buy or not?

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tlspjulian
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buy or not?

Post by tlspjulian » 22 Jul 2019 10:02

wanting to buy a new cartridge and came across this one that looks just like the at91 cartridge but not sure whether to buy since it doesn't even have the audio technica logo so, is it worth to buy?
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Re: buy or not?

Post by Pauw » 22 Jul 2019 12:39

At 20$ what have you to lose? You never know it might turn out to be excellent.

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Re: buy or not?

Post by Collux » 22 Jul 2019 14:33

Here's the same cartridge with logo for $12.64
https://tinyurl.com/y2sujzpv

AT-3600L carts are readily found on ebay.

Many users have reported quite satisfactory performance from this low cost offering.

There are upgraded styli profiles now available for this cart:
- elliptical and ViVid Line.

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Re: buy or not?

Post by tlspjulian » 23 Jul 2019 23:09

Pauw wrote:
22 Jul 2019 12:39
At 20$ what have you to lose? You never know it might turn out to be excellent.
so your saying give it a go then?

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Re: buy or not?

Post by Collux » 23 Jul 2019 23:29

for the money: Yes.

The next "step-up" is an AT-VM95C for ~$30

The VM95 series offers interchangeable styli and thus an OEM upgrade path.
https://eu.audio-technica.com/cartridge ... m95-series

(LP Gear do offer upgraded stylus profiles for the AT-3600L)

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Re: buy or not?

Post by wolfie62 » 25 Jul 2019 17:09

What is your goal here? Just to have A CARTRIDGE, any cartridge, on the end of the tonearm? Why?

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Re: buy or not?

Post by tlspjulian » 26 Jul 2019 06:19

on a budget here thats why, just wanted some advice if it would be a good choice

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Re: buy or not?

Post by wolfie62 » 26 Jul 2019 13:42

Many ways to stay on your budget and not make a compromise by buying a lackluster performing cartridge.

There are many outstanding performing vintage cartridges that are not bettered by new carts costing 10X your budget.

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Re: buy or not?

Post by ]eep » 26 Jul 2019 16:37

I say no. But for a very different reason... For the same amount of money you can get 2 original AT3600L. So $10 on your doormat. And they are really good, I know because I already have several of them that I mount on tables I fix.

While some of the above comments are ready dismissive, that might be sensible in any other case, but it shows they do not have any hands on experience with this particular cartridge.

I tracks well, it sounds great, really great, it's balanced, it has real bass, good voices, good highs only it lacks the highest treble and sense of air. For that you would need to upgrade to more expensive stylus (I have a VL stylus on it and is clearly better in the treble).

So go buy the Chinese white version and enjoy how it rocks. No need to hide it. Don't buy it because it's cheap, you buy it because it's good.

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Re: buy or not?

Post by tlspjulian » 27 Jul 2019 01:17

thank you for that explanation on my wayyyyyy

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