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Audio-Technica VM520EB

Dual moving magnet phono cartridge

Item # 057VM520EB

It tracks record grooves with high accuracy for outstanding audio reproduction.

It tracks record grooves with high accuracy for outstanding audio reproduction.

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Item # 057VM520EB

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Expected: 1/15/2021


About the Audio-Technica VM520EB

Great stereo separation, plus an elliptical stylus

The Audio-Technica VM520EB has two moving magnets inside, matching the left/right separation of a stereo record groove. The elliptical bonded stylus tracks record grooves with high accuracy for outstanding audio reproduction. 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
  • 0.3 x 0.7 mil elliptical stylus
  • all-metal cantilever
  • frequency response 20-23,000 Hz
  • output voltage: 4.5 mV
  • stereo separation: 27 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
  • MFR # VM520EB

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

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Dual Moving Magnet Stereo Cartridge: The VM520EB conical stylus cartridge is the entry-level 500 Series model in Audio-Technica's new VM cartridge line. Like all VM cartridges, the VM520EB 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 0.3 x 0.7 mil elliptical bonded stylus tracks the record groove with high accuracy for outstanding audio reproduction.

  • VM dual magnet cartridge with 0.3 x 0.7 mil elliptical 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: 20-23,000 Hz
  • Channel Separation: 27 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: 4.5 mV (at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec)
  • Channel Balance: 1.5 dB (1 kHz)
  • Stylus Shape: 0.3 x 0.7 mil eliptical
  • Cantilever: Aluminum pipe
  • Mount: 1/2"
  • Replacement Stylus: Part # VMN20EB
  • 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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My Denon DP-DJ101 has a Shure M97x cartridge that needs replacing. Can you recommend a cart compatible with this table?
[ kurt  Aug 05, 2020 ]
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I have a Phillips 212 turntable that I purchased with my system some 40+ years ago. I believe the original cartridge was a Shure. After some 15 years I changed out the cartridge to an Audio Technica. At the time it sounded pretty much the same as my original cartridge. I didn't play it much when CD's came along with much better sound quality. Later, I developed a grounding noise and initially thought it was in the cartridge so I purchased another Audio Technica VM520EB. I found out the grounding noise was actually in the RCA cables from the turntable itself. After eliminating the noise I played records using the new VM520EB cartridge that I had already installed and then replaced it with the old Audio Technica cartridge. The old cartridge sounded slightly better throughout the sound spectrum. The VM520EB is a close second. Hope that helps!
[ George  Aug 20, 2020 ]
Crutchfield reminded me that I purchased a ATVM520EB back in 10/2018. I installed it on my Kenwood KD-2055 turntable and it works fine. I can't give you much of a rating on sound quality because I need new, upgraded speakers. However I have NO complaints on the sound quality. It fit my price range and as I said it plays well.
[ Richard C.  Aug 12, 2020 ]
My AT520EB delivers good chrisp sound and was most reasonably priced versus several other cartridges I looked at. I highly recommend!
[ Douglas  Aug 12, 2020 ]
Will this work with the Fluance RT-81 turntable?
[ ROB  Apr 17, 2018 ]
2 answers
Sorry I don't know
[ KENNETH L  Apr 18, 2018 ]
My AT vm520eb cartridge has been used on a traditional turntable (an AR vintage 1978 model) and worked really well. Of course the installation was done carefully with such small screws and wiring. In addition, it also work very well with a newer turntable that has the attachmen to the tone arm. But again, I had to attached it carefully before inserting the unit into tone arm of the newer turntable. I am not sure why the cartridge would not fit your turn table...unless the specs of the Fluance indicates otherwise.
[ Dr. Onofre di  Apr 17, 2018 ]

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