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Customer Reviews

Audio-Technica VM530EN

Dual moving magnet phono cartridge

MFR # VM530EN

Audio-Technica VM530EN

Audio-Technica VM530EN

Dual moving magnet phono cartridge

MFR # VM530EN

11 reviews
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Easy instalation

David from Palm Springs, CA on 7/28/2022

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Great sound, great upgrade to my vintage Sony turntable, installation was easy with the help of a few videos on line.

Pros: Stylus protector for easy setup

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Audio-Technica VM530EN

Crutchfield customer from Rising Sun, MD on 10/19/2021

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Product works well. The instructions could be clearer on installing the product and you need someone with small fingers to assist in mounting the cartridge. Overall, I am very satisfied

Pros: Well designed and functional

Cons: Instructions could be more specific Difficult to install due to small mounting screws

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Audio-Technica VM530EN

Crutchfield customer from Leland, NC on 9/23/2021

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Sounds great and didn't break the bank. Replaced a 40+ year old cartridge and stylus - Empire 2000 E III - and fit right into place and works like a charm.

Pros: Easy to install - direct fit replacement.

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Audio-Technica VM530EN

Crutchfield customer from Fort Lauderdale, FL on 6/6/2021

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Good sound !

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Absolutely Great Upgrade

David from Pelzer, SC on 5/13/2021

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I chose this cartridge to replace the stock cartridge that came on the Teac TN 300. The difference in sound is phenomenal. Great separation and clarity. Should have upgraded long ago. This was the first time I ever mounted a cartridge and though it took some trial and error and tinkering to get the alignment correct it was not that difficult. Patience is the key. Service advisor was great and product arrived the day after I purchased. Crutchfield is my go-to for electronic as their service and support have always been outstanding.

Pros: Good product, good service and good support.

Cons: None.

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Audio-Technica VM530EN

Crutchfield customer from Hudson, NY on 4/14/2021

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Stereo separation great and easy to install.

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Cons: Doesn't come with protractor.

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Exceptional

Crutchfield customer from Farmington, MO on 3/13/2021

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I needed a replacement for a vintage Dual table. The arm is light, so I needed high compliance, and a light cart. Perfect fit. The sound is phenomenal. Goosebumps phenomenal. My ears are sensitive to high frequencies, so I was looking for neutral. This is neutral with a sweet high sound. I boost lows ever so slightly, but this is a 2 channel system with Magnepan 1.6or, that roll off at about 50-60 hz, no sub. Delicate detail, no fatigue, super smooth.

Pros: Sound quality neutral, detailed, smooth, shipping was 2 days, excellent customer care.

Cons: None

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Reviving my old pioneer PL-530 turntable

Crutchfield customer from Port Royal, PA on 6/4/2020

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I"vebeen using Audio-technica cartridges since 1976, and have been very pleased. This one did not let me down, it tracks at 1.5 grams and the sound is awesome. Glad to get back to listening to so good old vinyl.

Pros: Sound quality for a decent price

Cons: Can"t think of one

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VINYL REVIVAL

Crutchfield customer from Emporia, KS on 1/15/2020

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extremely accurate on old records,paired up with the pioneer PLX 1000 turntable, very detailed on new records!!

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Crystal clear capability

Andy8400 from Woodridge, IL on 7/15/2018

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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.

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i like it!

bill from Syracuse, NY on 6/15/2018

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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

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