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    How a Phonograph Cartridge Works

    READING THE WRITTEN SOUND A phonograph cartridge is a micro-manufactured electro-mechanical device that tells your entire audio system what’s happening along the half-mile groove that’s cut into the typical analogue disc. The quality of the information provided by the cartridge is a critical determinant of how faithfully any audio system will reproduce the recorded sound. CANTILEVERS & CARTRIDGE OPERATION The cantilever (1) is a tube, or bar, with a diamond stylus tip (2) attached at one end, and a magnet (3) at the other (in the case of moving magnet cartridges). The cantilever must vibrate …

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