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Audio Technica CN5625 Reviews

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Audio Technica CN5625

Audio Technica CN5625

6/10 by anatol evdokimov

Low cost entry level cartridge. Simplifies the sound of music, swallows quiet sounds, overtones and afterturns. The impression that you are listening mp3 player. With a 78-turn needle, the cartridge transforms and sounds much more interesting. Acquired for an old record player of 1975, which will never be the first, but is able to reproduce old records with 78 revolutions.

8/10 by jdubbie

On my Dual CS 515 with ULM65 tonearm, I actually prefer the CN5625AL to my AT-95E, which sounds better on a heavier tonearm. It tracks well at 2g and really seems in its proper element on an ultra-light arm. Imaging is delightful and mid-tones are beautiful. Highs are not entirely pleasant in louder stretches. Otherwise, an entirely musical cartridge. At least one full star simply for value (bought mine in 2016 for ~$20USD).

7/10 by metrofarm

Amazingly competent BOTL cartridge. 0.7 conical (vs, I believe, 0.6 for the visually identical AT3600). Available stylus' come in a range of colours (white, red, yellow, blue, black, teal green) depending on who's name is stamped the front. This is a common OEM cart and supplied with various stylus options (including a carbon cantilever variant) for makers as diverse as Marantz (a black variant) and Rega (a white variant).

A very good series of compromises that can provide a pleasant sound for little money. Struggles a bit with IGD in comparison with more advanced stylus profiles (as do all conicals). Gives its best performance at 2.5g on my Technics SL-D212. If you want to run this on a cheap (i.e. BSR) turntable I'd recommend you get the version for +3g setups. This is available at turntableneedles.com as a cost option. The standard cantilever won't take the weight of a crude tonearm whose counterbalance might be substantially higher in weight than is being indicated.

In play the CN5625 handles solo instruments very well in classical music but tends to 'smear' the sound of massed strings which makes them sound a little distorted and sort of mushed together rather than sounding like x instruments being played together. An example would be Vivaldi mandolin concertos. The mandolin sounds fine, clear, tuneful and well articulated and real sounding but the backing violins sound massed and sort of compressed together into a lump. Otherwise highs/mids and lows are all acceptable and the overall tone of the CN5625 is quite pleasant and non-fatiguing to listen to. Neither particularly good or bad with surface noise. Acceptable on clean(ish!) pressings.

A good choice for a second or third table or a for a very cheap table or a table that you're going to sell or give away to get someone started.

If you were looking to buy this cartridge outright to put on your turntable I'd suggest that it's greatest shortcoming is that the AT95e is only about double (or less) the very modest price of this model...

The CN5625 can be upgraded with hypereliptical and Shibata stylus'. And even a 78 stylus. I upgraded mine to a modestly priced hypereliptical because I got my CN5625 included (new) with my Technics. If I bought the Technics without a cartridge I'd have probably gone for a better cart like the AT95e.

8/10 by hotsparks

Great cartridge for its price! Good bass, good mid, good highs. I installed this on my AIWA AP-2200 and it sounds great! I'm sure there are more better sounding cartridges out there but this one comes pretty close if you take into consideration the price.


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