I purchased this outstanding phono cartridge a few years ago new, it is the finest Moving Magnet cartridge I have ever heard in my system. I used it for a scant 2 hours before I decided to upgrade my turntable just to hear what it was truly capable of. It just never made it back to use, partially because they stopped production and I didn't want to wear out the stylus as it was no longer available. Then, moving coils became my choice of cartridge (another AT.) It's still going strong and more than likely when it wears out I'll either re-tip it or purchase another MC. Not that the AT150ANV is lacking in any way, but I see it more a a precious collectable than a utilitarian phono cartridge to use when I play records, which is not that often as the AT Moving Coil I'm using is still going strong. Time to let someone enjoy what I've been saving for a time which may or may not come.
Specifications are as follows:
30 dB (1kHz)
Vertical Tracking Force
1.2 - 1.8 grams (1.5 grams standard)
Recommended Load Impedance
4 (mV at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec)
0.8 dB (1 kHz
j0.4 mm sapphire pipe
(From the LP Gear description:)
The 50th Anniversary limited-edition AT150ANV moving-magnet phono
cartridge combines traditional design elements and craftmanship with the
latest technological refinements to deliver richly detailed and
superbly accurate vinyl playback. The AT150ANV utilizes a Micro Linear
stylus tip mounted on φ0.4mm sapphire cantilever pipe. Its pure titanium
housing and Neo-fade damping material® are designed to absorb unwanted
parasitic resonances for rock-solid clarity and and unshakable
resolution. The musical result is sure to please the most discriminating
audiophiles and music lovers.
● Paratoroidal generation system and a high-performance dual magnet type system VM.
- Audio-Technica's moving magnet cartridge design idelivers
"practically identical to the cutter head" performance.Audio-Technica's
patented Vector-Aligned Dual Magnet design positions two tiny
magnets 90 degrees apart. These magnets are positioned directly in line
two groove walls and each magnet incorporates a separate, independent
structure. This low magnet mass and geometry allow exact translation of
groove motion into matching electrical signals, ensuring excellent
separation, extended frequency response, and superior tracking. The
power generation system adopted in the body features an extremely small
magnetic loss para toroidal core without seam, resulting in higher power
generation efficiency. In addition, the improved high frequency
response is achieved via two laminated cores. A separate shield plate
in the center of the left and right power generation systems reduces
● Cantilever pipe φ0.4mm sapphire.
- With the sapphire cantilever, there is no high-frequency resonance of
the cantilever. Excellent frequency response is maintained across the
● Pure titanium housing.
- High precision machined pure titanium housing provides a strong
foundation material for the internal generation system and assists in
● Neo-fade damping material® mounted internally.
By incorporating the Neo-fade damping material® mounted internally, unwanted parasitic resonance are adbsorbed efficiently.
● High-performance Micro Linear stylus.
- Latest and most advanced design closely resembles the cutter stylus
than any previous design. This shape produces better high frequency
response with less wear or distortion than with earlier configurations.
The contact tip does not change shape up to the brink of obliteration.
● PCOCC wire is used for the coil.
- A technologically advanced pure copper material is used in
Audio-Technica's exclusive Paratoroidal Signal Generator. Together with the
laminated core structure, which minimizes loss in the high frequency region,
this integrated paratoriodal signal generator achieves an efficiency greater
than conventional cartridges. The use of PCOCC wire (Pure Copper by Ohno
Continuous Casting) perfects the performance of the advanced paratoroidal coil
design. A special high-temperature extrusion die produces copper with virtually
no transverse crystal barriers to impede signal transmission or color sound.
The coils of the
Audio-Technica AT150ANV thus transmit distortion-free sound up to its output
posts. The most subtle details are reproduced with natural purity.
● Magnetic mold reduces unnecessary movement.
- The Magnetic mold, a hard synthetic resin material blended with
potassium titanate for high strength and high rigidity, secures the
magnet. This reduces unecessary movement and results in solid sound