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Audio Technica ART 7 or Art 9

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    Posted: 27 Jan 2020 at 8:27am
Hello all,

Does anybody have experience of these cartridges?
The Art 9 seems to be the next logical step from my AT33PTG/II, but the Art 7 looks interesting, except for the 0.12mV output. I think that will be a challenge for most MC phonostages.
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Originally posted by CageyH CageyH wrote:

Hello all,

Does anybody have experience of these cartridges?
The Art 9 seems to be the next logical step from my AT33PTG/II, but the Art 7 looks interesting, except for the 0.12mV output. I think that will be a challenge for most MC phonostages.

Never owned either but I have heard the ART 9. Very nice sounding cartridge overall but not quite the top tracker and tracer that AT MMs are, so I wouldn't buy one personally. That said if you are not constantly playing very demanding records you may like it a lot. Many people do. 

If I were shopping for a new AT MC cart, I would look very closely at the new OC9X series, and specifically the ML model. There was a test by Miller Audio Research of the SH model and it performed very well. The ML should be even better. It's also less expensive than the ART 9. 

I wouldn't get the ART 7 due to the very low output. 
Reflex M + PSU-1 used with AT VM95ML, Stanton 680mkII + Jico Shibata, and Shure M35X cartridges.
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Thanks for the reply. I currently have an AT33PTG/II and I was looking for a step up the performance ladder.
The output of the ART7 is very low, and I think background noise etc. will be a problem.
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I am having second thoughts about buying a new cartridge.
I installed my Technics 310MC which has been repaired by ESCO, and I have to say it sounds really good.
The cantilever was repaired with a new one grafted in, which carries a Paratrace.

I am just wondering if an Art9 would be a sideways step from this.
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Originally posted by CageyH CageyH wrote:

I am having second thoughts about buying a new cartridge.
I installed my Technics 310MC which has been repaired by ESCO, and I have to say it sounds really good.
The cantilever was repaired with a new one grafted in, which carries a Paratrace.

I am just wondering if an Art9 would be a sideways step from this.

I would hold off and use what you have. I have not heard that Technics cartridge but if the cart is sounding good and has a fresh stylus might as well enjoy it. 
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