Audio Technica's VM 750 SH MM cartridge is derived from the famous Audio Technica AT 150SA cartridge. It is partly derived from the innovations and technology developed on the manufacturer's new high-end models, like Audio Technica's VM 760 SLC cartridge.
It uses the manufacturer's generator that is standard on the 700 series. 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.
The VM 750 SH comes with a great Shibata stylus. This very specific and complex profile was designed for 4-channel LPs. It also exhibits a better sound reproduction for high frequencies, but not only! The rest of the spectrum is particularly precise with an almost inaudible surface noise. It is mounted onto a conical aluminium cantilever. Its weight has been reduced for more velocity and hence better harmonic reproduction and dynamics.
The structure of the cartridge is made of die-cast aluminium with a gold plating. It is heavier than polymer and improves the phono cartridge's mechanical and vibratory behaviour. It delivers a more precise and subtler sound quality. The connectors are gold-plated. Its tilting stylus guard built into the cartridge is very practical. Its weight, tracking force and high compliance make it compatible with most good quality tonearms.
The sound reproduction with this Audio Technica VM 750 SH is quite similar to the famous AT 150SA MM cartridge. Most of its features have been improved. It has great tracking ability. Surface noise is practically non-existent. The top of the spectrum is very precise and very well defined. It exhibits a host of details without being overly present. The mids are clear, open and airy. Reproduction is anything but dark or dull. However, the overall balance is a bit softer with more texture than the older version, already a great product! Like with all Audio Technica's cartridges, the bass is perfectly controlled and articulate. In terms of performance, it is very similar to the MC cartridge for a similar budget!
Audio Technica's VM 750 SH cartridge now ranks among the 2 or 3 best MM cartridges on the market! Would recommend! Franck
Frequency response: 20 Hz-27 kHz
Channel separation: 30 dB
Channel balance: 1. dB
Output voltage: 4. mV
Tracking force: 1.8/2.2 g
Recommended tracking force: 2 g
Stylus tip shape: 0.26 x 02.7 mil
Cantilever: aluminium, conical
Compliance: 18 x 10-6 cm/dyne
Coils: para-toroidal, conductors (6N-OFC)
Moving magnet: VM dual magnet
Load impedance: 47 kOhms
Load capacitance: 100-200 pF
Cartridge weight: 8 g
Height: 17.3 mm
Mount: ½ inch screw
Replacement stylus: VMN 50 SH/ VMN 60 SLC