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    Can anyone comment about the difference between the LP Gear CF95SE cartridge with carbon fibre cantilever and .0003 x .0007 stylus, the LP Gear AT95SE with “Zualum” cantilever and the same stylus and the Audio Technica AT95SE with aluminium cantilever and the same stylus. All are priced similarly and all seem to be based on the Audio Technica AT95EX.
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    Hi Graham,

    As Far as I was aware the at95ex is a slightly modified version of the at95e, it was modified and supplied with the Audio Technica At-lp5 turntable and sounds very good indeed considering the price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by STD305M View Post
    Hi Graham,

    As Far as I was aware the at95ex is a slightly modified version of the at95e, it was modified and supplied with the Audio Technica At-lp5 turntable and sounds very good indeed considering the price.

    Steve
    The only difference in the published specifications is that the AT95E has a .04 x.07 mil stylus and the AT95EX has a .03 x .07 mil stylus. If there are any internal differences they are not specified.
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    Used to have a shibata on my at95. Sounded great
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrahamS View Post
    The only difference in the published specifications is that the AT95E has a .04 x.07 mil stylus and the AT95EX has a .03 x .07 mil stylus. If there are any internal differences they are not specified.
    That and a 2kHz increase on the top end frequency response.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrahamS View Post
    The only difference in the published specifications is that the AT95E has a .04 x.07 mil stylus and the AT95EX has a .03 x .07 mil stylus. If there are any internal differences they are not specified.
    That changed. Recent AT95E comes with the same 0.3x0.7 stylus.

    I have fitted the LPGear Vivid Line stylus to an AT95E and think the result is simply outstanding. Lifts the AT95 into the big leagues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    Used to have a shibata on my at95. Sounded great
    Yes ,you did , and you sold it



    Still great!!
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    Must admit, I keep gravitating back to Audio Technica cartridges. I am using an AT33 PLGIII at the moment though I will be moving back to an OC9 ml3 when funds allow. I have owned two and three grand cartridges in the past and they didn't make me smile the way the Audio Technica's do. The only thing that came close was a Denon 103. Some of the early Linn cartridges were re-badged Audio Technica's I believe? Just my view guys, don't shoot me for it.
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    Do you mean the PTG/II?
    It is one of my favourites. The AT95SA I have is rather good as well. They just seem to
    Do things well, for a reasonable cost.
    I have got rid of the plastic housing and have it in a wooden body. I mean to fit an aluminium body to it at one point.

    I also have a heavily modified DL103 (boron canti and shibata tip) that ticks all of the right boxes.

    Oh, why do you prefer the OC9?
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    Quote Originally Posted by garrard View Post
    That changed. Recent AT95E comes with the same 0.3x0.7 stylus.
    The AT95E has been discontinued and is no longer listed on the AT website. The AT95EX has replaced it with a .03x.07 stylus.
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