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Headshell/Cartridge Combo Kit

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  • Overview
  • Features
  • Specifications
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

  • Overview

    The VM520EB/H combo kit includes the VM520EB elliptical bonded dual moving magnet cartridge premounted on the AT-HS10BK universal 1/2"-mount headshell.

    The VM520EB is part of the 500 Series 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 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. Includes mounting hardware.

  • Features

    • 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 cartridge housing

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

  • Specifications

    Frequency Response 20-23,000 Hz
    Channel Separation 27 dB (1 kHz)
    Vertical Tracking Angle23°
    Vertical Tracking Force 1.8-2.2 g (2.0 g standard)
    Stylus Construction Bonded round shank
    Recommended Load Impedance 47,000 ohms
    Coil Impedance2,700 ohms (1 kHz)
    DC Resistance800 ohms
    Coil Inductance460 mH (1 kHz)
    Recommended load capacitance100-200 pF
    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 elliptical
    Cantilever Aluminum pipe
    Static Compliance35 x 10-6 cm/dyne
    Dynamic Compliance8 x 10-6 cm/dyne (100 Hz)
    Mount Half-inch
    WeightCartridge 6.4 g (0.2 oz); Cartridge & Headshell 16.8 g (0.6 oz)
    DimensionsCartridge 17.3 mm (0.7") H x 17.0 mm (0.7") W x 28.2 mm (1.1") D; Cartridge & Headshell 21.3 mm (0.8") H x 21.0 mm (0.8") W x 60.4 mm (2.4") D
    Replacement Stylus VMN20EB

  • Reviews

  • Q & A

    I have a AT-lp120usb is this a plug and use or does it need to be aligned and or adjusted to use and if so are the any headshell/cartridge combos that don't need to be adjusted/aligned


    You will want to align the cartridge though depending on what model tone arm / turntable you are using.


    will this fit and work with the pioneer pl30? will it sound better than the cartridge that the pl30 originally comes with? thanks


    You may contact Audio-Technica New Zealand for further assistance.


    Can I use this product on a Technics SL-Q202 turntable?


    Thank you for your inquiry. Yes, you can.


    what is the stylus pressure for the new 520 cartridge (used on my 120 turntable) is it 2 grams? thank you!


    The recommended tracking force is for the VM520EB cartridge is 1.8-2.2 g (2.0 g standard).


    I recently purchased this VM520EB/H Headshell/Cartridge Combo kit and I am very pleased with the sound. If per chance I ever decide to upgrade the stylus that came with this kit, are there other Audio Technica styli that will fit on the VM520EB cartridge? For example, will a VMN30EN replacement stylus, an ATN12Eb replacement stylus, or a VMN40ML replacement stylus fit the VM520EB cartridge and possibly improve the sound even more?


    Thank you for your inquiry. Yes, any of the VM styli will work.


    Will the VM520EB/H work in the AudioTechnica AT-LP3 turntable?


    Thank you for your inquiry. No unfortunately the VM520EB/H will not be compatible with the AT-LP3 because the AT-LP3 tonearm is straight and must use the angled headshell AT-HS3. The VM520EB/H and our other models that are pre-mounted onto a straight headshell such as the AT-HS10BK are to be used on J-shaped or S-shaped tonearms found on our AT-LP120-USB, AT-LP5, or AT-LP1240-USB turntables. The cartridge VM520EB by itself however is compatible with the headshell/tonearm on the AT-LP3.


    will this fit on a teac tn300?


    Thanks for you inquiry. Unfortunately the VM520EB/H headshell is not compatible with the tonearm, it requires an angled headshell, however the cartridge is compatible with original headshell. So the VM520EB cartridge will work with your turntable, but not with the headshell that comes with this cartridge.

    will this cartridge fit my AT-LP-120 USB turntable


    Thank you for your inquiry. Yes the VM520EB/H is compatible with the LP120-USB.


    How can I purchase this product? It seems I cannot purchase this off the website.


    Thank you for your inquiry. These will not be available until possibly March.