Audio Technica's AT33 EV is a step-up to the famous AT33 ANV, released as a limited edition in 2006 to celebrate Audio Technica's 45th anniversary. At the time, this cartridge was the very first MC cartridge in the series to feature a duralumin cantilever (aluminium and copper alloy). While retaining the technology developed on the Anniversary model, this AT-33EV has undergone many changes and improvements.
It features its solid aluminium body with internal damping with extra synthetic Hanenite resin. As with the manufacturer's entire range of MC cartridges, the coils have been doubled to reduce crosstalk and, hence, channel separation. They use a high purity PCOCC copper conductor. It is wound to reduce internal impedance to 10 ohms only! It features a square elliptical stylus mounted integrally onto a Duralium cantilever. It is tapered to optimise hardness and rigidity and thus improve information transmission
The suspension was doubled and optimised to produce a better and very linear frequency response and better stability in the low frequencies. The low impedance of 10 ohms, combined with the output level of 0.3 mV make this AT33 EV compatible with most MC preamplifiers. We recommend a fifty-hour break-in period to get the full measure of the cartridge's capabilities (like with most MC models).
From the opening bars, it is clear that this Audio Technica seems to favour neutrality and softness. It is not dark or dull in any way! Quite the opposite! It remains well articulated and vibrant on all registers. The surface noise level is very low despite the use of a stylus with a relatively basic profile. Leaving the mids (magical) and the treble (fabulous) aside, the main asset of this AT33 Ev is the bass! It delivers amazingly agile, tight and well articulated low frequencies. The double bass, cello and synth sections are distilled with extraordinary authenticity for a cartridge in this range. The sonic performance and musicality make it compatible with any musical style.
If your turntable and your phono preamplifier are compatible, Audio Technica's AT33 EV cartridge could be your gateway into the moving coil world! It could well be your first and last MC cartridge! Its value for money and playback quality are just amazing. Franck
Type: Low output MC
Body: Aluminium/synthetic resin
Frequency response: 15 hz-20 kHz
Channel separation: 30 dB
Channel balance: 0.5 dB
Output voltage: 0.30 mV
Tracking force: 1.8/2.2g
Recommended tracking force: 2.0g
Tip shape: MicroLinear
Assembly: Integral, square section
Compliance: 10 x 10-6cm/dyne
Coils: PCOCC conductor
Load impedance: 100 ohms
Internal impedance: 10 ohms
Coil inductance: 22 µH
Cartridge weight: 6.9 g
Mount: ½ inch screw
Height: 16 mm