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    Default Replacement stylus for Audio-Technica AT14Sa

    Hello,

    It is time to replace the Shibata stylus on my Audio-Technica AT14Sa. Its runtime must be near 1000 hours. I have found three replacements online; none of them seem to be original or new old stock. I wonder what you all think of them.

    TurntableNeedles.com has one that is for a matching Akai stylus and claims:
    Meets the same top of the line shibata specs as the Audio Technica ATN14.
    Does this sound right? http://www.turntableneedles.com/AT14...DQX_p_924.html

    JICO has one here: http://stylus.export-japan.com/produ...roducts_id=105
    No AT logo or much description. Do they make these themselves? JICO seems to be well regarded maker of styli.

    The cheapest at $89.95 is from LP Gear. However the description doesn't mention Shibata. It says,
    The LP Gear replacement for the Audio-Technica ATN-14 ATN14 needle stylus features a super polished ViVid Line diamond mounted on a thin-wall aluminum alloy cantilever for superior tracing accuracy and fidelity.
    What's a ViVid Line diamond? http://www.lpgear.com/product/ATN14.html

    Can anyone here offer any insights into these replacements? I am OK with the higher prices if it makes a difference. Are there other suppliers I should look at?

    Thanks,

    Jim
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    I purchased a Jico replacement shibata for my AT20sla and I was happy with it's sound. Needed some time to break in but when it did it was almost indistinguishable from the original AT. One difference though, the Jico was not a nude diamond. Shibata shape but not nude.
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    Thanks for the heads up about the Jico, Fongolio. I am starting to lean towards the Akai version.

    Jim

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    Just to finish off this thread, I finally settled on the Akai equivalent (ATN14) stylus. I have had it installed for a week now and it has turned out to be an excellent choice. Very clean sounding, a bit brighter than the ATN14 it replaced. Much less noise also. Perhaps it rides higher or lower in the groove than its predecessors.

    Jim
    5.1 System:
    Sharp Aquos 37" LCD
    Front: SDA-CRS+
    Center: CS400i
    Surround: Monitor 7A
    PSW10 subwoofer
    Onkyo PR-SC886P Pre/Pro
    NAD T955 5 channel power amplifier
    Technics SL-1710 MK2 turntable
    Audio-Technica AT14Sa cartridge
    NAD 106 pre-amp
    Panasonic DMP-BD85 Blu-Ray
    MacBook Pro 2.16 GHz

    2.0 Office System:
    Monitor 10A (Peerless)
    Outlaw 1050 receiver
    Parasound HCA-1000A power amp
    MacPro

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