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Audio-Technica VM670SP

Dual moving magnet 78 rpm phono cartridge

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Years ago, I produced a radio show. The host of the program was an opera fanatic, and he came into the studio every week with a carton brim-full of 78 rpm recordings. It was such a thrill for me to hear those voices from a bygone era. If you also have an emotional connection to those fast-playing gems, the Audio-Technica VM670SP can be your best friend.

Make vintage 78 rpm records sound fantastic

Years ago, I produced a radio show. The host of the program was an opera fanatic, and he came into the studio every week with a carton brim-full of 78 rpm recordings. It was such a thrill for me to hear those voices from a bygone era. If you also have an emotional connection to those fast-playing gems, the Audio-Technica VM670SP can be your best friend.

The cartridge features a specialized body and internal wiring dedicated to monaural sound reproduction, plus the conical stylus with a large curvature radius really brings out the wonderful sound buried in those old records. Internally connected dual moving magnets reduce surface noise and create a focused center image.

Note: this stylus is compatible with modern "microgroove" 78s.

Product Highlights:

  • linked dual moving magnet design for excellent monaural 78 rpm sound reproduction
  • 3.0 mil conical stylus
  • all-metal cantilever
  • durable low-resonance polymer housing
  • mono body design reduces surface noise
  • frequency response 20-20,000 Hz
  • output voltage: 3.0 mV
  • tracking force range: 4.5-5.5 grams
  • recommended tracking force: 5.0 grams
  • load impedance: 47k ohms
  • 11/16"W x 11/16"H x 1-1/8"D
  • cartridge weight: 6.4 grams
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Dual moving magnet mono phono cartridge
  • 2 Long screws
  • 2 Short screws
  • 2 Nuts
  • 2 Washers
  • User Manual
  • Disposal Note
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Features

Dual Moving Magnet Mono Phono Cartridge: With a specialized body and internal wiring dedicated to monaural sound reproduction, plus a large curvature radius conical stylus, the VM670SP cartridge is designed for playing 78 RPM records. Part of the 600 Series in Audio-Technica's new VM cartridge line, the VM670SP is equipped with dual magnets that are internally connected to reduce record noise and obtain a highly focused "center" sound image that stereo cartridges can't provide. The stylus' 3.0 mil curvature radius makes it an excellent choice for playing 78s from a wide variety of eras.

  • VM dual magnet cartridge with 3.0 mil conical stylus
  • Aluminum cantilever
  • Paratoroidal coils improve generating efficiency
  • Mono body terminating left and right channels reduces surface noise
  • Durable low-resonance polymer housing
Note: Mounting hardware is included.

Specifications:

  • Frequency Response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • Vertical Tracking Force: 4.5-5.5 g (5.0 g standard)
  • Stylus Construction: Bonded round shank
  • Recommended Load Impedance: 47,000 ohms
  • Output: 3.0 mV (at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec)
  • Stylus Shape: 3.0 mil conical
  • Cantilever: Aluminum pipe
  • Mount: 1/2"
  • Replacement Stylus: Part # VMN70SP
  • Coil Impedance: 1,400 ohms (1 kHz)
  • DC Resistance: 400 ohms
  • Load Capacitance: 100-200 pF
  • Coil Inductance: 230 mH (1 kHz)
  • Static Compliance: 15 x 10-6 cm/dyne
  • Dynamic Compliance: 2 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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To play my 78 RPM records [ SANDRA  Jul 18, 2018 ]
I chose this cartridge for my Audio Technica Turntable. I have a collection of old 78 RPM records and needed a Cartridge and Stylus that would properly track 78 RPM records. I have good audio technical 95E cartridge for normal 33 and 45 RPM records. That cartridge and stylus will play 78 RPM records but not follow the large mono grooves of a 78 and will cause excessive wear on records and stylus. [ LARRY  Feb 03, 2018 ]
Play 78 rpm records. [ Patrick  Jan 14, 2018 ]
To be able to play 78's [ Mark  Nov 20, 2017 ]
I have quite a few 78's in my music collection, and my cartridge from my old turntable is a P-mount, so I needed a standard mount. [ Jack  Nov 10, 2017 ]

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