May 9th, High End 2019, Munich: Since its introduction more than 30 years ago, Audio-Technica’s pioneering moving coil OC9 cartridge series has been prized by demanding vinyl listeners and professional critics alike for its musical transparency, expression of sound and precise construction.
Designing and manufacturing handcrafted phono cartridges since 1962, Audio-Technica have now introduced the AT-OC9X, the fourth generation model of this legendary cartridge series. Improving further upon a winning formula, each new model features a Dual Moving Coil structure enabling audio information to be separated to the left and right channels with pinpoint accuracy, resulting in a precise stereo image and wide frequency response.
The AT-OC9X range arrives with a choice of stylus types including Bonded Elliptical (AT-OC9XEB); Nude Elliptical (AT-OC9XEN), Microlinear (AT-OC9XML), Shibata (AT-OC9XSH), and Special Line Contact (AT-OC9XSL).
Pictured: Audio-Technica AT-OC9XSL (left) and Audio-Technica AT-OC9XSH (right)
Yousuke Koizumi, Chief Engineer of Cartridges at Audio-Technica Japan, said: “When the first AT-OC9 series was introduced in 1987 it was an innovative addition to the cartridge market, as we combined a unique engineering process with carefully chosen materials to produce a superior sound experience. Since then, we have continued to develop and strengthen this range of cartridges and, as chief engineer of phono cartridges in Audio-Technica, I believe the new AT-OC9X series represents the culmination of over 50 years of experience in developing cutting edge materials to enhance the vinyl listening experience.”
Utilising an aluminium cantilever for the Elliptical and Nude Elliptical models, the construction of the cartridge range has been further enhanced to feature a boron cantilever for the Microlinear, Shibata, and Special Line Contact models. All materials are carefully selected to keep unwanted vibration to a minimum, reducing resonance and resulting in superior audio reproduction. The right and left channel coils, meanwhile, are produced via the Pure Copper by Ohno Continuous Casting (PCOCC) process for optimum purity of signal.
The transducer engine, which is always the first component developed by Audio-Technica’s design team, is mounted on to a rigid aluminium body, again helping to reduce vibration.
Pictured: Audio-Technica AT-OC9XML (left) and Audio-Technica AT-OC9XEN (top right), Audio-Technica AT-OC9XEB (bottom right)
The Elliptical and Nude Elliptical models contain a neodymium magnet and pure iron yoke, which provide increased magnetic energy.
The Microlinear, Shibata and Special Line Contact models feature a neodymium magnet and a permendur yolk with high saturation flux density and outstanding magnetic properties to further enhance the concentrated magnetic field of the coil gap.
Threaded holes in the AT-OC9X’s body enable it to be mounted to a headshell or integral tonearm with just two screws; no nuts and bolts are necessary.
Each AT-OC9X cartridge is supplied with the following accessories:
- A non-magnetic screwdriver
- A brush
- Two washers
- Four pairs of mounting screws (5mm, 8mm, 10mm and 12mm)
- One plastic protector
Additionally, Audio-Technica has launched a new range of AT-LH headshells to pair with the new AT-OC9X cartridges. Available in three weights – light, mid-weight and higher weight – these rigid anodised aluminium headshells are designed to reduce vibration while suiting the requirements of your tonearm.
Pictured: Audio-Technica AT-LH18H (left) and Audio-Technica AT-LH15H (top right), Audio-Technica AT-LH13H (bottom right)
The headshells are equipped with Oxygen Free Copper (OFC) lead-wires for improved audio transmission utilising a flexible elastomer jacket for ease of cartridge mounting, all models have an adjustable cylinder to enable precise azimuth and overhang settings.
The Audio-Technica AT-OC9X cartridge range and AT-LH headhsell range is available in June 2019.
AT-OC9XEB with Bonded Elliptical stylus: £210/€239
AT-OC9XEN with Nude Elliptical stylus: £300/€339
AT-OC9XML with MicroLine stylus: £480/€549
AT-OC9XSH with Shibata stylus: £570/€649
AT-OC9XSL with Special Line Contact: £660/€749
AT-LH13H headshell: £80/€89
AT-LH15H headshell: £80/€89
AT-LH18H headshell: £80/€89
To see these new products please visit Audio-Technica at High End 2019, Munich: MOC München, Hall 4, Booth #P07
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Audio-Technica AT-LT headshell range