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Audio-Technica VM520EB

Dual moving magnet phono cartridge

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Item # 057VM520EB

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Our take on the Audio-Technica VM520EB

Great stereo separation, plus an elliptical stylus

The Audio-Technica VM520EB has two moving magnets inside, matching the left/right separation of a stereo record groove. The elliptical bonded stylus tracks record grooves with high accuracy for outstanding audio reproduction. It's designed to fit a standard 1/2" mount for compatibility with a wide range of turntables.

Product Highlights:

  • dual moving magnet design for excellent stereo separation
  • center shield plate between the left and right channels reduces crosstalk
  • 0.3 x 0.7 mil elliptical stylus
  • all-metal cantilever
  • frequency response 20-23,000 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
  • cartridge weight: 6.4 grams
  • 11/16"W x 11/16"H x 1-1/8"D
  • 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

Awesome quality, looks great (paired with AT-HS1 headshell), sounds clear and brought out more bass. I feel it was a great buy and I do recommend it.

Justin, Gloucester, VA


Audio-Technica VM520EB Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(4 Reviews)

Audio-Technica VM520EB

Anonymous from Spartanburg, SC on 2/20/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Listened to the newly remastered and remixed Sargent Peppers release last night and having used vinyl for over 40 years I have to say it was without a doubt the greatest listening experience of my life. This product created a very warm sound with incredible detail and great spatial presence. I'm presently self flagellating myself for falling into the cd hole for 20 years.

Pros: Easy to install,beautiful tracking,warm and rich sound

Cons: None

Great Cartridge

Justin from Gloucester, VA on 1/28/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Awesome quality, looks great (paired with AT-HS1 headshell), sounds clear and brought out more bass. I feel it was a great buy and I do recommend it.

Pros: Awesome quality, looks great, clear sound, etc.

Cons: None


Ted from Lawrence, KS on 12/4/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I am very pleased with the performance of the Audio Technica cartridge I purchased. I am able to enjoy listening to my old albums with perfect clarity

Pros: Great frequency response with lite tracking.

Cons: 0

Great even with mono mode

Onofre from Redondo Beach, CA on 7/3/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

VM520EB is a fine cartridge that allows the power of a Mcintosh amp, an AR turntable and speakers go to town. Clarity and separation for the stereophonic records is great, even when mono mode is selected.

Pros: Bright

Cons: Mounting a little difficult


Hands-on research

Product Research


Dual Moving Magnet Stereo Cartridge: The VM520EB conical stylus cartridge is the entry-level 500 Series model in Audio-Technica's new VM cartridge line. Like all VM cartridges, the VM520EB 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 0.3 x 0.7 mil elliptical bonded stylus tracks the record groove with high accuracy for outstanding audio reproduction.

  • 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: 20-23,000 Hz
  • Channel Separation: 27 dB (1 kHz)
  • Vertical Tracking Force: 1.8-2.2 g (2.0 g standard)
  • Stylus Construction: Bonded 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 # VMN20EB
  • 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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Competitive price, good trustworthy advisor, 60 day policy. [ Dr. Onofre di  Jun 20, 2017 ]
Wife wiped out old one while dusting , so killing two birds with one stone, replacing & upgrading at same time... [ Robert  May 23, 2017 ]