Non-Magnetic Core MC with Direct Power System

Proprietary direct power system with generator coils just above the stylus tip

This cartridge adopts a direct power system developed to deliver an unparalleled listening environment for analog audio. Unlike the conventional system, which places the generator coils at the base of the cantilever, the direct power system suppresses the effects on audio quality caused by the cantilever’s length and material type. This enables the cartridge to vividly render even the most subtle sonic details for unsurpassed high-fidelity playback.


Enhanced generating efficiency and improved bass reproduction with newly developed rectangular coils

Compared with the round coils used in the AT-ART1000, the newly developed rectangular coils position a larger surface area of the coil into the magnetic field, increasing the Magnetic Flux.

When the record groove drives large movements of the Diamond tip, it results in an improved output voltage, but crucially lessens the “compression” effect on the low frequencies. The cartridge expertly handles strong modulations and reproduces them in a truly accurate manner due to the fact more surface area of the rectangular coil remains in the magnetic field compared to when using round coils. This allows for a larger change in magnetic flux for a given movement in the record groove, resulting in an improved output voltage. The audible frequency range of the bass is also expanded with huge realism and intensity, connecting you closer to the original audio recording.


Rich three-dimensional spatial expression provided by non-magnetic core coils

Non-magnetic materials are used for the coil cores. This structure helps provide instant transfer response for improved transients, and natural sound quality with exceptional low distortion—aspects at which non-magnetic core cartridges excel—for three-dimensional spatial expression.


PCOCC for the coil wire

Each non-magnetic core coil is constructed of 20 μm (0.79 mil) diameter PCOCC (Pure Copper by Ohno Continuous Casting) wire wound eight turns to create a 1.1 mm × 0.6 mm (0.043″ × 0.024″) rectangle. The coils are contained in ultra-thin 25 μm (0.98 mil) special film and placed in the tiny 0.5 mm (0.020″) gap of a powerful magnetic circuit, enabling each coil to generate an output voltage of 0.22 mV with a coil impedance of 3.5 Ω despite having a non-magnetic core.


Special line contact stylus tip and solid boron cantilever

The cartridge employs the special line contact stylus tip and solid boron cantilever used only in Audio-Technica’s finest cartridge models. These high-performance design elements increase the amount of information picked up from the record groove.


Threaded mounting holes for easy mounting to integrated tonearms

Unlike the AT-ART1000, the cartridge is provided with threaded body mounting holes. This makes mounting the cartridge to an integrated-type tonearm, on which the cartridge is directly mounted to the tip of the arm, incredibly easy. The cartridge can be directly fixed using only the included screws, making mounting to the tonearm easier and more secure for the end user.


Hybrid titanium, aluminum, and high-rigidity plastic body for dispersed resonance

The base that supports both the specialized magnetic circuit and the vibration system is made of machined titanium. Although titanium is hard and has excellent acoustic resonance, it requires a lot of effort and cost to machine, so this material is used only in Audio-Technica’s highest-end cartridge models. The housing is made of aluminum, and the cover is made of high-rigidity polymer. This combination of different materials disperses parasitic resonance that negatively affects sound quality. A new coating is also used to improve the corrosion resistance of the magnetic circuit, helping to maintain stable life-long performance.


Handmade in Japan

This flagship model is the result of more than 60 years’ worth of analog audio expertise. The ART1000X is handmade in Japan by highly skilled experts; every model is made with precision and devotion to analog audio. It is a delicate process requiring specialist tools, dedication, and patience, as every component is placed by hand before being thoroughly inspected and tested through both extensive electrical and analog procedures and audio playback.



Natural Wooden Case

A bespoke wooden case represents the natural beauty of Japan and is an extension of the ART1000X experience, as the wooden rings reflect the delicate grooves of a record. Every cartridge is delivered with a clear acrylic plate featuring a laser-engraved serial number to signify the dedication behind each model and the rarity of the product.







Direct power system, non-magnetic core coil (MC) type

Frequency response

15 to 30,000 Hz

Output voltage

0.22mV (1 kHz, 5cm/sec.)

Channel separation

30 dB (1 kHz)

Output balance

0.5 dB (1 kHz)  

Tracking force

Refer to “Tracking force information” included in the box.

Coil impedance

3.5 ohms (1 kHz)

DC resistance

3.5 ohms

Recommended load impedance

≥ 30 ohms (when head amplifier connected)

Coil inductance

≤ 1 μH (1 kHz)

Static compliance

20 x 10-6 cm/dyne

Dynamic compliance

9 x 10-6 cm/dyne (100 Hz)


Special line contact stylus

Stylus curvature radius

1.5 x 0.28 mil


0.26mm (0.010”) diameter solid boron

Vertical tracking angle



17.3mm (0.68”) x 17.0mm (0.67”) x 25.5mm (1.0”) (H x W x D)

Threaded hole

M2.6 x 2


11 g (0.39 oz)


  • Case (Wooden box)
  • Non-magnetic screwdriver
  • Washer x 2
  • Protector
  • Cartridges installation screws (M2.6) (5.0mm x 2, 8.0mm x 2, 10.0mm x 2, 12.0mm x 2)
  • Brush

For product improvement, the product is subject to modification without notice.     



Trusted by industry professionals

Whether it’s on the boardroom table, the stage or in the studio, Audio-Technica products are trusted time and again by industry professionals looking for reliable, lovingly developed audio products for all budgets.

It’s Audio-Technica’s commitment to innovation, customer service and meticulous design that ensure professionals turn to us to provide solutions in conferencing, houses of worship, broadcasting, live sound, recording studios and beyond.

60 Years of Devotion to music

For over 60 years Audio-Technica has worked alongside leading figures in sports and music broadcast to develop and hone a range of products that deliver on the highest level.

Audio-Technica have developed and delivered products to power the Grammys, World Cup, Super Bowl, Commonwealth Games as well as every Summer and Winter  Games from Atlanta 1996 to Sochi 2014.


A Legacy in Innovation

Founded in 1962 by Hideo Matsushita, Audio-Technica positioned itself immediately as a leader in the manufacture and design of innovative audio products.

Its expertise in innovation quickly spread to various new fields and led to the development of tone arms, microphones and headphones. Audio-Technica soon became a benchmark in those fields. Making history.

A self-made man and audiophile,  Hidéo Matsushita was the former Director of the Tokyo Museum of Modern Art. It all started in his workshop, with the hand crafting of stereo cartridges. 50 years later, Audio-Technica has become a global leader in audio innovation.

A Passion for Listening

Humility, passion, creativity and expertise in sound are the core values behind Audio-Technica’s legacy, greatly inspired by its founder - whose imprint on the company’s philosophy is still felt today.

Audio-Technica’s passion for listening evolved in the 70’s, when it started designing headphones, building upon a legacy in innovation, meticulous engineering and artistic design.

Today, Audio-Technica’s audio products have become globally synonymous with consistently high sonic performance paired with impeccable build construction and artistic design.


One Year Limited Warranty

All Audio-Technica products come with a one year warranty as standard meaning you can enjoy your product safe in the knowledge that you’re covered.

All Audio-Technica products purchased from Audio-Technica Europe are guaranteed for one year from the date of purchase to be free of defects in materials and workmanship. In the event of such defect, the product will be repaired or replaced without charge*.

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