How To Replace The Needle On An Audio Technica Turntable

Are you a vinyl enthusiast who has noticed a decline in the quality of your records?

It might be time to replace the needle on your Audio Technica turntable.

Whether you have an AT-LP60 or another model with a permanently attached cartridge, replacing the needle is a simple process that can make a big difference in the sound quality of your records.

In this article, we’ll guide you through the steps to replace your needle and get your turntable sounding like new again.

So grab your favorite record and let’s get started!

How To Replace Needle On Audio Technica Turntable

Step 1: Prepare Your Turntable

Before you begin, it’s important to make sure your turntable is clean and free of dust. Use a dedicated stylus cleaner like the AT607 to clean the needle and make sure your records are clean as well.

Next, make sure the tonearm is at rest and hold it down gently for stability. If your turntable has a permanently attached cartridge, skip to step 3.

Step 2: Remove the Cartridge

If your turntable has a removable cartridge, you’ll need to remove it before replacing the needle.

First, remove the headshell from the tonearm for easy access to the cartridge. Then, gently remove the old needle and carrier from the cartridge.

Step 3: Insert the New Needle

Insert the new needle into the cartridge, making sure it’s properly seated. Some models may require additional steps to replace the cartridge, so consult your user manual if necessary.

If your turntable has a permanently attached cartridge, follow these steps:

– Grab a hold of the stylus body and rock it downwards.

– Continue to rock the stylus body downward and completely remove the stylus body tab from the bottom of the cartridge.

– Before trying to install your new stylus, make note of the tab on the stylus body and the slot on the bottom of the cartridge.

– Holding the sides of the stylus body, insert the tab on the stylus into the slot on the bottom of the cartridge.

– Keeping the tab in the slot, swing the stylus body upwards (the opposite of how you removed it). Be careful not to touch the needle during this process.

– Snap or click the stylus body into place. There should be no gap between the top of the stylus body and the headshell.

Step 4: Test Your Turntable

Once you’ve installed your new needle, test your turntable by playing a record. If everything sounds good, congratulations! You’ve successfully replaced your needle.

If you notice any issues with sound quality or skipping, double-check that your needle is properly seated in the cartridge and consult your user manual for troubleshooting tips.

Gather Your Tools And Supplies

Before you begin replacing the needle on your Audio Technica turntable, gather the necessary tools and supplies. You will need a small Phillips head screwdriver, a set of needle-nose pliers, and a new needle or stylus cartridge.

Make sure to get the correct needle or cartridge for your specific turntable model. If you’re not sure which one to get, consult your turntable’s manual or ask a salesperson at your local record store.

It’s also a good idea to have a dedicated stylus cleaner like the AT607 on hand to clean your new needle before use. This will help ensure optimal sound quality and prevent damage to your records.

Once you have all of your tools and supplies ready, you’re ready to start replacing the needle on your Audio Technica turntable.

Identify The Type Of Cartridge And Needle

Before you can replace the needle on your Audio Technica turntable, it’s important to identify the type of cartridge and needle you have. The AT-LP60X line of turntables has a permanently attached cartridge, while other models may have a removable cartridge.

If your turntable has a removable cartridge, you’ll need to determine the type of cartridge you have before purchasing a replacement needle. Audio Technica offers a variety of cartridges, including moving magnet (MM) and moving coil (MC) cartridges. MM cartridges are more common and less expensive than MC cartridges, but MC cartridges offer higher fidelity sound.

Once you’ve determined the type of cartridge you have, you can purchase a replacement needle that’s compatible with your cartridge. Audio Technica offers a variety of replacement needles for their cartridges, including the ATN95E and ATN3600L. Be sure to choose the correct needle for your specific cartridge to ensure optimal sound quality.

If your turntable has a permanently attached cartridge, you’ll need to purchase a replacement stylus that’s compatible with your specific model. The AT-LP60X line of turntables uses the ATN3600L stylus, while other models may use different styluses. Check your user manual or contact Audio Technica’s Audio Solutions Department for assistance in choosing the correct replacement stylus for your turntable.

Remove The Old Needle

Before you can insert a new needle, you’ll need to remove the old one.

If your turntable has a removable cartridge, gently remove the old needle and carrier from the cartridge. Be sure to handle the needle with care and avoid touching the tip, as this can damage it.

If your turntable has a permanently attached cartridge, follow these steps:

– Grab a hold of the stylus body and rock it downwards.

– Continue to rock the stylus body downward until it comes unhinged from the cartridge.

– Once it comes unhinged, pull the stylus towards you. Note the hook on the end when changing over your new stylus. This hook should slot into the hole under the cartridge to fix the stylus in place.

– Be careful not to touch the stylus when changing to your new one. The view from underneath (Please note the tonearm is not removable. We have removed the tonearm for educational purposes).

– The stylus should snap or click into place on the cartridge. There should be no gap between the top of the stylus body and the headshell.

After removing the old needle, you can proceed with inserting a new one following the steps outlined above.

Install The New Needle

Now that you have your new needle ready, it’s time to install it onto your turntable. The process will vary depending on whether your turntable has a removable or permanently attached cartridge.

For turntables with a removable cartridge, simply insert the new needle into the cartridge and make sure it’s properly seated. Then, reattach the headshell to the tonearm.

For turntables with a permanently attached cartridge, follow these steps:

– Grab a hold of the stylus body and rock it downwards.

– Continue to rock the stylus body downward and completely remove the stylus body tab from the bottom of the cartridge.

– Before trying to install your new stylus, make note of the tab on the stylus body and the slot on the bottom of the cartridge.

– Holding the sides of the stylus body, insert the tab on the stylus into the slot on the bottom of the cartridge.

– Keeping the tab in the slot, swing the stylus body upwards (the opposite of how you removed it). Be careful not to touch the needle during this process.

– Snap or click the stylus body into place. There should be no gap between the top of the stylus body and the headshell.

Once you’ve installed your new needle, test your turntable by playing a record. If everything sounds good, congratulations! You’ve successfully replaced your needle. If you notice any issues with sound quality or skipping, double-check that your needle is properly seated in the cartridge and consult your user manual for troubleshooting tips.