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Audio-Technica VM520EB/H

Dual moving magnet phono cartridge on headshell

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A fine cartridge and headshell combo

The Audio-Technica VM520EB/H pre-mounts the VM520EB cartridge in an AT-HS10BK universal 1/2"-mount headshell. The cartridge 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:

  • high-quality phono cartridge pre-mounted in an lightweight headshell
VM520EB Cartridge:
  • dual moving magnet design for excellent stereo separation
  • center shield plate between 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
  • 11/16"W x 11/16"H x 1-1/8"D
  • cartridge weight: 6.4 grams
AT-HS10 Headshell:
  • lightweight aluminum 1/2"-mount headshell
  • finger lift is positioned near the front of headshell to enable precise placement of stylus
  • gold-plated lead wires resist corrosion to ensure good signal transfer
  • 13/16"W x 1/2"H x 2"D
  • weight: 0.4 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Dual moving magnet stereo phono cartridge (pre-mounted to 1/2"-Mount headshell)
  • User Manual
  • Disposal Note

Audio-Technica VM520EB/H Reviews

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(1 Review)

Audio-Technica VM520EB/H

Jay from Oak Hill, VA on 4/11/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I was trying to decide if I should add a new cartridge/needle to my old direct drive turntable or just buy a new turntable. I reviewed both at Crutchfield and I am glad I upgraded my old turntable since it appears many new turntables in my price range come with lower grade cartridge/needle set ups. Now I have amazing sound quality coming out of my old re-foamed Infinity tower speakers.

Pros: Impressive sound quality

Cons: None


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Headshell/Cartridge Combo Kit: Audio-Technica's VM520EB/H combo kit includes the VM520EB elliptical bonded dual moving magnet cartridge pre-mounted on the AT-HS10 universal 1/2"-mount headshell.

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

Universal 1/2"-Mount Head Shell: The lightweight aluminum AT-HS10 is a universal 1/2"-mount headshell for 4-pin turntable cartridges. Featuring an aluminum die-cast body, the AT-HS10 is designed to keep vibration to the bare minimum. The finger lift is positioned near the front of headshell to enable precise placement of the stylus onto the record. The headshell is equipped with gold-plated lead wires for lossless signal transmission and comes with mounting screws.

  • Universal 1/2"-mount headshell for 4-pin turntable cartridges
  • Ultra-lightweight aluminum die-cast body keeps vibration to the bare minimum
  • Finger lift is positioned near the front of headshell to enable precise placement of the stylus onto the record
  • Gold-plated lead wires for lossless signal transmission


  • 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 (Cartridge & Shell): 0.8125" (w) x 0.8.25" (h) x 2.4375" (d)

Weight (Cartridge & Shell): 16.8 g (0.6 oz)

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Better frequency response. Interchangeable. [ Jan Paul  Jan 16, 2018 ]

1 question already asked

The Audio-Technica VM520EB/H is equipped with a universal 1/2"-mount headshell for 4-pin turntable cartridges. If you're still uncertain whether your turntable model fits the bill, please contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. Thanks! [ Larry  Sep 26, 2017 ]  Staff

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