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Audio-Technica VM510CB

Dual moving magnet phono cartridge

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Our take on the Audio-Technica VM510CB

Excellent stereo separation

The Audio-Technica VM510CB has two moving magnets inside, matching the left/right separation of a stereo record groove. It's designed to fit a standard 1/2" mount for compatibility with a wide range of turntables.

Product Highlights:

  • dual moving magnet design for excellent stereo separation
  • center shield plate between the left and right channels reduces crosstalk
  • 0.6mm bonded spherical diamond stylus
  • all-metal cantilever
  • frequency response 20-20,000 Hz
  • output voltage: 5.0 mV
  • stereo separation: 25 dB
  • channel balance: 1.5 dB
  • tracking force range: 1.8-2.2 grams
  • recommended tracking force: 2.0 grams
  • load impedance: 47k ohms
  • cartridge weight: 6.4 grams
  • 11/16"W x 11/16"H x 1-1/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Dual moving magnet stereo phono cartridge
  • 2 Long screws
  • 2 Short screws
  • 2 Nuts
  • 2 Washers
  • User Manual
  • Disposal Note

Awesome sounds 1000% better than my 20 year old needle from my disco days.

Mark, Lacey, WA


Audio-Technica VM510CB Reviews

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(3 Reviews)

Audio-Technica VM510CB

Crutchfield customer from Groveland, CA on 2/1/2019

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Excellent value



Fantastic sound

Mark from Lacey, WA on 6/27/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Awesome sounds 1000% better than my 20 year old needle from my disco days.



Fantastic Price, great sound

Hank from Durham, NC on 3/8/2018

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Wow, easy to install. Fit perfectly on the arm of my 1980s Sanyo Plus record player. Sounds wonderful!

Pros: price and easy installation



Hands-on research

Product Research


Dual Moving Magnet Stereo Cartridge: The VM510CB conical stylus cartridge is the entry-level 500 Series model in Audio-Technica's new VM cartridge line. Like all VM cartridges, the VM510CB is equipped with dual magnets that are positioned to match the left and right channels in the stereo record groove for outstanding channel separation and extended frequency response. The cartridge's 0.6 mil conical bonded stylus tracks the center of the record groove for reliable performance and excellent fidelity.

  • VM dual magnet cartridge with 0.6 mil conical stylus
  • Aluminum cantilever
  • Paratoroidal coils improve generating efficiency
  • Center shield plate between the left and right channels reduces crosstalk
  • Durable low-resonance polymer housing
Note: Mounting hardware is included.


  • Frequency Response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • Channel Separation: 25 dB (1 kHz)
  • Vertical Tracking Force: 1.8-2.2 g (2.0 g standard)
  • Stylus Construction: Bonded round shank
  • Recommended Load Impedance: 47,000 ohms
  • Output: 5.0 mV (at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec)
  • Channel Balance: 1.5 dB (1 kHz)
  • Stylus Shape: 0.6 mil conical
  • Cantilever: Aluminum pipe
  • Mount: 1/2"
  • Replacement Stylus: Part # VMN10CB
  • Coil Impedance: 2,700 ohms (1 kHz)
  • DC Resistance: 800 ohms
  • Load Capacitance: 100-200 pF
  • Coil Inductance: 460 mH (1 kHz)
  • Static Compliance: 35 x 10-6 cm/dyne
  • Dynamic Compliance: 8 x 10-6 cm/dyne (100 Hz)
  • Vertical Tracking Angle: 23°

Dimensions: 0.75" (w) x 0.75" (h) x 1.125" (d)

Weight: 6.4 g (0.2 oz)

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Why did you buy this?

I reviewed the product highlights with another cartridge I was considering and it appeared to be of higher quality. In my chat with Crutchfield's employee Cosmo, he felt that this cartridge was of higher quality and would pair well with the turntable I was purchasing. [ Glenn  Jan 21, 2019 ]
Great price and the Audio-Technica name were the reasons I picked this phono cartridge! [ Steve  Jun 02, 2018 ]

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