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Manufacturer: Audio Technica
For nearly 40 years the AT-91 and AT-95e have been regarded as some of the most versatile cartridges on the market. Fitted to Audio Technica's own brand turntables and countless other brands too. Offering exceptional performance for a budget cartridge. The all new VM95 series builds on that legacy and improves in every way. Introducing the all new, Audio Technica AT-VM95C.
With all the new VM95 series you can purchase the cartridge to fit on your own headshell, or purchase it with the cartridge mounted in the Audio Technica AT-HS6BK Headshell.
This VM95 Series cartridge with 0.6 mil conical stylus fits half-inch mount turntables. The cartridge’s special coil design delivers a powerful output level of 4.0 mV. It also offers excellent channel separation and low distortion for outstanding tonal quality. The durable, low-resonance housing includes threaded inserts that enable the cartridge to be mounted to the headshell with just two screws – no nuts required. And since all VM95 Series share the same body, the stylus can be replaced with any of the six interchangeable AT-VMN95 replacement styli.
I wanted to try this cartridge as I have always liked the AT91, I have used the AT95E but I prefer Conical stylus’s. When I first fitted the VM95C I was very impressed at how easy it is to mount on the headshell, thanks to the threaded inserts in the cartridge the supplied screws I was able to mount the cartridge without fiddling with small nuts it was just a simple screw in. This made alignment using a protractor very easy as I merely had to tighten the screw I was able to keep the cartridge in position more easily than usual.I have mounted the cartridge to my Sansui turntable in a magnesium headshell.I started with the recommended tracking at 2.0gms with anti skate at 2.The sound was ok but not as clear as my AT91, however That is a played in cartridge so I knew I should give the cartridge time. After 35 hours of playing the cartridge began to open up it sounded very clear and had a very good sound.However I like to find the best sound I can and look for a sweet spot, therefore I decided to adjust the tracking and bias to find an optimum, finally after experimentation the cartridge came alive at 1.87 gms and Anti Skate at 1.My turntable came alive I have a very impressive sound from a budget cartridge, I am 62yrs old I have used vinyl since I was a kid, I have used Nagaoka, Shure Goldring, and AT cartridges for years, but these days I am retired I can’t always buy high end cartridges so wanted to try this new range from AT.This is one of the best cartridges I have heard and used in this price range, thanks to the style you can upgrade stylus easily throughout the range using the same body, after my initial use I wasn’t overly impressed, the sound was good but nothing special, now after around 50 hours use and a customised dial in on tracking this cartridge is one of the best I have heard in a long while, I have heard instruments on some records I hadn’t heard before, I really am very happy and impressed, I am really enjoying this cartridge, I may only need this one now and stay solvent, apart from stylus replacement or maybe upgrade but I wouldn’t want to change anything at the moment as I am so happy with my sound.
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