Audio Technica's VM 530 EN 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.
It features the generator of Audio Technica's VM 520 EB MM cartridge. It 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.
Audio Technica's VM 530 EN cartridge features a high-end elliptical stylus. It is light, thus delivering a more vibrant playback and better harmonic reproduction. It is mounted embedded (not bonded) into a pure aluminium cantilever.
The cartridge structure is made of a low resonance polymer. This minimises vibration for more precise and clearer playback. 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.
This VM 530 EN has the distinctive musicality and quality of Audio Technica cartridges. Playback is vibrant and precise! The definition is excellent with a wide frequency response across the spectrum. It favours transparency and clarity. It picks up every detail from the groove, which is unusual for a phono cartridge in this range.
This is a great moving magnet cartridge (MM) and a good alternative to Ortofon, Grado and Goldring cartridges.
Would recommend! Franck
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: Nude Elliptical
Tip shape: Nude 0.3 x 0.7mm
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 30 EN
Evolution stylus: VMN 40ML, VMN 50 SH, VMN 60 SLC