Audio Technica CN5625AL Conical Moving Magnet Cartridge
The half-inch mount CN5625AL cartridge is an outstanding entry-level cartridge. The Audio-Technica CN5625AL – Phonograph Cartridge is designed for home listening of vinyl on a turntable or record player. The cartridge features a 0.7 mil conical shape, an alloy tube cantilever, and a 1/2″ mount. It produces a frequency response of 20 to 20,000 Hz with a vertical tracking force of 1.5 to 3 grams, and an output voltage of 4.2 mV (at 1 kHz, 5 cm/second).
Includes screw kit for mounting.
Audio Technica, a quality brand name has made this available as solid entry level replacement. It will get that old turntable up n running quickly. The same cartridge has been sold with and as original equipment across dozens of brands for decades now. Rest assured if a search has brought you here, this is thee most reliable entry level solution for 1/2″ mount turntables regardless of the brand. This cartridge is made in Japan, most “beginner” cartridges are now made in China. The corrosponding needle that it comes with is our stock #211-d6T (see below) one of our top 3 products.
Moving Magnet Cartridge
Because this cartridge is mounted on the headshell with two vertically mounted screws, side by side, 1/2″ apart, it is known as a 1/2″ mount cartridge. Other mounting characteristics are that it has 4 exposed wires in the back and is almost never found on a linear tracking turntable.
The headshell is the hardware attached to the end of the tonearm that is usually distinguished by the ‘handle’ that sticks out to the right for lifting the tonearm over to the record from the rest position. If your turntable is linear tracking it means the whole tonearm slides several inches from side to side as opposed to the standard type usually designated ‘straight’ or ‘S shaped’ which pivots on a stationary ‘hub’ assembly at the right rear corner of the turntable. A linear tracking turntable will generally have buttons you must operate to move the tonearm and will almost always be found with a (T4P) Pmount cartridge. (Go back up one category and click on Pmount).
Often people think they must have a brand of cartridge that matches their turntable brand. This is totally unecessary and often impossible to achieve these days. In fact, the vast majority of turntable manufacturers, had a third party cartridge manufacturer make the cartridgeon their behalf. Also, cartridge wiring connections usually go straight to your amplifier, receiver or computer thus allowing the turntable to make no directelectrical changes to the cartridge output signal.