Audio-Technica AT-OC9 phono cartridge Associated Equipment

Sidebar 1: Associated Equipment

This included the Well-Tempered Arm, VPI HW-19 turntable (this time sans the mat I have used in previous tests), Klyne SK-5a preamp, PS Audio 200cx power amp, and B&W 801F Matrix loudspeakers on 11" Sound Anchor stands. (The production version of these stands is about 4" shorter. I'll have more on this subject at a later date.) Interconnects were Monster M-1000, speaker wire Monster M-1 (mono-wired).

The Well-Tempered Arm was chosen for this review because it is known to be well suited to a wide variety of pickups. VTA was adjusted as required—the final setting generally ranged from parallel to the record to just slightly rear-end down. Within this narrow range it was not extremely critical for the AT-OC9.—Thomas J. Norton