Stylus Question - Audio-Technica AT95E

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

  1. GroovyGuy

    GroovyGuy Forum Resident 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 Forum Resident 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.
     
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  8. octavius

    octavius Member

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    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.
     
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  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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  11. L.P.

    L.P. Forum Resident

    Location:
    Austria
    I watched this video on youtube. AT95 vs Nagaoka MP-110.

    I don't hear much of a difference. Is it youtube, is it my Notebook or my headphones, or is it my ears?
     
  12. H8SLKC

    H8SLKC Forum Resident

    Location:
    Boston, MA
    The AT95e is a very good cartridge, no qualifiers needed. Plenty of choices in styli for it including shibata tips. FWIW, the super cheap AT3600 and others using the AT 211 body offer incredible value and goodness in sound as well, also with multiple styli options. I actually prefer its tone to the AT95e. Chinese sellers on ebay are offering the AT3600L for $11-13 shipped.
     
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  13. tumbleweed

    tumbleweed Vaguely discontented

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    Colorado foothills
    I'm curious as to why you feel the need for a cart that is several steps below what you already have? The 440 and 150 are premium cartridges, don't know that much about the Nagaoka. But why the 95? Not that it isn't a good value, but you already have two - perhaps three - that are superior.
     
  14. allied333

    allied333 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Fenton, MI
    Just my opinion. I would not buy anything less than a VM540ML. The AT-120e does not work for me either. I know the VM540ML costs 5x a AT-95e, but it sounds much better. The VM540ML is still at the lower end of audiophile quality cartridges, but gets you there. If you just cannot spend that much, a Grado Green is superior to the AT-95e for $25 more. (I'm no fun, huh)
     
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  15. Livewire91

    Livewire91 Electric Member

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    Finland
    AT 95E is really great for it's price.
     
  16. allied333

    allied333 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Fenton, MI
    Well on my TT it is shrill at certain high frequencies. That is a show stopper for me. My FM tuner does not sound shrill, but of course the resolution on FM is a lot less than a TT.
     
  17. Livewire91

    Livewire91 Electric Member

    Location:
    Finland
    Best audio equipment is your own ears and everyone has their own specific hearing/opinion. That's whats really awesome and opinions are different. I have a AT-LP120 with ortofon 2m red cartridge. Connected straight to the klipsch r15 pm speakers and i love the sound. That is all that matters, as long as you just enjoy the music and the sound :):thumbsup:

    You can just buy different cartridges or stylus till you find the one you like and return the ones that don't suit your likings.
     
  18. The AT95E is a cheap, entry level cartridge. You could probably buy a new cartridge with stylus for about the same as the genuine replacement stylus. Current Amazon pricing in U.S.$ is $49. for the complete cartridge and $35. for the replacement stylus. If you want to upgrade, get an AT95EX at Amazon for $59.
     
  19. Jelloalien

    Jelloalien Stylus Genie

    Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
    Not sure if anyone in this thread is still after a at95e but I have one unbranded left. It just doesnt have the logo, but it's an original AT stylus and cart and never used. I don't really need it myself, asking $47cdn (approx 37usd)

    New: AT95E cartridge/stylus
     
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  20. octavius

    octavius Member

    Location:
    Slovakia
    I have intended use AT95 for old not good vinyl condition. I like 440 and 150 so much. Nagaoka is also good but is different like these two AT´s
     

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