Audio Trends can help you with a high quality replacement stylus. Note, we don't call them needles! That's is what was used to play 78's on the old gramophones. Our range of styli (plural for stylus) suits both old and new cartridges and it would be rare if we couldn't provide you a solution.
The Akai RS82 is a top seller among all styli. It serves as the replacement stylus for many vintage Akai and Audio-Technica cartridges and hundreds of vintage turntables and cartridges from dozens of other manufacturers. In fact, it and similar versions are still being used in the CN5625 line of Audio-Technica cartridges, as well as the Denon DP-29F turntable which we sell. It suits Akai APN-1 Cartridge and a number of different Turntable models.
This stylus features a highly polished 0.6mm spherical diamond for long playing life, excellent tracing of record grooves and superb rendition of voice and music. The stylus is an original Made in Japan by Audio Technica, one of the largest and most popular world brands.
Replaces the following styli/needles:
Audio-Technica: AT3601/AT3650/AT3651/AT91, ATN200, ATN2002, ATN2003, ATN2004, ATN2005
Aiwa - AN-11, CX-550, CXZ-720, LX-10, PXE-75, PXE-77, PXE-80, PXE-800 MK2, PXE-850, PXE-860K, PXE-88, PXE-D9, V550(CD), V770 MXDX, X75, Z58CD, Z87CD, ZD-200CD, ZD-92CD, ZD-95CD, ZR-220, ZR-700; Akai - APN1, APD50, APM600, APM670, M570CD, RS82; Daewo Darling - DL32E; Dual - DN235; HaiTai / Sinbang - HT302 B; Hitachi - ST-7; JVC - MD-1055Z / MD-1055E, DT55, DT55/II, DT55B; Magnavox - 25130071; National EPS43STSD, SGV06; National Panasonic - EPS43 STSD; Onkyo - DN68 ST, DN61, DN68 STE; Pioneer - PN-210, PN-230, PN-240, PN-320, S11, S15MP, S15T; Prinz - Team 21, Team 24, Team 52 RC, Sansui - SN-11, SN-1112, SN-3601; Sanyo - STL 5D; Sharp - STY 148, 155, 123, 138, 1408, 141, 142; Sony - C351CD, COMPACT 101, COMPACT 105CD, COMPACT 109, COMPACT 15, COMPACT 301, COMPACT 305CD, COMPACT 501, COMPACT 505CD, COMPACT 70, COMPACT 705CD, COMPACT 715CD, COMPACT 905CD, N6516, ND142G, ND155G, PSLX100, PSLX100B, PSLX200, PSLX205, PSLX22(US), PSLX250H, PSLX350, PSLX40P, PSLX431B, PSLX47P, VL42G, VL55G, N142 EP; Teac - N707; TOA - DD100; Toshiba - N16 D; Yamaha - N7700, N7800
Fits turntable models: (among others):
Aiwa PE-33, PE-55, PE-88, PE-550, PE-770, PE-790, PX-E860, PX-E880,
Audio Technica AT-PL60, AT-PL60 USB, AT-PL50, AT-LP2DA, AT-LP2DUSB,
Crosley CR249, Denon DP-29F, Kenwood KD-29R, KD-100, KD-291R.
Pioneer PL-23; PL-202, PL-203AZ, PL-210, PL-211AZ, PL-990, PL-Z93, PL-J2500.
Sony PS-205, PS 220, PS-LX250H, PS-340, PS410, PS431, 5500, 7500CD
Teac P988, P688, Yamaha 25, 200, 300, 320.
Caution: DO NOT order this stylus if it looks different from what you have. It will not fit if the original cartridge is missing or has been changed. Please contact us if you need assistance or prefer to purchase a new cartridge.
Main Features & Specifications
- Design: Replacement stylus for Akai RS82 and others.
- Stylus Shape: Spherical
- Stylus construction: Bonded
- Cantilever: Tapered
- Generating Element: Dual moving magnet
- Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
- Output Voltage: 2.7mV
- Channel Separation: Not Stated
- Channel Balance: 1dB
- Tracking force: 1.75-2.5 grams
- Part Number: 303600L44
Note: Choose wisely as we do not exchange/refund on styli purchases unless they are faulty. Warranty does not cover damage caused by mis-handling.
A Closer Look
What Is The Stylus: The stylus is connected to a little piece at the end of the tonearm called the phono cartridge. The stylus is a small metal tube underneath the cartridge as the stylus or needle. It is a crucial part of the phono cartridge as this is the only part that touches the record groove. In most cartridges particularly Moving Magnet types, the stylus is user replaceable. In moving coil designs, the whole cartridge needs to be replaced or sent back to the factory for re-tipping. Some including Ortofon offer a change-over service which means you trade-in your old model for the same or better.
The stylus is actually made up of three parts. There is (1) the stylus itself which is usually a diamond, although there are both man-made and natural diamonds in use. The stylus is (2) mounted at the end of a short arm called a cantilever that 'moves' as the stylus traces the record groove. The cantilever is fastened to (3) the phono cartridge.
Stylus Types: A stylus can come in a number of shapes and sizes. The best styli try to duplicate the shape of the cutting stylus used to produce the original master recording. For these types, you will see such terms as MicroLine, Fineline or MicroRidge.
Conical/Spherical Type: The conical/spherical stylus was until the mid 1980's the most widely used stylus. This was because it usually came as an original part of a standard turntable. It is the simplest and least expensive among all of the styli shapes. Its spherical tip, typically with a radius of 0.7 mm, touches the centre of the groove walls. The conical stylus can be found with lower to moderately priced turntables.
Elliptical Type: The elliptical stylus has two radii, with the front being wider than the side radius. Elliptical styli are available in several sizes, such as 0.2 x 0.7 mm, 0.3 x 0.7 mm and 0.4 x 0.7 mm. The first number is the side radius. The smaller the side radius, the better its music retrieval potential.
Shibata & Fineline Type: Another stylus that is reserved for the higher priced models is the Linear Contact (LC). This type of styli provides a vertical contact area several times more than that of the elliptical, thus enabling it to respond to minute grove modulations. Back in the late 1970's, the shibata type also became popular. It was designed for CD-4/quadraphonic records, but performs brilliantly on stereo records.
For older cartridges, it may be advisable to purchase at least two replacement styli. Manufacturers have been phasing out many replacement styli through the years and so the next time you need one for your older cartridge you may not be able to find it.