Audio Technica's VM 760 SLC MM cartridge is the high-end model in the 700 line. It benefits from the innovation and research developed over the past 40 years. With this new line, Audio Technica is looking to rival with competitor moving coil cartridge models in terms of performance and musicality!
Naturally, it has 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 6N-OFC 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 760 SLC features a great 'Special Fine Line Contact' stylus with a rectangular section. This profile is derived from the Shibata. Its even more complex profile is very hard to cut, hence the price. It is mounted onto a conical aluminium cantilever. The very light and swift system exhibits a very wide frequency reproduction at each end of the spectrum with a very low distortion rate. It has a gold-plated die-cast aluminium chassis. It is heavier than polymer and improves the mechanical and vibratory behaviour of the phono cartridge. It exhibits a more precise, subtler and punchier sound quality. 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 good quality tonearms.
Playback exhibits all the qualities of Audio Technica's VM 750 SH cartridge. The sound reproduction is detailed, precise and vibrant. The soundstage and openness are a benchmark. It is on a par with great moving coil cartridges in terms of subtleness. The surface noise level is definitely one of the lowest we have ever heard with an MM cartridge. The timbre is also amazing. It is very authentic and particularly precise with vocals, string and wind sections. It also beautifully reproduces the venue's atmosphere, as if you were actually witnessing the recording.
Clearly, in my humble opinion, Audio Technica's VM 760 SLC cartridge, along with Ortofon's 2M Black cartridge, is the best MM cartridge that I have ever tried so far…Highly recommended! Franck
Frequency response: 20 Hz-30 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: Line Contact Special
Tip shape: 0.26 x 02.7 mil
Cantilever: aluminium, conical
Compliance: 18 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: 8 g
Height: 17.3 mm
Mount: ½ inch screw
Replacement stylus: VMN 60 SLC