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Audio-Technica VM540ML/H

Dual moving magnet phono cartridge with MicroLine® stylus and headshell

Item # 057VM540H

This cartridge features an advanced MicroLine™ stylus that reads every detail of a record groove.

This cartridge features an advanced MicroLine™ stylus that reads every detail of a record groove.

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Item # 057VM540H

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$289.99

About the Audio-Technica VM540ML/H

This pre-mounted cartridge gets you in the groove

What makes one stylus better than another? The shape and mounting of the stylus — the tiny diamond that traces a record's grooves — is where small changes make a big difference in sound quality. The Audio-Technica VM540ML features an advanced 2.2 x 0.12 mil MicroLine stylus that gets deep into the cut and reproduces the smallest details of the music.

This pre-mounted cartridge gets you in the groove

What makes one stylus better than another? The shape and mounting of the stylus — the tiny diamond that traces a record's grooves — is where small changes make a big difference in sound quality. The Audio-Technica VM540ML features an advanced 2.2 x 0.12 mil MicroLine stylus that gets deep into the cut and reproduces the smallest details of the music.

This premium 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.

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Product highlights:

  • high-quality phono cartridge pre-mounted in an lightweight headshell
VM540ML 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
  • 2.2 x 0.12 mil MicroLine stylus traces grooves extremely accurately
    • multilevel shape reduces wear on records
  • all-metal cantilever
  • frequency response 20-27,000 Hz
  • output voltage: 4.0 mV
  • stereo separation: 28 dB
  • channel balance: 1.0 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 # VM540ML/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 VM540ML/H combo kit includes the VM540ML MicroLine dual moving magnet cartridge pre-mounted on the AT-HS10BK universal 1/2"-mount headshell.

Dual Moving Magnet Stereo Cartridge: he VM540ML MicroLine stylus cartridge is the premier 500 Series model in Audio-Technica's new VM cartridge line. Like all VM cartridges, the VM540ML 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 MicroLine stylus allows it to trace the record groove with incredible accuracy, resulting in nuanced audio reproduction that elliptical and conical styli simply can't match. The stylus' multilevel shape also wears better than other styli, while reducing the wear on your records.

  • VM dual magnet cartridge with with MicroLine 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

Specifications:

  • Frequency Response: 20-27,000 Hz
  • Channel Separation: 28 dB (1 kHz)
  • Vertical Tracking Force: 1.8-2.2 g (2.0 g standard)
  • Stylus Construction: Nude square shank
  • Recommended Load Impedance: 47,000 ohms
  • Output: 4.0 mV (at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec)
  • Channel Balance: 1.0 dB (1 kHz)
  • Stylus Shape: 2.2 x 0.12 mil MicroLine
  • Cantilever: Aluminum tapered pipe
  • Mount: 1/2"
  • Replacement Stylus: Part # VMN40ML
  • Coil Impedance: 2,700 ohms (1 kHz)
  • DC Resistance: 800 ohms
  • Load Capacitance: 100-200 pF
  • Coil Inductance: 460 mH (1 kHz)
  • Static Compliance: 40 x 10-6 cm/dyne
  • Dynamic Compliance: 10 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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Will this fit on my Pioneer PLX-1000 without modification?
[ Rob  May 27, 2020 ]
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I have no idea Rob. Mine was pre mounted on a head shell, but it's the best cartridge I've ever had!
[ JOSEPH M  May 27, 2020 ]
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I don't know, I have a Audio-Technica turntable and it fit it with out modification.
[ JOHN  May 27, 2020 ]
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I believe it will. However the Plx1000 is a dj turntable. The vm540ml/h is not intended to play records backwards, nor is it intended for scratching. if you just want to play records at home this would be fine. But not recommended for DJ use. You want an elliptical slylus for DJing. The vm540 is a microline.
[ Troy  May 27, 2020 ]
Q
is the vm540ml/H cartridge/headshell a good compliment to a Technics SL-1610 mk2 turntable?
[ Ron  Jul 13, 2019 ]
7 answers
A
I use mine an a Pioneer, but it should work on the technics as well.
[ Troy  Jul 14, 2019 ]
A
It is
[ DAVID  Jul 13, 2019 ]
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My answer is missing a word. It should be "very good definition":
[ DavidEFLube  Jul 13, 2019 ]
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I do not have listening experience with the Technics sl 1610 mk2, but I am enjoying it a lot with my Pioneer PLX-1000, which is another direct drive turntable not too different from the Technics. Maybe the extreme highs are just a touch bright compared to my Ortofon 2M blue (undecided which of the two I like better). To me it has very definition of details in recordings, but I have not listened to moving coil cartridges in the several thousand dollar range.
[ DavidEFLube  Jul 13, 2019 ]
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I think its a terrifc cartridge. Make sure you get high quality vinyls because it will pick up every sound.
[ Carol Ann  Jul 13, 2019 ]
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I don't know. Mine is mounted on a Technics SL-Q2 turntable and sounds amazing!
[ JOSEPH M  Jul 13, 2019 ]
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Check out Ortofon Blue
[ Howard  Jul 13, 2019 ]

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