart compliance compatible with the tonearm mass?

    Rayt

    Thank you for your inquiry. It appears that your tonearm is a low mass tonearm. The AT150MLx is a medium (on the high side) compliance cartridge, so you should be ok with it.

    AudioSolutionsManager

    Will the AT150MLX be a good match for my SME 3009 III (series 3) arm?

    Christopher

    Thank you for your inquiry. The AT150MLX is a 1/2 mount cartridge with a weight of 8.3 grams. It's Dynamic Compliance (x 10-6 cm/dyne, 100 Hz): 10.0. Please check the documentation for your tone arm to ensure this will work.

    AudioSolutionsManager

    I have an AT150MLX and now that it's discontinued I wonder if the ATN150SA stylus from the new AT150SA cartridge will work with my cartridge. My understanding from various online forums is that the AT150SA cartridge body is electrically different from the AT150MLX body even if they look the same. If the ATN150SA stylus is not compatible with my AT150MLX, what other styli can I use as a replacement?

    Steve

    Styli that will fit the AT150MLx are the ATN150MLX and ATN150SA. Although the ATN150MLx has been recently discontinued, there are currently plenty available for purchase. If you have any further questions, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at: audio-solutions@atus.com Thanks!

    ATUS_Specialist2

    does this one work with the AT-LP120 USB?

    tealow

    Yes it does.

    ATUS_Specialist1

    Would you please provide me the exact horizontal distance between the stylus tip and the mounting hole centers, the 'over-hang' if you will?

    Peter

    To receive an answer to your question, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at: audio-solutions@atus.com The Overhang spec is relative to the turntable used as well. Please include the model number of your turntable in your email, and we'll do what we can to find the correct overhang specification and/or correct alignment protractor to achieve the correct overhang and tangency. Thanks!

    ATUS_Specialist2

    Would the AT150MLX work well with a Dual 721? Also, is there a shop in the Austin, TX area that stocks this cartridge?

    Jim

    The Dual 721 takes a 1/2" mounted cartridge weighing between 4.5g - 10g. The AT150MLx weighs 8.5g, so it will work just fine! If you have any further questions, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at: audio-solutions@atus.com Thanks!

    ATUS_Specialist2

    What is the compliance of this cartridge? My tonearm's effective mass is 16g. Will this cart work?

    Dave

    The compliance of the AT150MLX Cartridge is 10 @100 Hz, so it will be around 17.5 @10 Hz. With a 16g effective mass tonearm and a cartridge/fastener weight of about 9g the resonant frequency will be about 8 Hz. So yes, it will work.

    ATUS_Specialist1

    My favorite dealer website has listed the replacement stylus for this product (ATN-150MLX) as discontinued. Is this the case? If so, is there a recommended alternative?

    Guy

    The AT150MLx and replacement stylus ATN150MLx are both current products. If you're having a difficult time locating one, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at: audio-solutions@atus.com Thanks!

    ATUS_Specialist2

    Would this work with the AT LP 120 ? And is there anything extra I will need to buy if I decide to get this cartridge.

    Lucas

    To receive an answer to your question, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at: audio-solutions@atus.com Thanks!

    ATUS_Specialist2