Audio-Technica Menu


Dual Moving Magnet Cartridge

U.S. One-Year Limited End-User Warranty

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

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

  • Overview

    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

  • 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
    Weight6.4 g (0.2 oz)
    Dimensions17.3 mm (0.7") H x 17.0 mm (0.7") W x 28.2 mm (1.1") D
    Replacement Stylus VMN30EN
    Accessories IncludedFour cartridge installation screws (5 mm x 2, 10 mm x 2), two washers, two hexagon nuts, non-magnetic screwdriver, brush

  • Reviews

  • Q & A

    I've a 2011 linn majik LP12 with the project arm, dynavector 10X5,hercules psu, heed MM phono amp, br900cd digital recording studio. M audio bx8a active studio monitors, furman mains power conditioning. It sounds great but the stylus is nearly 4years old but replacement costs £450with fitting. Our budget is maximum £200 to £250 with fitting. I'm considering At 95e or At95ex, At Vm530en which is supposed to be similar but modern version of the linn K9, or At VM 540ml cause the dealer says its good!! I'm of the opinion that the 530en is going to be good and fits our finances very well. I'm very keen on the 95ex but doubt it's performance given the £45 price which suits me very nicely but might be a false economy,? At the end of the day I will have to downgrade as none of these 4 carts I mention will be as good as the 10x5 I have now. So your advice please on this and will they all work well on my majik LP12 with the project arm? Thank you.


    You may contact Audio-Technica Europe for further assistance.


    I have a Pioneer PL-540 turntable, do you think this cartridge a good match for my tonearm?


    Thank you for your inquiry. Yes, it will.


    I have a Akai BT500 turntable that came with the AT95e and wanted to upgrade the cartridge. do you think the VM530EN or AT440MLB would be a good choice or do you have other recommendations.


    Thank you for your inquiry. Yes, both would be an excellent upgrade especially the AT440MLB.


    Will this item work with a RT 81 Fluance turntable?


    Thank you for your inquiry. Yes, it will.


    Will this VM530EN work with a Tecnics SLDL1 linear tracking p-mount cartridge turntable?


    Thank you for your inquiry. No, this is a half inch mount cartridge.


    Hi Will this cartridge work with the AT 120 LP - USB turntable


    Yes, the VM530EN will work with the AT-LP120-USB turntable.


    hi, will this work with a pro-ject debut carbon DC?

    nancy the newb

    Thank you for your inquiry. Your turntable has a low mass tonearm. An optimal cartridge would be a high compliance cartridge. The VM530EN is a medium compliant cartridge, but should be ok.


    I have a 30+ year old Denon turntable with an AT120E cartridge. Is the VM530EN a compatible replacement? I see the ATN120EB stylus priced at $120, and for the price difference I would rather replace the cartridge. Thanks

    Timothy Tuggmutton

    Yes, the comparable model with be the VM530EN.


    Just replaced an AT100e with a VM530EN and it sounds very good, but would like to know how long it will take to break in and what, if any, characteristics will change.


    All AT hardware are setup to not require any "break in period" and is ready to use out of the box.


    Since I can't find any info on the AT120E, can someone tell me what the tracking force is?


    The recommended tracking force is 1.8-2.2 g (2.0 g standard)