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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.