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Audio Technica AT33SA Moving Coil Cartridge.


Product Description



The AT33Sa is the first Audio-Technica MC cartridge model to feature a Shibata stylus. In addition to its superior high-range performance as a line-contact stylus, the Shibata stylus produces mid and bass sound that is strong and rich. The Shibata stylus is mounted on a boron cantilever with a double damper to greatly improve sound quality.

Advanced tapered boron cantilever and reduced weight
The AT33Sa uses a tapered boron cantilever. Tapering the cantilever and revising the number of coil rotations reduce the weight, giving the cartridge better high range performance and wide range reproduction.
Neodymium magnet with dramatically enhanced magnetic energy and permendur yoke
The model uses a neodymium magnet with maximum energy product BHmax of 50 [kJ/m3] and a permendur yoke with high saturation flux density and outstanding magnetic properties, which further enhances the concentrated magnetic field of the coil gap.
Neodymium magnet for dramatically increased magnetic energy
The neodymium magnet provides maximum energy (BHmax of 50[kJ/m3]), while the pure iron yoke provides excellent magnetic properties. Together, they further boast the magnetic field concentrated in the coil gap area.
PCOCC coil
The PCOCC coil enables purer transmission because it is not subject to grain boundaries in the direction of transmission. *PCOCC = Pure Copper by Ohno Continuous Casting process (Monocrystalline high-purity oxygen- free copper)
High-separation, wide response dual moving coil
The basic structure is an original MC type, with separate cylindrical coils to the left and right channels. Since power is generated independently in each of the left and right channels, this structure offers truly superior separation. If the signal from the opposite channel escapes, this can cause intermodulation distortion and have a decisive impact on audio quality and how the stereo sound spreads. The structure of this product ensures a clear and smooth sound. Additionally, the two coils have a reverse-V shape which reduces effective moving mass as seen from the stylus tip, limiting unnecessary movement of the coil and further eliminating distortion.
VC mould limits unnecessary vibration
The VC mould that affixes the coils is made with hard synthetic resin containing potassium titanate to make it highly strong and rigid. This improvement results in a lighter product, which reduces unnecessary vibration.

A tough body designed to be rigid
The product’s housing is made of precision-cast hard aluminium alloy. Hard synthetic resin sandwiching in the structure on the top and bottom suppresses parasitic resonance. This minimises unnecessary noise while enhancing rigidity and the signal-to-ratio.



With its superior high-range performance as a line-contact stylus, the Shibata stylus produces mid and bass sound that is strong and rich.


Neodymium magnet with dramatically enhanced magnetic energy and permendur yoke with high saturation flux density and outstanding magnetic properties.


The PCOCC coil enables purer transmission because it is not subject to grain boundaries in the direction of transmission.

Type Dual Moving Coil
Mounting 1/2” centers
Frequency Response 15 - 50,000Hz
Body Material Aluminium/Synthetic Resin
Channel Separation 30dB (1kHz)
Output Channel Balance 0.5dB (1kHz)
Output Voltage 0.4mV (1kHz and 5cm/sec.)
Vertical Tracking Angle 23°
Vertical Tracking Force Range 1.8 - 2.2g (2.0g standard)
Stylus Shape Shibata
Stylus Curvature Radius Shibata
Stylus Construction Nude square shank
Cantilever Nude tapered boron
Coil Impedance 10Ω (1kHz)
Coil Inductance 22 µm (1kHz)
DC Resistance 10Ω
Static Compliance 40×10-6cm/dyne
Dynamic Compliance 10×10-6cm/dyne (100Hz)
Recommended Load Impedance Min 100Ω
Weight 6.9g
Dimensions H16×W16.6×D26.5mm
Replacement Stylus  
Accessories Included 1 non magnetic screw driver; 1 brush; 2 washers; 2 Nuts; 2 x 19 mm mounting screws; 1 plastic protector; 1 set of PCOCC Lead Wires (AT6101)

Warranty Information


Terms of Warranty
All Audio-Technica products purchased from Audio-Technica Europe are guaranteed for TWO years from the date of purchase by the original end-user to be free of defects in materials and workmanship. In the event of such defect, the product will be repaired or replaced without charge. This is provided that a valid purchase receipt is submitted with the product and the fault is one of legitimate electrical or mechanical failure.

Product failure occurring as the result of factors that do not constitute genuine manufacturing defect are not covered under the terms of the warranty and any repairs of this nature would be chargeable. The Audio-Technica warranty excludes defects due to normal wear, abuse, shipping damage, or failure to use the product in accordance with the instructions. This warranty is void in the event of unauthorised repair or modification, or removal or defacing of the product label and/ or serial number. Audio-Technica's two-year warranty is not transferrable and is redeemable only by the original end-user purchaser.

