Bargain at the price
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
I currently use several different turntables. This is the first Audio-Technica I have ever used. I wanted a moderately priced cartridge to put in the turntable I use to audition newly acquired vinyl which mostly comes from thrift stores and garage sales and from the $2.00 bins in record stores, with the occasional nicer piece of used vinyl. I do this to spare my more expensive cartridges from the first go around of digging out fifty to sixty years worth of who-knows-what-kind-of-gunk that may still be in the grooves even after cleaning the record. I am pleasantly surprised. This cartridge compares quite favorably with the $500 low output moving coil cartridge it replaced, especially in extracting detail. I don't notice any difference in bass or tracking ability. Worth the money.
Pros: Punches way above its weight class