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Noticeably better than the AT440MLA
By Brian T. Vanpelt
After using the AT440MLA for about a year and a half, I upgraded to this cartridge. If you like the AT440MLA, then this one is an upgrade. With the AT150SA the music is more detailed and deeper. Essentially, the AT440MLA sounds like a radio station that comes in almost perfectly, and so you rotate the dial just a little bit and get a slightly sharper sound, then you'll get the AT150SA. The AT150SA has more detail, depth and weight than the AT440MLA. As the cartridge burns in, everything unpleasant (sibiliance, inner grrove distortion, etc) are all smoothing out. At the same time, this cartridge does some larger scale stuff very well. Fairly nice bass is available as well. The tracking is very good - play with the settings to tweak the sound, but the most straightforward, beginning setup will produced results that slightly improve on the AT440MLA.
This is the cartridge where you will start to concern yourself with the quality of the record, rather than the quality of your setup. You'll know, fairly quickly, that your setup is an improvement on the AT440MLA. After that, you can tweak away and get an even better sound.
Clearly I recommend this cartridge. Every record sounds a little better with the AT150SA than with the AT440MLA. The 150SA is a step up from the 440MLA.
An important note is that the SA in the AT150SA, which means a Shibata cut. Apparently the vertical tracking angle is important is such a needle. If your tonearm can't adjust for VTA, then maybe the AT440MLA is the better choice. But, if you can make vertical adjustments, then this is a noticeable step up from the other cartridge.