AUDIO TECHNICA: Their AT-ART1000

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Known as the Direct Power Stereo Moving Coil Cartridge, it is Audio-Technica’s new flagship design.

Direct Power System means that it places the moving coil directly on top of the stylus tip meaning that the signal transmission from the stylus diamond to the moving coil is direct and therefore not transmitted along the length of the cantilever.

The AT-ART1000 features a line contact diamond tip stylus and a solid boron cantilever.

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To create the non-magnetic core coil, a 20 µm diameter PCOCC wire wound eight turns to a diameter of 0.9 mm is used. Despite being a non-magnetic core type, an output voltage of 0.2 mV is obtained by placing a 3 Ohms coil in the 0.6 mm gap of a magnetic circuit.

The structure that supports the specialised magnetic circuit and suspension system is constructed from titanium which works in tandem with the cartridge’s polymer cover and aluminium housing to minimise vibrations.

Due to the nature of the product and to protect against damage to the cantilever and wear of stylus tip, Audio-Technica will offer AT-ART1000 customers a paid Cartridge Rebuild Programme service. This programme provides the replacement of the whole assembly including stylus tip, cantilever, coils and rubber dampers and will be offered via the ‘Excellence’ retailer network. Price will be £4,100.

To learn more, click eu.audio-technica.com/hifi-phono/cartridges/AT-ART1000 or click 0113 277 1441

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