Panasonic EPS-440QD Type BLISS aftermarket shibata needle.
This is a highly polished "shibata" shaped diamond replacement needle made in Japan by BLISS.
It is compatible with, and would be a top of the line replacement choice for all numbers listed below. See 'related products' below for the cheapest conical replacement available.
Replaces: PANASONIC EPS-440QD
Used In: PANASONIC EPC-270C
Also found in: AIWA FISHER TOSHIBA RADIO SHACK, REALISTIC
AN-6 AN6 AN-6 AN6 DARLING NM321B
AIWA NEEDLES AN-6 AN6
ASTATIC NEEDLES N1561 N1629 N1630 N1851 N1853 N1854
EVG NEEDLES PM2823D PH2942D
FIDELITONE NEEDLES A826
FISHER MODELS ICS709
PANASONIC/TECHNICS NEEDLES 260 290 EPS-270 EPS270 EPS-290 EPS290 EPS-440QD EPS440QD (quad channel) EPS-52 EPS52 EPS-53 EPS53 EPS-56 EPS56 EPS-270ED
PANASONIC/TECHNICS CARTRIDGES EPC-270C EPC270C EPC-271C EPC271C EPC-290 EPC290 EPC-290C EPC290C EPC-441C EPC441C EPC-56 EPC56 EPC-79 EPC79 EPC-86 EPC86 EPC-87 EPC87 EPC-96 EPC96 EPC-270CII
TOSHIBA NEEDLES N-320 N320 N-330 N330
RADIO SHACK, REALISTIC NEEDLES RS1077
This shibata tipped needle made by BLISS will transform any compatible cartridge with a lesser-equipped stylus into a high end playback solution capable of exceptionally faithful, clear and true sound reproduction.
"DSH" =Diamond SHIBATA tipped bonded stylus.
16, 33 or 45rpm LPs, NOT for 78rpm
• 0.9 - 1.5 grams tracking pressure.
• stereo and mono ready - quadraphonic system not required to enjoy the near perfect sound reproduction that shibata tipped needles offer.
Shibata needles have maximum contact with the record groove, better than conical, elliptical and hyperelliptical tips.
For any type of quadraphonic (4-channel) record playback, be it of the discrete (CD-4) or matrix (SQ) variety, in addition to this quality shibata stylus, the following components of a complete quad system must all be present and in working order:
- A Cartridge sold originally as being capable of 4-channel playback.
- A Record originally pressed with decodable information for channels 3 and 4 that is still in good condition. A record that is too worn will lose it's ability to provide the high carrier frequency needed for the amp to decode the rear channels even though you may still be able to hear the two primary left and right channels just fine. The record jacket will clearly advertise (brag) about this capability if it is present.
- A receiver or amplifier with the needed circuitry which is still functional. Capacitors and edge-connector connections often fail in these circuits leaving them no longer capable of decoding the rear channels 3 and 4.
- and of course 4 speakers hooked up correctly and situated in the 4 corners of a standard listening room.