Here’s a brand whose long heritage in the analogue audio field augurs well for buyers. Audio Technica’s cartridges have been around since the ’70s and come in a wide variety of types, from the beer-budget AT95E that was once the definitive choice for affordable turntables to the radical tech of the ART1000, one of the most extreme designs on the market. With the AT-F7 we’re in rather more conventional territory.
This is not quite the most affordable moving coil cartridge in the range (there’s one below it) but it’s still a competitive price for a product whose build quality, as close inspection reveals, clearly meets lofty standards. As with all MC cartridges the stylus is fixed and cannot be replaced by the end user. That’s no big deal in our book – with more expensive designs it’s worth having the stylus repaired or replaced if it’s worn or damaged, but at this end of the scale it’s cheaper to get a replacement.
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