AUDIO TECHNICA AT440MLb mm phono cartridge with MicroLine stylus

Our most popular mm phono cartridge



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For years the AT440MLa cartridge has been my top recommendation for upgrading from an entry level cartridge due to the combination of its high quality micro-line stylus, neutral sound quality, excellent tracking ability, and detail retrieval. Now superseded by this AT440MLb.

The AT440MLB dual magnet cartridge features a MicroLine shaped, diamond tip for improved high frequency response with less wear and distortion than conventional linear or elliptical styli.

The MicroLine stylus almost exactly duplicates the shape of the cutting stylus used to produce the original master disc. This enables it to track portions of the groove other styli cannot reach, resulting in extremely accurate tracing of high frequency passages and ruler-flat frequency response within the audible range..

The AT440MLB also features Audio-Technica’s unique Paratoroidal Signal Generator. This unique signal generating system is composed of a unified, laminated coil core wound with a single piece of wire. Internal mechanical and electrical connections are eliminated, minimizing magnetic losses and ensuring better signal transfer..

A gold plated beryllium cantilever improves stability whilst the dual magnet system offers excellent channel separation.


  • Frequency Response: 20-25,000 Hz
  • Channel Separation: 28 dB at 1kHz
  • Channel Balance: 1.0 dB
  • Tracking Force: 1.0-1.8 grams
  • Vertical Tracking Angle: 20°
  • Recommended Load Impedance: 47,000 ohms
  • Output Voltage: 4.0 (mV at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec)
  • Stylus Shape: Microline
  • Stylus Construction: Nude square
  • Coil DC Resistance: 610
  • Mount: Half-inch
  • Weight: 6.5g
  • Replacement Stylus: ATN440Mb


Stereotimes Review by Greg Voth

Final Thoughts

With the Audio Technica 440MLb cartridge, there’s a lot to love. It provides a great perspective into a performance, with it’s ability to track thru grooves with no noticeable distortion and it really digs out detail thanks to it’s micro-line profile. As my brother-in-law Tim noted, the 440MLb brings fun to vinyl listening, translating highly rhythmic passages with an ease that seems incongruous with it’s reasonable price. If there’s bounce and fun in a groove, the 440MLb delivers a great portion of it. Transient attacks were fast and tight. The 440MLb delivers bass response that was quite deep and very well controlled. While it does have a slight upper-mid and treble forwardness and does tend to flatten some vocals against the front plane a bit, the vocals still have a great body and presence about them. For those on a budget, looking for a worthy cartridge upgrade, the Audio Technica 440MLb delivers above average performance at a very reasonable price. Thanks, Audio Technica, for letting me be one of the first to hear this new pre-production cartridge!

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Shipping Height 0.080m
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