The Phono Cartridge is often confused as the "needle" which it is not! The Phono Cartridge is the electronic device that the needle either inserts into as in the case with the most popular Moving Magnet (MM) designs or is part of as in the case with Moving Coil (MC) designs. The right Cartridge combination can make amazing differences to your overall "vinyl" enjoyment. So although many of the Turntables we stock have a Cartridge/Stylus pre-installed, you can usually upgrade it to something better. The choice can depend on a number of factors including your other components. Please feel welcome to call us and discuss your options.