Who to contact for warranty support
As your first action, you should always contact and return products to your local Audio-Technica authorised dealer or distributor where the product was purchased, who will exercise the warranty terms. Contact details for all distributors within Europe, Africa and the Middle East can be found on our website. Distribution into countries not managed by Audio-Technica Europe can be found on our international website.

Your second point of contact will be Audio-Technica Europe directly, who will attempt to find you assistance locally, or provide authority to return your products to the Audio-Technica European office. In this case, prior authority must be sought from Audio-Technica Ltd. You should always contact your local Audio-Technica authorised distributor or dealer where the product was purchased before trying to obtain a return authorisation number from Audio-Technica Europe.

When the authorised distributor/dealer warranty terms are different to Audio-Technica's
Shall the warranty period from the distributor/dealer exceed the Audio-Technica warranty period it will remain the responsibility of the distributor/dealer.
Shall the standard warranty terms of the distributor/dealer expire before those of Audio-Technica, the Audio-Technica terms will apply and the balance of the warranty period will be the responsibility of Audio-Technica Europe.

Products purchased outside of Europe, Africa or the Middle East
For product purchased outside of the countries managed by Audio-Technica Europe such as North America, Japan and Asia will not be covered by Audio-Technica Europe’s 2 year warranty. In the first instance, customers should contact the dealer or local distributor within the country the product was purchased. In the case that it is not possible to return the product to the country or dealer where it was purchased and customers wish to return the product to an Audio-Technica service centre in Europe, any repair or replacement undertaken by Audio-Technica Europe are not covered under the terms of the warranty and any repairs of this nature would be chargeable.

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Audio-Technica Engineered Sound® wired microphones, Engineered Sound® wireless microphone systems and wireless microphone system components, Audio-Technica ATUC-50 products, Audio-Technica Dante™ products and “ES” designated accessories purchased from Audio-Technica Europe are automatically extended to a total of five (5) years warranty from the date of purchase from the original end-user.

The terms and conditions, in this instance, remain exactly the same as the listed two-year warranty, but with all warranty terms extended from TWO (2) years to FIVE (5) years.


The Audio-Technica Europe Lifetime Warranty is applicable to 50 Series, 40 Series, Artist Series and Artist Elite wired microphones only. This warranty does not affect your statutory rights and is free of charge. In return, please note the following terms and conditions:

The lifetime warranty is available only to the original end-user who completes and submits to Audio-Technica Ltd the guarantee registration form online at within 30 days of purchase. The lifetime warranty applies only to the 50 Series and 40 Series range of Studio microphones and the Artist Elite and Artist Series ranges of Live Sound wired microphones (excluding headworn) and only to the serviceable life of the product, which Audio-Technica deems to be 15 years.
The lifetime warranty only applies to new product and is not applicable to products purchased ex display or products purchased before 1st November 2007 (40 Series) or before 1st May 2009 (Artist Elite and Artist Series). You will be required to submit proof of purchase when making a claim under the terms of the warranty.
The lifetime warranty applies to material and manufacturing defects only for the serviceable life of the product*.
The lifetime warranty does not cover faults caused by factors outside the manufacturer's control, including:
• Failure to follow Audio-Technica’s use and maintenance instructions
• Deterioration of any part due to normal wear and tear
• Damage caused during shipping
• Inappropriate use and/or cleaning
• Accidental and/or wilful damage
• Modification, alteration, or transformation of the unit
The lifetime warranty only applies to product supplied by Audio-Technica Ltd and purchased from professional authorised resellers within EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa)**.
The lifetime warranty applies to the product only.
You shall notify Audio-Technica within 14 days upon discovery of a defect.
If the product is found to be defective within the definition detailed above, Audio-Technica shall, at its discretion, either refund (up to but not in excess of) the original purchase price, or repair the product, or provide new goods and parts to you in replacement. This shall be Audio-Technica’s sole obligation under this guarantee, which excludes any claim for consequential loss or damage.
No shipments will be accepted without a return authorisation number (RMA#) printed clearly on the package. Please contact the local Audio-Technica distributor where you purchased the product or Audio-Technica Ltd to obtain the RMA#. Audio-Technica must be able to duplicate the problem with any product that is returned for service that the user has determined is not functioning to factory specifications. Any product that is evaluated by Audio-Technica with ‘no fault found’ may be subject to additional charges.
Upon registering at, you will be issued with a unique customer identification number. Please print this off and retain for your records and use this number when contacting us.
If a claim is made under this guarantee and the defect is not due to faulty materials or manufacture, Audio-Technica reserve the right to charge the customer in respect of any Service Engineer's time or replacement parts supplied.
* Audio-Technica deems the life of the microphone to be 15 years from the date of purchase. Audio-Technica products may not be able to be repaired or replaced to original specification due to replacement parts or equivalent products no longer being available. Under these circumstances Audio-Technica will advise users of optional repair or replacement services. Optional repair or replacement services may be subject to additional charges.


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