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Dual Moving Coil Cartridge

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  • Overview
  • Specifications
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  • Reviews
  • Q & A

  • Overview

    The AT-F7 stereo cartridge features Audio-Technicas dual coil design and elliptical stylus (0.2 x 0.7 mil) for class-leading sound quality and reliability. It offers outstanding clarity and transparency of tone, along with improved frequency response and precise stereo imaging. The cartridge is equipped with a 0.07 mm stainless suspension wire that serves an important role as a fulcrum point for audio signal transfer, resulting in excellent expression of the high-frequency range. It is an outstanding value, with sound comparable to more expensive models.

  • Specifications

    Frequency Response 15-50,000 Hz
    Channel Separation 27 dB (1 kHz)
    Tracking Force Range 1.8 2.2 g (standard: 2.0 g)
    Recommended Load Impedance Min. 100 ohms (when head amplifier is connected)
    Output Voltage: 0.35 mV (1 kHz, 5 cm/sec.)
    Channel Balance 1.5 dB (1 kHz)
    Stylus Type 0.2 x 0.7 mil nude elliptical
    Cantilever Aluminum
    Mount Half-inch

  • Downloads

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

    Serious cantilever/stylus alignment issues!


    I originally purchased this cartridge brand new from a Japanese dealer, and right out of the box there was a serious alignment issue with the cantilever/stylus. (Photo #1) I then contacted Audio-Technica US and alerted them of the problem. They graciously sent me a brand new replacement cartridge, but right out of the box, it also had an alignment issue. (Photo #2) Just contacted them again to resolve the issue, but not sure that I'm willing to try a third "brand new" cart. I will accept a replacement if they open it and confirm it is properly aligned before they send it to me, otherwise I feel a refund is in order.

    Los Angeles



    As good as any high end elliptical stylus you can find. Excellent! Competes with any elliptical stylus on the Market!

    Nashville, TN


    Sounds better than my antique AT-13-NE. Would buy that one


    This is a really musical kit that expands the music very nicely. 10 thumbs up ! I had to borrow a few but they agree to.

    Northern VA


    AT-F7 Dual Moving Coil Cartridge

    4.0 3


  • Q & A

    I purchased this cartridge from Japanese seller, and it has a manufacturing defect. right out of the box, the stylus tip is not perpendicular to the cantilever or the cartridge body. Should I even bother getting a replacement, or is this a common issue with this cart?

    Scottie Gee

    No, this is not a common issue. Please contact our Service Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5009 or at for assistance with this.


    How does this work? Is it "high output" by moving two coils over the magnets or is there a different method? I don't see more than the normal 4 Litz pins.


    The AT-F7 Dual Moving Coil Cartridge is a low output design, not a high output design. The output level is 0.35mV (1 kHz, 5 cm/sec). We use 2 "micro-coils", one for each channel.


    I have a dual 1249 turntable that used a cd4 cartridge. I believe what I have is the audio technical 14sa . what cartridge would you recommend?


    Thank you for your inquiry. The VM540ML would be a good replacement.


    It seems that the discontinued AT-F3/III and this model (AT-F7) have similar technical characteristics, with exception of the suspension of the cantilever. How better is the sound of this model? Is it tmore suitable other to orchestral material (classical and easy listening music) ? Thanks for your help.


    The AT-F7 has more detail and better reproduction of signals low in level so it should be more suitable for orchestral and classical type music. Note that the F7 includes headshell leads and a stylus cleaning brush, the F3/II does not.


    Will this cartridge provide usable quality production with an SME 3009 arm?


    Thanks for your inquiry. The AT-F7 is a medium compliance cartridge. However there are several versions of the SME 3009 that were made over the years. Some of them are low mass and some of them are medium mass tonearms. If your version is a medium mass tonearm, then the AT-F7 will work fine with your turntable.

    Is this a High compliance cartridge? I use a Grace 707 low mass tonearm. If not which can you recommend as high compliance/ Thank you


    Thank you for your inquiry. No the AT-F7 is actually a medium compliance cartridge. Currently, our high compliance cartridges are the following models: AT-OC9/III AT-ART9 AT-ART1000


    Hello is this compatible with a Technics SL-1200?


    Thank you for your inquiry. Yes the AT-F7 is compatible with the Technics SL-1200 tonearm.


    I have a AT LP 120 USB. I have a treasure trove of old 78's I'd like to play and xfer to cd. How can I get a compatible stylus/cartridge/headshell for my turntable and what are my options?


    Thank you for your inquiry. You may use the 78 RPM stylus available at (ATN95W) to use with the included AT95E cartridge that comes with the turntable. Additional information here:


    I have a AT LP 120 USB. Will this cartridge be compatible with this turn table?


    The AT-LP120-USB turntable itself is not compatible with Moving Coil Cartridges. If you have any further questions, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at: Thanks!


    Which moving coil cartridges would you recommend for use with a Rega RP1 turntable ? I would rather not have to add shims/spacers to the tonearm to get reasonable VTA.


    The AT-F7 Cartridge is 17.3 mm in height. The AT33EV is 16 mm high and the OC9ML/II is 25.6 mm (1.1 inch) high. I have not been able to determine what the acceptable cartridge height is for the Rega turntable. See if you can determine what the height of the Rega cartridges are and compare.