VM540ML/H

Headshell/Cartridge Combo Kit

MSRP* US$289.00
One-Year Limited End-User Warranty

*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. Actual selling price may vary; please check with an authorized Audio-Technica dealer.



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  • Features
  • Specifications
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  • Q & A

  • Overview

    The VM540ML/H combo kit includes the VM540ML MicroLine® dual moving magnet cartridge premounted on the AT-HS10BK universal 1/2"-mount headshell.

    The VM540ML MicroLine® stylus cartridge is the premier 500 Series model in Audio-Technica’s new VM cartridge line – a line that harks back to A-T’s early days as a manufacturer primarily of high-end phono cartridges, while also incorporating today’s advanced technology. 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’s multilevel shape also wears better than other styli, while reducing the wear on your records. Includes mounting hardware.

  • Features

    • VM dual magnet cartridge 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 cartridge housing

    • Universal ½"-mount headshell for 4-pin turntable cartridges

  • 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 Half-inch
    Replacement Stylus 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): 17.3 mm (0.7") H x 17.0 mm (0.7") W x 28.2 mm (1.1") D
    Weight (Cartridge): 6.4 g (0.2 oz)
    Dimensions (Cartridge & Headshell): 21.3 mm (0.8") H x 21.0 mm (0.8") W x 60.4 mm (2.4") D
    Weight (Cartridge & Headshell): 16.8 g (0.6 oz)
    Accessories Included: Four cartridge installation screws (5 mm x 2, 10 mm x 2), two washers, two hexagon nuts, non-magnetic screwdriver, brush, lead wire set



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    • Q:

      what is the stylus tracking force required for the AT-LP120-USB turntable
      Asked on 7/18/2017 by Mike from Kansas City area USA

      1 answer

      • Staff Reviewer

        A:

        The tracking force is based on the cartridge being used. For the VM540ML cartridge, the recommended tracking force is 1.8-2.2 grams in relation to a zero balanced tone arm.

        Answered on 7/24/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
    • Q:

      This is a three part question: One is this head shell, cartridge, stylus pre-assembled and properly aligned when shipped? Two is it compatible with my LP120? Three is the VM540ML/H the top of the line in this series and will it out perform my current AT95E/HSB cartridge and stylus that I currently have on my LP
      Asked on 6/9/2017 by Frankus from Orlando FL

      1 answer

      • Staff Reviewer

        A:

        1. No, it is not aligned as each alignment for turntables will be different.

        2. Yes.

        3. The VM540ML is an upgrade to the AT95E cartridge.

        Answered on 6/20/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
    • Q:

      Hi,
      I have an Akai Professional bt500 turntable. It's pre-installed with AT95E/HSB. I would like to upgrade it to VM540ML/H and I wonder if it is compatible with my Akai Prof BT500. Please advice.
      Thank you.
      Asked on 5/21/2017 by Anh from Santa Clara, CA

      1 answer

      • Staff Reviewer

        A:

        Yes, if you are using teh AT95E/HSB with the turntable, you will be able to use the VM540ML/H.

        Answered on 5/22/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
    • Q:

      HI there, for this combination is the cartridge pre-mounted to the head shell? If yes, which tonearm type and/or turntable geometry is it optimized for (i.e. LP120 / Technics 1200 MK2 etc)? Or are they separate and mounting/alignment is still required? Thanks
      Asked on 4/26/2017 by MrSaratoga from San Jose, CA

      1 answer

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        A:

        Thanks for your inquiry. The cartridge is already mounted on the headshell. This cartridge and headshell will work with our LP120, LP1240, LP3, and LP5.

        Answered on 5/2/2017 by Anonymous
    • Q:

      I have a Audio Technica AT120E cartridge on my TEAC TN 570 turntable, and it works fine. However, I want to upgrade to your VM540ML cartridge. Is it compatible?, and what country is the cartridge manufactured?
      Asked on 4/25/2017 by wtex from Midland, Texas

      1 answer

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        A:

        Thanks for your inquiry. The VM540ML is compatible with the Teac TN 570. The VM540ML is considered an upgrade of the AT120E. All of our cartridges are made in Japan.

        Answered on 5/2/2017 by Anonymous
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