A must have MM cartidge to enjoy the last 5 minutes of most LP's
CBHouse "CBHouse", Amazon
3 weeks ago
Summary: Ahh! At last no IGD aka Inner Groove Distortion. I kicked a Ortofon 2M Red to the curb because it seemed like the last 5 minutes of most EP/LP's were too distorted to enjoy. Based on other reviews and recommendations I switched to this. No more IGD as mentioned. I have now used this on a Project Carbon (former 2m Red), MusicHall MMF 7.1 and Technics 1210M5G all with great success.
Summary: The enthusiastic reviews here may possibly represent a type of listener, instead of the cartridge's performance. In actual comparison with several cartridges at this price level AND higher, this cartridge invariably shows up unnaturally bright and fatiguing. Its generous tracking ability and freedom from sibilance is a virtue shared with several competitors also.
Veteran Cartridge still Sounds Great - Carfeful with Equipment Pairing
Vinyl Nutt, Amazon
3 weeks ago
Summary: I was lucky to find an old AT440ML/OCC cartridge hanging on the end of a $20 Craigslist Thorens turntable that I bought a few years ago. I sold the table, but kept the cartridge after doing some research on it. Meanwhile, my newish Pro-Ject Debut III was sounding very flat with the supplied Ortofon OM5e. I bought a new stylus, now marketed as the 440MLA, for about $125, and installed it.
Very Clear, and Detailed. No Inner Groove Distortion here!!
4 weeks ago
Summary: Very Detailed, Super Tracker the At 440mla. If you have a lot of second hand vinyl like I do, this thing is a gem. It is a tad bit raised on high frequency, but nothing a slight turn of the treble knob wont cure if you don't like that. Some will add 100ohm resistors to their phono stage. This cart does not like high capacitance cables and stage. Try to keep total capacitance below 200 pF. This cartridge will see through a lot of record wear and reproduce it like new.
Fantastic stylus for those who want a clean "digital" sound.
12 July 2013
Summary: Bought one if these three years ago and I use it a lot, I play perhaps three records or more a day and its still going strong! Can't add much more than the other reviews other than to echo that it does sound very clean and not the typical traditional soft crackly record sound. It's incredibly quiet and sounds very clean and digital, perhaps a bit bright but that's what I like.
Summary: This is the second AT440MLA i've bought as I recently picked up another turntable for a secondary system. It's on a a Pioneer Pl-500 Direct drive turntable and it works great on it. It tracks better than any other cartridge I have ever owned and I like the sound although some may feel it's too bright. The price of this cartridge has nearly doubled from a few years ago but I still feel it's a good value. Highly recommended!
Summary: I purchased this cartridge for the same reasons many others here did- I was having fits trying to deal with inner groove distortion on used vinyl purchases that I've been ripping to ProTools as 24/96 wav's and DVD-Audio discs. My set up for this job is a Denon DP-45f turntable running straight through an amazing 1975 vintage Marantz 3600 preamp that's been completely refurbished to original specs, then to the ProTools inputs with custom made Mogami cables by ProLA Audio.
jimmy.f ""It depends on what the meaning ..., Amazon
19 April 2013
Summary: About six months ago I installed this on a 1979 Pioneer PL-250 direct drive turntable and aligned it using Baerwald calculation via mirrored protractor and used Shure's SFG-2 tracking force gauge to set it at 1.4g. After six months of use and break-in, I can tell you that this is a phenomenal cartridge for the money. I was skeptical about the reviews reporting no inner-grove distortion, but darn if they weren't right - I just can't believe it.
Summary: I've never had a very high opinion of AT cartridges. This one has turned me around 180 degrees. I replaced a Shure V-15 IV with this, and am fairly amazed. It's running on a JVC QL-50 direct-drive table, with a Linn Basik Plus arm. It's not as bright as the Shure, but gives a much more balanced output, at least to my ears. Your mileage may vary. I have played the Stone's Goatshead Soup album, and Queen's Jazz albums, along with some medieval chamber music.
Summary: Perhaps the last cartridge you'll ever want to buy in your life!!!! I'm not one to go make statements like that very often but I believe that with this cartridge. Until I bought this cartridge I believed the Grado was the be all to end all. I still love the Grado, having owned both the black and the green. There is, however, the small matter known as the "Grado hum" and it was quite a big matter for me. I'm a perfectionist when it comes to sound.