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mitchs1224
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stylus / cart info

Post by mitchs1224 » 22 Sep 2019 15:15

hello all, can someone point me to some good links to learn about cartridge and stylus upgrades? particularly i would like to learn about whats compatible and whats not? I recently bought my first turntable its very basic entry level phono with a ATN3600L do you typically only change the stylus or can you upgrade the entire cartridge? Thank you in advance Im not looking for someone to do the homework for me, just looking for articles to read

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Re: stylus / cart info

Post by Collux » 22 Sep 2019 18:53

Welcome to 'vinylengine' !

A starting point:
Cartridge "primer"? inc links
https://audiokarma.org/forums/index.php ... er.297642/

Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnetic_cartridge

4 Reasons to Upgrade Your Turntable Cartridge
https://vinylrestart.com/4-reasons-to-u ... cartridge/

Some audio-technica documentation & press releases:
2019 Catalogue-Phono Cartridges
https://eu.audio-technica.com/resources ... 0(web).pdf
Moving Magnet Cartridges:
https://www.audio-technica.com/cms/news ... index.html
https://eu.audio-technica.com/resources ... ges_EN.pdf
Moving Coil Cartridges:
https://www.audio-technica.com/cms/news ... index.html

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Re: stylus / cart info

Post by abs1 » 22 Sep 2019 21:08

You may replace the stylus by itself using a factory conical replacement when your stylus becomes worn, or an elliptical replacement from LP Gear if you desire an "improvement" over your conical stylus. Note that your AT 3600L is a fine entry level cartridge that is much better than it should be for its price. Please do not be in a hurry to condemn it.

There are a multitude of alternative cartridges you can use if you desire to change your complete cartridge assembly, but you need to read up on the subject. It's too complex to attempt to cover in a brief answer in this thread, but Collux (above) provides you a great reading list in his preceding post.

It would be a big help (if you need further info) for you to list what "table you have.

Cheers,
Al

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Re: stylus / cart info

Post by Collux » 22 Sep 2019 23:50

Here is an elliptical upgrade from LP Gear, for the AT-3600L
-which as indicated by abs1 is remarkable value for the money.
https://www.lpgear.com/product/LPGATN3600DLXSE.html

There is even a ViVid line stylus for this entry level cartridge:
https://www.lpgear.com/product/LPGATN3600DLXVL.html

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Re: stylus / cart info

Post by mitchs1224 » 23 Sep 2019 00:01

Thanks those were good reads. I am not in a hurry at all. The turntable and set up i pu together sounds great. But i know me and i love to tinker!

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Re: stylus / cart info

Post by mitchs1224 » 23 Sep 2019 00:01

abs1 wrote:
22 Sep 2019 21:08
You may replace the stylus by itself using a factory conical replacement when your stylus becomes worn, or an elliptical replacement from LP Gear if you desire an "improvement" over your conical stylus. Note that your AT 3600L is a fine entry level cartridge that is much better than it should be for its price. Please do not be in a hurry to condemn it.

There are a multitude of alternative cartridges you can use if you desire to change your complete cartridge assembly, but you need to read up on the subject. It's too complex to attempt to cover in a brief answer in this thread, but Collux (above) provides you a great reading list in his preceding post.

It would be a big help (if you need further info) for you to list what "table you have.

Cheers,
Al
Thanks those were good reads. I am not in a hurry at all. The turntable and set up i pu together sounds great. But i know me and i love to tinker!

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Re: stylus / cart info

Post by AudioFeline » 24 Sep 2019 06:21

It would also depend on how "entry level" your turntable is (what is it?). When you are ready you may be better upgrading the turntable rather than putting money into a turntable that may not benefit from the investment. And the AT3600 is a quality cart for a bargain price, probably no need to rush into upgrading it.

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Re: stylus / cart info

Post by mitchs1224 » 25 Sep 2019 14:21

AudioFeline wrote:
24 Sep 2019 06:21
It would also depend on how "entry level" your turntable is (what is it?). When you are ready you may be better upgrading the turntable rather than putting money into a turntable that may not benefit from the investment. And the AT3600 is a quality cart for a bargain price, probably no need to rush into upgrading it.
I agree the one have now sounds pretty good so im going to hold off until I upgrade the whole turntable

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Re: stylus / cart info

Post by KentT » 26 Sep 2019 14:27

mitchs1224 wrote:
22 Sep 2019 15:15
hello all, can someone point me to some good links to learn about cartridge and stylus upgrades? particularly i would like to learn about whats compatible and whats not? I recently bought my first turntable its very basic entry level phono with a ATN3600L do you typically only change the stylus or can you upgrade the entire cartridge? Thank you in advance Im not looking for someone to do the homework for me, just looking for articles to read
Most likely your phono can't be upgraded. Stylus can be replaced, but most such phonos without headshells, without adjustable counterweights can only use the factory fitted cartridge. What kind of turntable do you own?

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