You will receive a complete solution that is ready to plug into most any "S-shaped" curved tonearm. You can be up and spinning in a few moments. Upon receipt in almost all cases, all you will have to do is:
- Insert needle into cartridge. It's shipped unmounted for protection during transport.
- Perform tracking adjustment per below instructions.
ADD TO CART ERROR? Note that this product is asking you to click the black or silver headshell color AND the needle you want with your cartridge BEFORE adding this item to the cart.
For additional details and write-up, please see our AT120E page.
Note that the cartridge arrives mounted to the headshell 'well-enough' aligned but not
custom precision-aligned to your specific turntable. This means that in most
cases it will work out of the box but the more discerning ear will
likely want to do some additional alignment.
Specifications: Audio Technica AT120E 1/2" Mount Cartridge w/needle
Stylus Shape: 0.3 x 0.7 mil BiRadial (Elliptical) NUDE (natural) Diamond tip (ATN120E aka 208-DE)
Cantilever: Thin wall tube(NOT for DJ use)
Tracking Force: 1.0 - 1.8 grams
Output Level: 5mV @ 5cm/sec. @ 1Khz
Frequency Range: 15 - 25Khz
Load Impedance: 47K ohm
Load Capacitance: 100-200 pF
Channel Balance: 1.0 dB
Channel Seperation: 29dB @ 1Khz & 20dB @ 10Khz
Cartridge Weight: 6.5 grams
How do I adjust tracking pressure and anti skate?
you are lucky enough to have these two adjustments, move tracking force
counter weight until the needle hovers perfectly balanced above the
record. Now rotate the dial with numbers (not the weight itself) to
zero. (this is zero grams pressure on record) then rotate weight AND
numbers together to the recommended tracking pressure for your needle.
Then rotate anti skate to have a setting of equal value. Basically you
want the least amount of needle pressure pushing down on the record as
possible without it skipping or sounding bad. That will give you the
longest life from your needle and records.
NOTE: Anti skate is
adjusting side to side pressure WITHIN GROOVE of record. Tracking
pressure is how hard the needle is pushing down inside the groove.
If your tonearm has a height-adjustable base, make sure the arm is parallel with the record surface.