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Thread: AT95ex vs AT95e

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    Default AT95ex vs AT95e

    I need to replace the stylus in an AT95e cartridge and I have seen another option available called the AT95ex. Can someone let me know the difference between the AT95e and AT95ex.
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    Ok I have found the difference so I will reply to myself.

    The AT95ex has a slightly smaller elliptical diamond profile to the AT95e and slightly better detail retrieval all else being equal.
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    The AT95ex comes in red plastic whereas the AT95e is green and there is a small price difference of about £5.
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    So I have actually got the At95ex strapped to the Gerrard SP25 Mk4 and indeed it does sound very good indeed and cheap as chips. From memory it definitely has a finer top end and I would say better tonal quality.
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    How about an AT95SA Jim?
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    Iíve used both the AT95EX and AT95E, the EX is a definite step up in quality, itís more refined and detailed and it handles inner grooves better, for not much more money the Goldring E3 is a good deal better.


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    I have not heard of the Goldring E3 but you have got me curious so I will Investigate. The AT95ex came to me by accident in an Amazon error which worked to my advantage. I ordered a green AT95e and got a red AT95ex. I was never sure it was an AT95ex until recently but noted how much sweeter it sounded compared to the standard At95e. Some folk think the Denon 103 is the great bargain in audio but I would add the AT95ex to that list.

    Anyone reading this post has any other sub £50 cartridge recommendations I would be pleased to hear as I am about to order another AT95ex and I may well go with something else.

    Anyway thanks for the Goldring E3 recommendation Steve.
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    Goldring E3 is made by Audio Technica and is also based on the V95 generator.
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    Ah...I have an AT95ex sitting here waiting to be fitted to my GL75 . Had it for quite a while now because the turntable is in the loft .
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