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Old 24th March 2006, 02:55 PM   #1
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Default Audio-Technica AT444

I have an Audio-Technica cart labeled AT 444 and can't seem to find any info on it. Must have been discontinued for some time, it's not on the discontinued page at Audio-Technica.

It's currently mounted on my P2 and the only cart I have so theres nothing to compare it to. I don't want to spend $150 (all I can afford now) on a new cart to find out it dosen't sound any better than what I have. How big of a differance can a cart make?

Does anyone know anything about this cartridge?
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Old 26th March 2006, 03:19 AM   #2
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Are you sure it's not an AT-440? Is it purple?
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Old 26th March 2006, 05:23 PM   #3
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It has a white body with a green stylus and says AT444 on the top.

It's odd nobody knows about it. It came off a Dual 1237 if that helps at all. I also have a spare stylus for it labeled ATN88E.

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Old 27th March 2006, 02:04 AM   #4
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Sorry, I can't help you there. I just checked the Vinyl engine site and they had no info on that cart under either Audio Tecnica or Dual.

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Old 27th March 2006, 09:32 AM   #5
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Hi,

replacement styli run from $27 to $34.

Probably ~ equivalent to the current AT95E or AT71E.

Certainly you can fit a much better cartridge to a Planar 2.

The Denon DL110 or audio technica AT440ML are good choices.

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Old 27th March 2006, 01:42 PM   #6
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Default Re: Audio-Technica AT444

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How big of a differance can a cart make?

Does anyone know anything about this cartridge?
The cartridge can make a huge difference - usually, the more you pay, the better they sound! They usually have much better styli, which besides sounding better, last longer, and wear your records less. Ortofon, Denon, Shure and Stanton (amongst others), all make excellent hi-fi cartridges

Sorry, I've had a look at all my old copies of 'Stereo Buyers Guide', and they don't show that cartridge in the list of cartridges available in the late 1970s to the mid 1980s. I'd replace it if I was you. While the current reviews of cartridges are fairly superficial (i.e highly subjective, with few objective measurements!), they may give you some idea.
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