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10-06-2008, 01:58 PM
Hi everyone,

I would like to change the cartridge and needle on my Sony PS-LX5 turntable, I'm not sure when it was last changed (if ever) and I am starting to worry about my records getting scratched.

It's written Moving Magnet XL-200 on the top, is this the model ? cause I can't seem to find it on internet..

I saw another post about this TT here (
but I can't find the two cartridges they are talking about (AT92E & AT3003). I live in France and there aren't that many suppliers...

So I was wondering witch other cartridge you would suggest, if possible contained in the list here (

I was also wondering how to change the cartridge, it looks like this:

I don't see any screw, is it glued on or something ?

A more general question, do you know if this TT is any good ? should I invest in a better one ? I don't know much about hi-fi.. btw I have a Marantz 2230 and Triangle Comete TZX loudspeakers.

Thank you for your help

10-06-2008, 06:00 PM
Looks like someone replaced the original headshell with an integrated headshell and cartridge, which is why you don't see a screw. Those Sony headshells are hard to find these days, so replacing just the stylus (the blue assembly with the needle) instead of the cartridge would be the simplest solution. It looks like this needle -- -- is the one you want, and it is cross-referenced as an ND250E or ND30E, both of which are on the French list of replacement stylii that you linked to.

10-07-2008, 06:56 AM
Thanks for your reply, I will order the new stylus this evening. By the way, how did you find this out ? just with the picture ?
Are you sure this is not the original headshell ? This TT used to be my dad's, and I don't think he ever made any changes to it (I'll have to ask him to be sure). What is the advantage of such a headshell ? and do you know if the cartridge is any good ?

10-07-2008, 08:35 PM
It definitely looks as though you can’t change the cartridge, as it’s fixed to the headshell, so it would be best to change the stylus for the moment, and keep your eyes out for a headshell for your turntable. Those turntables also came with another cartridge, which could be unscrewed from the headshell. The headshell in question, that allows cartridges to be changed, is known as the Sony SH-151 headshell. They are fairly hard to come by these days – they occasionally (every few months) come up for sale on online auction sites. They were used on plenty of 1980’s Sony turntables, but are frustratingly non-standard in the size of the plug section that plugs into the tonearm – no other headshell for straight tonearms can be substituted. I have a Sony PS-X600 that uses the same headshell, and there are plenty of other Sony turntables that used the same headshell. The turntables which used that headshell, in case you see a damaged one for sale cheaply on an online auction site, are: PS-T22, PS-T33, PS-X55, PS-LX22, PS-LX2, PS-LX3, PS-LX4, PS-LX5, PS-FL1, PS-FL3, PS-FL5, PS-X500, PS-X600. There may be others, too - these are just from a list I made up watching Sony turntables for sale on the web, which had the same headshell. The SH-151 is the better aluminium alloy version of the headshell, but there is a plastic version, as well.

The headshell cartridge combination you have really doesn’t have any advantages, apart from perhaps lowering resonance slightly. The standard headshell which allows other cartridges to be used is a better option. The turntable is a quite competent one from the lower end of the Sony range - it won't cause any damage to your records, and is worth keeping for the moment.


10-09-2008, 12:14 PM
Thanks a lot for all the info Don :thmbsp:, I'm guessing you must own a few Sony turntables. I will definitly be looking out for the SH-151 headshell, now I know what to look for ! I wonder who got the idea of making these integrated headshells ! they seems useless from what you said. And I'm glad to hear that this TT is worth listening to, I'll be hanging on to it for a while, untill I can get my hands on some good stuff..

Cheers :music:

AK 47
12-11-2009, 02:51 PM
I have this same headshell/cartidge mounted on my Ps-LX5 and the stylus is a ND200G. Chuck

AK 47
12-11-2009, 05:29 PM
I tried to set up my PS-LX5 with the subject integrated cartridge/headshell and immediately had the following problems:

1. using a standard protractor, with the stylus to the mark, the thing is slightly out of parallel at both placements......with no adjustments, I guess it has to do,

2. I had to pull out the end weight of the counterbalance (setting on the record in the pic) to set the balance, (all the way in, the tonearm still tilted (strongly) up.

With the end weight removed it scaled at 0 grams with the counterweight in and adjusted at.1 gram intervals as it threaded out. I'm guessing (without instructions) that the removal was correct.

I do also have this headshell......

with a Shure M91ED cartridge which I will probably end up using, but need to check out the above unit for spare or resale. Chuck

12-11-2009, 08:53 PM
I assume by a standard protractor you mean Baerwald. You're trying to use two different geometries at the same time. By setting the stylus at the mark and keeping the cartridge square in the headshell you are using Sony's null points. This is all you need to do--no protractor. They won't match up with Baerwald.

Yes, there was an auxiliary weight in the back for heavy cartridges which isn't needed about 99% of the time, so removing it was correct.