"Well, it sounded pretty good for an mm cart. To me it sounded more like a Grado 8MR without the dreaded Grado hum. Neutral, light, pleasing and easy to listen to. These are made by Audio-Technica and rebranded LPG. Good price considering the materials used (carbon fiber). Though a different character from the ATN95E this one has a receptive and inviting tone." 1

"The sonic improvement was noticeable in terms of high frequency clarity and extension and improved detail." 2

"You are better off replacing the cartridge, or at the very least replacing the stylus with the $29.98 LP Gear CFN-3600LE, which improves the sound and lets you track a gram lighter at 2.5 grams." 3

"The CF3600LE compares favourably to many cartridges both at its price and beyond. Audio-Technica’s AT95 and AT120E track lighter and are better specced on paper but sound wise either cartridge is a significant step up from the CF3600LE. Highly recommended." 4

LP GEAR® Ultimate ½ inch mount headshell
Highly precision processed 2.5 mm high rigidity Duralumin
Jelco headshell wires for exceptional sound quality
Heavily plated gold phosphor bronze plugs for pure connectivity
Aligned length ∼52 mm for use with many tonearms
Alignment adjustable for extra precision and compatibility
Free alignment protractor
15.2g weight with mounted LP Gear CF3600LE cartridge



Code: CF3600LESET

Music that makes you want to listen.™
Product Info

- CF3600LE cartridge premounted on World-class Ultimate headshell

Endowed with the LP Gear Ultimate Headshell, the CF3600LE cartridge offers a multifaceted musical voice that surprises and astounds. Designed exclusively for LP GEAR by the same Audio-Technica team that developed their lofty cartridges, the new Carbon Fidelity (CF) 3600LE harnesses carbon fiber technology to advance the state of existing Audio-Technica AT3600 cartridges and all of its versions. The stylus also features a highly polished diamond tip with .0003 x .0007 inch scanning radii. Higher fidelity from carbon technology.

The CF3600LE offers agile, harmonically complete, refractive and refreshingly crystal clean sound quality that will confound cartridges up to 8 times its price. It will surprise and astound.

CF3600LE Phono Cartridge Details
- Type: Moving Magnet VM Dual Magnet Stereo
- Output voltage @ 1kHz,5cm/sec.: 2.5 mV
- Channel balance at 1kHz: 2.5 dB or less
- Channel separation @ 1kHz: over 18 dB
- Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz
- Load resistance: 47k ohms
- Load capacitance: 100 - 200 pF
- Stylus type: 0.3 x 0.7 mil Special Elliptical diamond
- Cantilever: Super Fidelity Carbon Fiber5
- Tracking force range: 1.8 - 3.5 g
- Tracking force recommended: 2.5 ~ 3.0 g (set by listening)
- Coil impedance at 1kHz: 2.8k ohms
- Recommended load resistance: 47k ohms
- Recommended break-in duration: 30 hours
- Color: Black, Silver, Indigo
- Weight: 5.0 g
- Dimensions (mm): 30.5L × 11.4W × 17.0H
- Accessories included: Brass screws × 2, and nuts × 2
- Stylus replacement: LP GEAR CFN3600LE stylus


Footnote 1: Customer Review, "LP GEAR CF3600LE Cartridge Set".

Footnote 2: Michael Fremer, "Pioneer PL-30-K Automatic Single Play Turntable", Analog Planet, June 10, 2015. The esteemed reviewer compared, evaluated and found the LP GEAR CFN3600LE stylus to offer obvious sonic and tracing improvement as well as lower tracking force for record preservation.

Footnote 3: Michael Fremer, "Onkyo's CP-1050 Direct Drive Turntable", Analog Planet, July 21, 2015. The esteemed reviewer recommends the CF3600LE cartridge or CFN3600LE stylus depending on customer preference.

Footnote 3: Ashley, "LP Gear CF3600LE Cartridge Review", Audio Appraisal, December 15, 2016.

Footnote 5: Carbon fiber composites offer 10 times the strength of steel at half the weight. Each producer's carbon fiber differs from those of its competitors, and the processing details are considered to be intellectual property. The special carbon fiber used in the Carbon Fidelity cartridges and styli is patiently and expertly considered for its signature characteristics to bring out the subtleties and finesse of music extracted from the grooves of records and LPs. For carbon fiber info see: "The making of carbon fiber".

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