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Headshell/Cartridge Combo Kit

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

  • Overview

    The VM530EN/H combo kit includes the VM530EN elliptical nude dual moving magnet cartridge premounted on the AT-HS10BK universal 1/2"-mount headshell.

    The VM530EN is a top-end elliptical stylus cartridge 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 VM530EN 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 lightweight 0.3 x 0.7 mil elliptical nude stylus reduces the execution mass of the vibration system, enabling fuller frequency reproduction and less tracking distortion than a bonded stylus. Includes mounting hardware.

  • Features

    • VM dual magnet cartridge with 0.3 x 0.7 mil elliptical nude 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 20-25,000 Hz
    Channel Separation 27 dB (1 kHz)
    Vertical Tracking Angle23°
    Vertical Tracking Force 1.8-2.2 g (2.0 g standard)
    Stylus Construction Nude 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 VMN30EN

  • Reviews

  • Q & A

    I ordered a VM530EN/H Headshell/Cartridge Combo KitI What gram weight should be on the record? Thanks...


    The tracking force should be set 1.8-2.2 g (2.0 g standard)


    I am confused about whether I need to buy this combo kit or if I can just buy the cartridge to replace the cartridge on my AT-LP-3 turntable. Could you please clarify?


    You will want to purchase the VM530EN cartridge separately and use with the AT-LP3 headshell.


    will this fit a dual 1229 tonearm? I am missing the cartridge shell for it and would this be a good fit for that tonearm. I am sort of a complete newbie after forty years of not using vintage stereo equip. Thank you


    Thank you for your inquiry. I do not believe so. This appears to have a proprietary headshell.


    Is the VM530EN/H Headshell/Cartridge Combo Kit compatible with AT-LP5 Turntable. Thanks


    Yes, you may use the VM530EN/H with the AT-LP5.


    Is this a direct replacement for my Technics 1600 turntable. If not what is?


    You will need to contact your turntable manufacture to inquire which cartridge came with your turntable (if any) to determine what would be the most comparable cartridge.


    Is this combo compatible with my teac tn300 and does it need to be aligned?


    You may use the VM530EN/H Headshell combo with a standard 1/2 inch mounted tone arms. The cartridges come aligned for an AT Turntable but I would always recommend aligning yourself to your turntable's specifications.


    Can this come already put together? Is it compatible with the AT-LP 120?


    It does come put together and is compatible with our AT-LP120-USB Turntable.