Summary: Set this cartridge up in a perfect condition Technics SL-1600 and it sounds great. Perfect compromise between price and performance. 95% of the sound of the super high end carts at a fraction of the price. Stylus rides low in the groove to get underneath many if not most of the surface wear and scratches (assuming record is well cleaned) to make even older records sound quite good.
Summary: This cartridge produces great sound however it could be a little more vivid. I think it is a little dull. The tracking is better than any cartridge I previously owned. I think it is a good buy but a bit overpriced for what it does. If you can find it for 100$ go for it.
Summary: For the price, this gets 5 stars. You get a lot of detail with this cartridge. It does track light but well, and it hovers very close to the record. The micro-line stylus digs right down into that groove. Moving Magnet doesn't get much, if any, better than this.
Summary: I ordered the AT 440MLA and received it new in the box. I mounted the cartridge and all I heard was HUM. [...] mounted the cartridge and NO hum - it worked perfect. In all my years of cartridge buying I never have a defective cartridge. Oh well works great now [...] Now for the cartridge. It is all that the other reviews say. I played some familiar records (direct to discs) and I heard sounds that I didn't notice before! The only thing is it is an little shy on bass.
Summary: One of the best entry-level audiophile carts available, and excellent value for the money. Superb tracking with NO inner groove distortion. Excellent channel seperation and soundstage. Extremely detailed sound. The microline stylus gets very deep into the groove, where other styli can’t go – this is especially beneficial with older, worn records. The AT440MLa is considered by some to be a bright cartridge, but once it gets broken in, it sounds really nice.
Pros: Excellent bang for buck, Great Sound
Cons: Hum problem - see below, Some may find it bright