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ATN120E Stylus for AT120E cartridge - our Needle 208-DE

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Replacement Needle/Stylus Assembly
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Our Part: 208-DE
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Aftermarket Elliptical Version
OEM Audio-Technica ATN120E [add$46.00]
$29.95
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Currently shipping aftermarket .3 x .7 Elliptical version.

The Audio Technica ATN120E's diamond surface is polished to a glass-like finish.  Thus, providing exceptionally precise audio clarity by closely following the groove wall fluctuations.  Standard quality diamonds have more of an 'orange peel' finish when viewed under the microscope.  That roughness your fingers feel on an orange peel when compared to the smoothness of an apple skin will cause more friction if dragged down a V-shaped track to simulate a record groove.  So, in this case, when comparing apples to oranges, the apple-like tip smoothness is what you want.


Note:  The aftermarket tip, while 0.3 x 0.7 mil, is bonded, not natural diamond, and noticeably orange-like in appearance.  It works fine for the majority of stereo systems and budgets but in this case there is a difference to the trained ear on demanding tracks.


"DE" =Diamond 0.3 x 0.7 mil polished "NUDE" (Natural Diamond) tip Elliptical tip needle. Aftermarket version is not a "NUDE" version.
for use at 16, 33 or 45 speeds. NOT for 78 rpm speed.
1 - 1.8 grams tracking pressure.
Elliptical needles have more efficient contact with the surface of the record than a conical tip.
Original needle color is usually: CARAMEL(burnt orange)
AUDIO TECHNICA CARTRIDGES AT-120E/T AT120E/T AT-120E AT120E AT430E
AUDIO TECHNICA NEEDLES/ STYLUS ATN-120E ATN120E
ASTATIC NEEDLES N1696
EVG NEEDLES PM2301DE
FILDELITONE CARTRIDGES 165E-843 165E843
HITACHI NEEDLES DS-ST17 DSST17
HITACHI CARTRIDGES MT-17 MT17
RECOTON 163E-950 163E950 165E-952 165E952 172S-970 172S970
SHARP CARTRIDGES C-12
SIGNET TK1Ea substitute for obsolete SIGNET TKN1Ea

Rating Same as the original
 
I accidentally bent the stylus on my AT120e/t and did not want to spend $120+ on a new cart, this replacement stylus was identical in every way to the original. I got the more expensive oem not the aftermarket generic. Still was a good deal IMHO.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Tennessee. - 9/28/2013
5/5
Rating atn120e copy
 
not bad. you get what you pay for. all the top end is there. the bottom end lacks detail. muddy. not as good as the original. construction is different. appears to be more mass with the cantilever and stylus itself. better to just buy another 120e cartrige. better deal.
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Reviewed by:  from surrey, bc. - 7/30/2013
3/5
Rating audio-technica 4-208-de
 
I am very pleased and quite frankly a little surprised at the quality of this stylus. Great detail throughout the whole range --a bargain at twice the price.
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Reviewed by:  from Winnipeg, Manitoba. - 1/4/2013
5/5
Rating Super Sound.
 
The sound with this needle is very very good. Thanks Turntableneedles.com
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Reviewed by:  from Herkenbosch Netherlands.. - 8/27/2012
5/5

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