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Audio-Technica VM530EN

Dual moving magnet phono cartridge

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Give your old turntable a shot in the tonearm

With a phono cartridge, the tiniest detail can make a huge difference in how you enjoy your records. The Audio-Technica VM530EN, for instance, features a 0.3 x 0.7 mil elliptical nude stylus, which means that the carefully-shaped diamond that reads the grooves has no metal shank holding it in place. That means less overall mass, and more accurate frequency reproduction. The upshot? It just sounds better.

Product Highlights:

  • dual moving-magnet design for excellent stereo separation
  • center shield plate between left and right channels reduces crosstalk
  • durable low-resonance polymer cartridge housing
  • 0.3 x 0.7 mil elliptical nude stylus
  • all-metal cantilever
  • frequency response 20-25,000 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
  • 3/4"W x 3/4"H x 1-1/8"D
  • cartridge weight: 6.4 grams
  • 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

Audio-Technica VM530EN Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(2 Reviews)

Crystal clear capability

Andy8400 from Woodridge, IL on 7/15/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Used primarily to replace its predecessor, the AT-120e. Very similar. The additional tracking force is not bad for your records... sometimes better. Chosen over others including a Shelter 201, Denon 103 and 301 (both MC) due to its excellent high frequency extension without peakiness. Bass is a little less than the others mentioned but I judiciously equalize my phono preamp to cut highs back while slightly boosting bass. Result is a simple MM cart that reproduces large orchestral classical music with far less ear fatigue and better violin separation. Crisp, forward sound that makes vinyl a fun medium. If you don't equalize a cartridge (most people don't) be aware of the VM530EN's shifting tonal range. Mine works well with jazz, rock and folk as I have it set up. Your speakers should determine your cartridge selection IMHO.

Pros: Clear sound, tracks well with nude diamond, inexpensive.

Cons: Depends on your speaker range. If you need heavy bass without adjustments, choose another.

i like it!

bill from Syracuse, NY on 6/15/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

i had a sumiko black pearl that was perfectly fine, did a good job! but, i`m a tweaker and always looking to better things. i talked with marshall and we came up with the audio-technica VM530EN. well, i have to say it`s performed very well! tracks really well and the music sounds great. i listen to just about everything including jazz, pop, blues, country and some classical. the sound of the classical records is the most amazing of all. you can pick out the instruments even when they`re all playing at once. i`m satisfied, for now. bill

Pros: ease of mounting, tracks well and sounds great!

Cons: none


Hands-on research

Product Research


Dual Moving Magnet Stereo Cartridge: The VM530EN is a top-end elliptical stylus cartridge in Audio-Technica's new VM cartridge line. Like all VM cartridges, the VM530EN 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 lightweight 0.3 x 0.7 mil elliptical nude stylus reduces the execution mass of the vibration system, enabling fuller frequency reproduction and less tracking distortion than a bonded stylus.

  • 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: 20-25,000 Hz
  • Channel Separation: 27 dB (1 kHz)
  • Vertical Tracking Force: 1.8-2.2 g (2.0 g standard)
  • Stylus Construction: Nude 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 # VMN30EN
  • 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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The Audio-Technica VM540ML offers these features:

2.2 x 0.12 mil MicroLine® stylus traces grooves extremely accurately

multilevel shape reduces wear on records

frequency response 20-27,000 Hz