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Audio Technica - AT-OC9XSL Dual MC Phono Cartridge

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Audio Technica - AT-OC9XSL Dual MC Phono Cartridge

Audio Technica - AT-OC9XSL Dual MC Phono Cartridge


The Flagship of Audio-Technica's OC9X Dual Moving-Coil Phono Cartridge Series: Pure-Sounding AT-OC9XSL Tracks LP Grooves with Surgical Accuracy, Features Nude Special Line-Contact Stylus

The flagship moving-coil phono cartridge in Audio-Technica's OC9X Series, AT-OC9XSL, works on every front to deliver scintillating analog playback. Just consider: Its independent coils – made from the Pure Copper by Ohno Continuous Casting process (PCOCC) – in both the left and right channels afford remarkable channel separation. What's more, the reverse V-shaped formation of the coils alignment ensures they exert less pressure on the stylus, minimizing distortion. Meanwhile, AT-OC9XSL's aluminum body reduces unwanted vibration, leading to purer tonality and naturalism. Tracking, too, remains a speciality, with AT-OC9XSL digging deep into LP grooves and extracting oodles of information all the while retaining a surgical accuracy.

Equipped with a nude special line-contact stylus on a boron cantilever, AT-OC9XSL also employs a neodymium magnet and premium permendur yoke with high-saturation flux density and outstanding magnetic properties to enhance the concentrated magnetic field of the coil gap. You'll get on a first-name basis with alluring transient responsiveness, full-range dynamics, and smooth-as-white-chocolate richness. Plus, AT-OC9XSH exists as proof that outstanding analog doesn't need to be difficult. Its pre-threaded body means the cartridge can be mounted onto the headshell or tonearm with just two screws. A non-magnetic screwdriver, two washers, installation screws, plastic protector, and brush are also included in this stellar analog package.

Measured with a frequency response range of 20-50kHz and able to sync with virtually any MC phono preamplifier, AT-OC9XSL makes analog playback a repeatedly transcendent experience.

"[The] AT-OC9XSL warrants an extremely high recommendation. It is a true breakthrough in sonic and musical communication at an affordable price. It does it all."
—Paul Szabady, Stereo Times

"Prepare a checklist for all the technical features that you want a phono cartridge to possess, and the AT-OC9XSL checks them all off, running the gamut with impressive technical and mechanical specifications.... Calling it ultra-resolution and ultra-detailed would not be hyperbolic. The cartridge sounds incredibly fast, with extremely accurate tracking of the complete transient envelope of each note: Attack, sustain, and decay are exemplary."
—Paul Szabady, Stereo Times

Type: Dual Moving Coil
Body Material: Aluminum
Frequency Response: 20-50,000 Hz
Channel Separation: 28 dB (1 kHz)
Vertical Tracking Angle: 20°
Vertical Tracking Force: 1.8-2.2 g (2.0 g standard)
Recommended Load Impedance: Min. 100 ohms (when head amplifier is connected)
Coil Impedance: 12 ohms (1 kHz)
DC Resistance: 12 ohms
Coil Inductance: 25 mH (1 kHz)
Output: 0.4 mV (at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec)
Channel Balance: 0.5 dB (1 kHz)
Stylus Shape: Special Line Contact
Stylus Type: Nude rectangular shank
Stylus Curvature Radius: 1.5 x 0.28 mil
Cantilever: 0.28 mm diameter nude boron
Static Compliance: 22 x 10-6 cm/dyne
Dynamic Compliance: 18 x 10-6 cm/dyne (100 Hz)
Wire Used for Coil: PCOCC
Terminal Pins: Brass
Mount: Half-inch
Weight: 7.6 g (0.3 oz)
Dimensions: 0.68" x 0.66" x 1.01"
Accessories Included: Non-magnetic screwdriver; 2 washers; cartridge installation screws (5 mm × 2, 8 mm × 2, 10 mm x 2, 12 mm x 2); plastic protector; brush
Mounting Feature: Threaded body