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Audio-Technica VM530EN/H

Dual moving magnet phono cartridge on headshell

Item # 057VM530H

This design has less overall mass, and more accurate frequency reproduction.

This design has less overall mass, and more accurate frequency reproduction.

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Item # 057VM530H

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About the Audio-Technica VM530EN/H

A top-notch cartridge and headshell team

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 less overall mass, and more accurate frequency reproduction. The cartridge comes pre-mounted in an AT-HS10BK universal headshell 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 a lightweight headshell
  • suitable for s-shaped or curved tonearms only
VM530EN Cartridge:
  • 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
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
  • MFR # VM530EN/H

What's in the box:

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

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Headshell/Cartridge Combo Kit: Audio-Technica's VM530EN/H combo kit includes the VM530EN elliptical nude dual moving magnet cartridge premounted on the AT-HS10 universal 1/2"-mount headshell that is suitable ofr S-shaped or J-shaped tonearms.

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

Universal 1/2"-Mount Head Shell: The lightweight aluminum AT-HS10 is a universal 1/2"-mount headshell for 4-pin turntable cartridges and S-shaped or J-shaped tonearms. 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
  • Suitable for S-shaped or J-shaped tonearms.
  • 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: 20-25,000 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 (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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Can I purchase and what would be the cost for a VM530EN cartridge mounted/aligned on an at-HS4 headshell for my at-LPW40WN turntable?
[ Don  Oct 07, 2022 ]
1 answer
Sadly we do not mount custom cartridge/headshell combinations Don, but we can talk you through it with our lifetime free Technical Support! This combo for the VM530EN with straight headshell and your LPW40WN deck would not be ideal though also Don. You have the 45 degree headshell and straight tone arm on your AudioTechnica turntable as I'm sure you noticed! This AT-HS3 in the handy link below is the equivalent to the HS-4 that we carry that is useable for your setup. The AT-HS3 headshell paired with the VM530EN replacement cartridge and some time on the phone with our Tech team and you're mounted and ready to go!
[ THOMAS MATTHEW  Oct 08, 2022 ]  Staff
I'm going to replace the stock cartridge that came with my Music Hall MMF 1.3. Looking at the Audio Technical VM530EN/H w/head shell. Will I be able to plug and play or will adjustments have to be made? If so, should I just buy the cartridge without head shell? Thanks
[ WILLIAM C  Jul 17, 2020 ]
3 answers
It's an excellent full spectrum cartridge, but if you want plug and play you'll need to buy it with the headshell. If you buy just the cartridge you have to do a lot of adjustments and alignments that are already done with it mounted on the shell. You MUST however set the weight for the needle on the record, and set it at 2 grams, period. If you don't have a scale, get one. You'll need it for every single cartridge change! And don't get a cheap one, I bought a Riverstone audio digital scale for around $40, and it's incredibly accurate. It comes in a metal box and has two weights to calibrate it with. It's well worth the few extra dollars compared to a cheaper, less accurate scale.
[ Robert  Jul 21, 2020 ]
All I did with my cartridge was plug it into the arm of my Pioneer turntable and let her rip. I had to make adjustments for the skipping etc.
[ JIM  Jul 21, 2020 ]
I just plugged it in. It's been a while but you can follow the Music Hall instructions with the original setup
[ Thomas  Jul 21, 2020 ]

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