Audio-Technica Studio Reference Series 3003 phono cartridge

SKU: ATC3003

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AUDIO-TECHNICA STUDIO REFERENCE SERIES 3003 PHONO CARTRIDGE

The 3003 phono cartridge is a model within the highly acclaimed Studio Reference Series representing one of Audio-Technica's finest P-mount T4P and Standard half-inch mountable phono cartridges. The Studio Reference Series are best known for their excellent musicality, outstanding value, high technology and reasonable price.

The Audio-Technica Studio Reference Series 3003 phono cartridge uses a highly polished special elliptical stylus to very accurately extract record groove information with a minimum of wear. Audio-Technica uses a thin-wall alloy tube cantilever (the hollow rod that extends from the cartridge to the diamond tip), for low mass, low resonance and high sensitivity. The Audio-Technica 3003 phono cartridge reproduces a wide, extended frequency response with low distortion. It offers excellent tracking at 1 - 1.5 grams, saving your LPs from undue wear. It fits P-mount or standard half-inch tonearms with the supplied adaptor.

The Studio Reference 3003 cartridge comes complete with installation instructions and mounting hardware for P-mount and half-inch standard tonearms. Originally packaged in a Red carton enclosed plastic case, this latest version was modernized with clamshell sealed packaging for long shelf life and excellent product protection. For excellent musicality, long playing life, and for minimum record wear, choose the Audio-Technica Studio Reference 3003 phono cartridge.
Note: The photo of the specification sheet is provided for reference only and is not included in the latest packaging.

Audio-Technica 3003 Phono Cartridge Specifications
- Output voltage @ 1kHz, 5cm/sec: 5mV
- Channel balance: 1.25dB
- Channel separation @ 1kHz/10kHz: 29/18dB
- Frequency response: 15Hz-27kHz
- Vertical tracking force: 1 - 1.5 g
- Stylus type: .03 x .07 mil bi-radial
- Cantilever construction: Thin-wall tube
- Recommended load resistance: 47k ohms
- Mounting: P-mount with detachable and separate 1/2 inch mount adapter
- Accessories included: Screws and nuts, screwdriver, half-inch mount adapter


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Excellent sound and excellent price partnered with my old AT4030LC.

My Pioneer PL-7 and Audio-Technica AT4030LC from the early 80's needed a new stylus. I initially replaced the entire cartridge but didn't enjoy the sound as much as the original with the now very expensive ATN12S stylus. After referring to various reference materials I decided to replace the original stylus with the LP Gear ATN12XE. LP Gear shipped almost immediately and I received the stylus in a few days. It took all of 30 seconds to replace the stylus, and maybe another minute to check the tracking force and anti-skate. Results: a wonderful stylus! There is a slight loss of the very top of the high end (the original shibata stylus is rated up to 45 Khz) but the new stylus is punchy with clear highs. Tracking at 1.25g the cart tracks quietly and fully. Looks like the old cart will stay in business for at least another year or so. Why replace the entire moving magnet cartridge when you only need a new stylus?

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