Since its introduction more than 30 years ago, Audio-Technica’s pioneering moving coil OC9 cartridge series has been prized by demanding vinyl listeners and professional critics alike for its musical transparency, expression of sound and precise construction. Special Line Contact as featured in our flagship ART1000, this diamond profile offers the ultimate in accurate sonic reproduction with a sense of space and realism to all instruments that few other configuration can achieve.
Special Line Contact diamond profile offers the ultimate in accurate sonic reproduction
Threaded holes in the cartridge body enable the cartridge to be mounted on to the headshell, or integral tonearm, with just two screws M2.6 – no nuts or bolts required.
Aluminum body minimizes unwanted vibration for reduced resonance and superior audio reproduction
Produced in the Audio-Technica Fukui factory in Japan under strict quality control for precise manufacturing.
The purpose of a stylus is to ride along the record groove capturing movement, which is then transferred into an electrical signal within the turntable cartridge. Audio-Technica produces styli in five different shapes (Conical, Elliptical, Microlinear, Shibata, and Special Line Contact) that make contact with the record groove and capture movement in different ways, creating unique sound characteristics.
The special line contact stylus is shaped to track the record groove with the highest level of precision, resulting in excellent high-frequency response, low distortion and minimum abrasion. The special line contact stylus makes more surface contact than any other stylus shape.
It should be noted that due to its high-fidelity, the line contact stylus may produce more noise on heavily worn records. The line contact tip is used on our higher-end cartridges.
|Cartridge & Stylus|
|Frequency Response||20 – 50,000 Hz|
|Channel Separation||28 dB (1 kHz)|
|Vertical Tracking Angle||20 degrees|
|Vertical Tracking Force||1.8 to 2.2 g (standard 2.0 g)|
|Stylus Construction||Nude rectangular shank|
|Recommended Load Impedance||Min 100 Ohms|
|Coil Impedance||12 Ohms (1 kHz)|
|DC Resistance||12 Ohms|
|Coil Inductance||25 μH (1 kHz)|
|Output Voltage||0.4 mV (@ 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec)|
|Output Channel Balance||0.5 dB (1 kHz)|
|Stylus Shape||Special Line Contact|
|Cantilever||0.28 mm Ø nude boron|
|Static Compliance||22 x 10 – 6 cm / dyne|
|Dynamic Compliance||18 x 10 – 6 cm / dyne (100 Hz)|
|Mounting||1/2” centers / Threaded inserts|
|Cartridge Weight||7.6 g|
|Dimensions||17.3 (H) x 16.8 (W) x 25.7 (L) mm|
|Accessories Included||1 non magnetic screw driver|
4 pairs of mounting screws: 5mm, 8mm, 10mm, 12mm
1 plastic protector
|Stylus Size||1.5 x 0.28 mil|
|Wire Used for Coil||PCOCC (Copper by Ohno Continuous Casting process.)|