Audio Technica's VM 520 EB MM cartridge is partly derived from the innovations and technology developed on the manufacturer's high-end models, like Audio Technica's VM 740 ML cartridge. Though a level of compromise had to be reached to make its price more competitive.
Its elliptical stylus stylus is precision-bonded to an aluminium cantilever. The motor features dual magnets that use the 'VM' technology. Instead of using one large magnet, the two magnets are arranged in a 'V'. They are accurately positioned according to the positions of the left and right channels. The VM design makes for better channel separation and frequency response. Para-toroidal coils with high purity PCOCC copper conductors improve the efficiency of the generator and offer great linearity. A shielding plate has been added between the two coils, hence reducing crosstalk between the channels.
The structure is entirely designed to minimise vibrations in the cartridge housing to make playback as precise and clear as possible. The connectors are gold-plated. Its tilting stylus guard embedded in the cartridge is very practical. Its weight, tracking force and compliance make it compatible with most tonearms.
With this VM 520 EB, you get the musicality and quality of Audio Technica cartridges. Reproduction is quite similar to the AT 440 MM cartridge, with slightly less subtleness. This is probably due to the lower quality of the stylus. It naturally has the distinctive definition and clarity of the Japanese manufacturer's cartridges. The clarity and tracking ability are great. This Audio Technica VM 520 EB favours precision and punch. Its technical features make it compatible with many vinyl turntables and tonearms.
This is a great moving magnet cartridge (MM) and a good alternative to Ortofon cartridges or Grado cartridges. Would recommend!
Frequency response: 20 Hz-25 kHz
Channel separation: 27 dB
Channel balance: 1.5 dB
Output voltage: 4. mV
Tracking force: 1.8/2.2 g
Recommended tracking force: 2 g
Stylus: bonded, elliptical
Tip shape: conical 0.3 x 0.7 mil
Compliance: 14 x 10-6 cm/dyne
Coils: para-toroidal, PCOCC conductors
Moving magnet: VM dual magnet
Load impedance: 47 kOhms
Load capacitance: 100-200 pF
Cartridge weight: 6.4 g
Height: 17.3 mm
Mount: ½ inch screw
Replacement stylus: VMN 20EB
Evolution stylus: VMN 30 EN, VMN 40ML, VMN 50 SH, VMN 60 SLC