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Stanton 400.V3 Turntable Cartridge

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The 400.V3 is the 500.V3's younger sibling with attitude. The 400.V3 is a 2-coil spherical cartridge with enough punch to ensure that any vinyl that passes under it, gets a loud boomy output. With a combination of the super durableness and value of the 500.V3, and being the worlds loudest cartridge, the 400.V3 packs more bang (or should we say boom) for the buck than any other needle in the world.

Available in a single version only.

Perfect for:

  • Hip-hop / Scratch and Club DJs
  • Consumers
  • Record shops
  • Beginner DJs
  • High powered 10.0 mV output guarantees loud output
  • Rugged design holds up to harshest environments

Cantilever: Stanton uses aircraft grade aluminum tubing unique to each cartridge model based on your application. Compliant "Pivot" Damper. Each Stanton damper is made up of special custom compounds of synthetic grade rubber based on specific cartridge model.

Nickel-Iron Armature : Alters the magnetic flux based on the movements of the stylus.

Resonant Free Tie Wire: Provides rigidity and stability to assembly and determines application of needle.

Plastic Handle : Stanton exclusive enclosure protects the stylus for extreme handling and will not dent cantilever during drops.

Stylus Housing: Cradles the whole stylus suspension system together

Diamonds : Stanton uses jewelry grade diamonds in your needles, which are less porous than commercial grade (commonly used in other manufacturers' cartridges), and produce better audio fidelity.

Make sure the turntable is placed on a solid base or stand to prevent side-to-side movement during scratching. A solid surface will absorb heavy vibrations and help eliminate feedback (which results as rumble through the mixer).

Always check to make sure that your turntable is level (horizontal). A turntable that is not level is likely to skip and cause playback issues. Most turntables can be leveled by adjusting the four feet independently on the bottom of the turntable (rotate feet until turntable lies horizontally).

Set the anti-skate control to "0" when scratching, anti-skate helps keep the needle centered in the groove during forward playback. As the needle pushes up against the groove of the record, anti-skate pushes the styli back into the center of the groove. However, while back spinning or scratching, this force will cause the needle to jump out of groove and skip. For this reason you should always leave anti-skate on "0" while scratching.

Break in ("breaking in" a cartridge means loosening / exercising the suspension) your cartridge suspension by placing the needle on a locked groove (a groove which never ends found on most scratch/battle records) and playing the record on 33 RPM for 15-minute intervals. Simply leaving the needle in groove overnight or for extended amounts of time may also break in the suspension.

If your needle shows excess "wobble" or moves back and forth too much during scratching, your stylus suspension has too much weight on it. If you have a headshell mountable cartridge, check to make sure you do not have a headshell weight installed on your cartridge. If you have an integrated cartridge body, try removing some weight from the back of the tonearm.

Some scratch DJs will angle your cartridges 23 degrees on the headshell. Note: Angle outward on S-shaped tonearms (this will emulate the angle of a straight tone-arm and help the needle hold the groove better). Angle inward on straight tonearms this will emulate the placement of an S-arm for fidelity (audio fidelity).

Despite popular belief, it is NOT recommended to reverse the weight of the tonearm. When this is done it defeats the purpose of a proper setup (notice the numbers on the correct side of the tonearm weight). By overweighing the cartridge you actually damage both the styli (needle) and the record. Only reverse the weight on the tonearm if you cannot get the needle to hold the groove otherwise.

Do not use records with worn, extra large or off-center holes. This will allow side-to-side movement, which will result in skipping. The problem can be corrected by placing a small piece of tape over the hole on one side. Cut a small "X" in the center of the hole area and fold the flaps down into the hole to tighten the fit. Badly worn vinyl may require a second layer of tape.

Manufacturer recommended settings for optimum performance with Stanton Cartridges:

500.V3, 505.V3, 520.V3

  • "0" anti-skate setting
  • "1" tone arm height setting without headshell weight;
  • "2" if using extra weight
  • 2 to 5 grams stylus pressure setting.
  • 680.V3, 680E.V3

  • "0" anti-skate setting
  • "4" tone arm height setting without headshell weight;
  • "5" if using extra weight
  • 2 to 5 grams stylus pressure setting.

  • 890 FS
  • "0" anti-skate setting
  • "4" tone arm height setting without headshell weight;
  • "5" if using extra weight
  • 2 to 5 grams tonearm weight for SA
  • 1 to 3 grams tonearm weight for RM
  • Groovemaster.V3

  • "0" on the anti-skate
  • "0" on the tonearm height adjustment
  • 2 to 5 grams on the stylus pressure adjustment

  • Trackmaster.V3

  • "0" on the anti-skate
  • "0" on the tonearm height adjustment 4 to 5 grams on the stylus pressure adjustment
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    Stanton warrants its products to be free from defects for 1 year from the date of purchase.