A phono cartridge replacement stylus, often referred to as a ‘needle’, is a tiny yet crucial component located at the tip of a turntable's phono cartridge where it makes contact with the grooves on vinyl records.
Over time, due to the constant friction between the stylus and the vinyl surface, styluses wear out. As they degrade, the quality of the audio playback will also degrade, resulting in distortions, crackling, and an overall loss of clarity. To restore the pristine sound quality of your vinyl records, it's essential to replace a worn stylus.
Styluses come in various shapes and sizes, each designed to work with specific types of cartridges and records. Proper compatibility is critical when selecting a replacement stylus. Be sure to buy only a stylus specifically designated for your phono cartridge. If one is not available, you must replace your phono cartridge with a new one.