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Audio-Technica VM510CB Dual moving magnet phono cartridge

Item # 057VM510CB

The dual magnet design provides excellent stereo separation.

The dual magnet design provides excellent stereo separation.

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About the Audio-Technica VM510CB

Eric A.

Excellent stereo separation

The Audio-Technica VM510CB has two moving magnets inside, matching the left/right separation of a stereo record groove. 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
  • 0.6mm bonded spherical diamond stylus
  • all-metal cantilever
  • frequency response 20-20,000 Hz
  • stereo separation: 25 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
  • MFR # VM510CB

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

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More details on the Audio-Technica VM510CB

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Features & specs

Type MM
Mounting Standard
Stylus shape Conical
Frequency response (Hz) 20-20k
Tracking grams 2.0
Stereo separation (dB) 25
Output voltage (mV) 5.0
Load Impedance (Ohms) 47,000
Load Capacitance (pF) 100-200

Product Research


Dual Moving Magnet Stereo Cartridge: The VM510CB conical stylus cartridge is the entry-level 500 Series model in Audio-Technica's new VM cartridge line. Like all VM cartridges, the VM510CB 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 0.6 mil conical bonded stylus tracks the center of the record groove for reliable performance and excellent fidelity.

  • VM dual magnet cartridge with 0.6 mil conical 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: This cartridge is designed to fit turntables that feature a standard 1/2" mount. It is not compatible with P-Mount style turntables.


  • Frequency Response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • Channel Separation: 25 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: 5.0 mV (at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec)
  • Channel Balance: 1.5 dB (1 kHz)
  • Stylus Shape: 0.6 mil conical
  • Cantilever: Aluminum pipe
  • Mount: 1/2"
  • Replacement Stylus: Part # VMN10CB
  • 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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Will this fit dual turntable?
richard  Jan 24, 2022
1 answer
That will depend on the model of the turntable and the mounting style used. This is designed to fit the 1/2" 2-post mounting style. If you would like to reach out to an Advisor at 1-800-309-2075, they can gather more information about the turntable to help ensure a proper fit.
davis  Jan 27, 2022 (Staff)
I am looking for a new phono cartridge for my JVC L-A10 turntable. Do you have any suggestions as to what might work best? Thanx Al Bradley
albert c.  Aug 25, 2021
2 answers
This cartridge has served me well, and I play a LOT of vinyl.
john a  Aug 25, 2021
it was my pick for an affordable jump back into vinyl. i was looking for an inexpensive cartridge for my AR turntable. i've been very pleased.
james l  Aug 25, 2021
Is this Compatible with duel 1229?
simon  Jun 01, 2021
1 answer
The AT cartridge performs well. I'm not familiar with the duel 1229. Sorry
mark  Jun 03, 2021
I'm looking for a good replacement cartridge for my Pro-Ject T1. Is this a good candidate?
david  Apr 22, 2021
3 answers
I put the AT VM510CB on my vintage Sony direct drive turntable to bring it back to life. The price/quality level was what I was looking for to enjoy vinyl records again. There are better cartridges available at a higher price, but this one met and exceeded my needs
mark  May 01, 2021
Hi David. I purchased this cartridge for a very old Sony PS-T3 turntable. It is very responsive and I would recommend it if it will fit on your Pro-Ject turntable arm. You may want to check with the pro's at Crutchfield to be sure. Hope this helps!
mark  Apr 23, 2021
Yup. I like it. Not to expensive, not too cheap. A goldilocks cartridge if ever there was one. Great range and tone.
john a  Apr 22, 2021
Will this fit my Audio Technica AT-LP3?
rolando  Nov 14, 2020
3 answers
While I can't absolutely say yes, I think it will. I installed the VM510CB on a vintage Sony turntable. The key thing is that it had the 1/2" mounting slots to bolt it in. I took a quick look the AT-LP3 and see that it has an AT cartridge and the mounts look to be 1/2" so I think it will fit. Also the specs on the AT-LP3 state that the preamp can accept the signal from a MM cartridge so you should be ok electrically. The At-LP3 looks like a nice turntable.
mark  Nov 15, 2020
george  Nov 14, 2020
I assume so. However, I purchased it for a Teac, which replaced my old Audio Technica (not your model in question).
john a  Nov 14, 2020

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