If you’re in the market for a high-end cartridge, Audio-Technica’s AT-ART1000 at £4,100 could be for you. The hand-crafted design places the moving coil directly on top of the stylus tip, meaning that signal transmission from the stylus diamond to the moving coil are direct rather than transmitted along the length of the solid boron cantilever. Eight turns of 20um-diameter PCOCC wire create coils of 0.9mm diameter. It achieves a claimed output of 0.2mV by placing the coil in the minuscule 0.6mm gap of a powerful magnetic circuit, while the structure that supports the magnetic circuit and suspension system is designed to minimise vibrations. To hear this unique cartridge at selected retailers click here.