Stylus Question - Audio-Technica AT95E

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by GroovyGuy, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. GroovyGuy

    GroovyGuy Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Halifax, NS Canada
    I recently purchased a vintage turntable which as a fresh AT95E installed on it. One of the first things I do when I acquire a new cartridge is to buy a spare stylus. I'm in the process of doing that now.

    Currently, Amazon (Canada) has the AT95E on sale for C$58 including shipping https://www.amazon.ca/Audio-Technic...?ie=UTF8&qid=1520985310&sr=8-1&keywords=at95e .

    When I went to the Jico SAS site, their stylus is U$56 plus shipping ATN3451E, JICO stylus | Online Shopping for Japanese Phonograph Needles

    Based on this, it would be cheaper for me to buy the entire cartridge on sale from Amazon and get the OEM stylus with it. My question is - is the Jico / SAS a better stylus and worth the extra money? I don't mind paying more for a better stylus but I don't want to pay more for something that would be the same as what I'd get with the OEM stylus from Amazon. Thoughts? TIA :)
     
  2. PhxJohn

    PhxJohn Forum Resident

    Location:
    Phoenix, AZ
    That is not a JICO SAS stylus. It is a JICO elliptical. A/T makes fine styli so my opinion it is about 6 of one, half a dozen of the other.
     
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  3. tables_turning

    tables_turning In The Groove

    Location:
    Mid Atlantic, USA
    I have an AT95E and have experimented with several aftermarket styli. A good option is here on the Turtable Needles site.

    It might be worth mentioning that the OEM stylus has dimensions of .4 x .7, while the Bliss aftermarket option is .3 x .7, which is a slightly finer cut. I have this, and there is a difference to my ears, at least.
     
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  4. Brendan K

    Brendan K Forum Resident

    Location:
    Illinois
    I used the AT95E as my first cartridge on my AT-LP120 and it worked fine to me. I never really thought it sounded "inferior" until I upgraded to a MoFi Cartridge, and I still think it's the best in the price range.
     
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  5. GroovyGuy

    GroovyGuy Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Halifax, NS Canada
    I tend to agree. I'm using this cart in my second "vintage" system so my feeling is that if I upgrade the cart I won't really hear a difference due to the other components. That said, I'm pleased with the sound I'm getting right now so I'm just going with it :)
     
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  6. octavius

    octavius Member

    Location:
    Slovakia
    I'm thinking to into buy one AT95 for me... just from curiosity :) Folks what are you talking about it? Is it good idea?
     
  7. tables_turning

    tables_turning In The Groove

    Location:
    Mid Atlantic, USA
    Probably one of the best choices available in its price range.
     
  8. octavius

    octavius Member

    Location:
    Slovakia
    Yes price is good. I also have at440mlb+ new ATN150SA and Nagaoka MP-110 so I was interested about this at95 :whistle:
     
  9. tables_turning

    tables_turning In The Groove

    Location:
    Mid Atlantic, USA
    I like mine. I upgraded the stylus to the ATN95EX...instant improvement. This one is a keeper.
     
  10. PhxJohn

    PhxJohn Forum Resident

    Location:
    Phoenix, AZ
    The AT95 is a good budget choice. It has been a Stereophile recommended cartridge for years. There are many aftermarket styli to choose from.
     

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