Audio-Technica VM540MLC cartridge replacement for AT440MLa Phono Cartridge

Audio-Technica VM540MLC cartridge replacement for AT440MLa Phono Cartridge


  • $279.00
  • Save $111

- AT440's Provenance of Excellence: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 Editors Choice Award The Absolute Sound March Issue 231, 241, 251, 261, 271, 281.

With the formidable VM540ML phono cartridge, Audio-Technica has replaced and superseded—at a more affordable price—the highly regarded AT440's (retail: $390.00) musical excellence that rightfully should be compared with moving magnets costing up to $500. Yes, it is that good. The Audio-Technica VM5440ML's excellence lies in the suitable employment of advanced designs uniquely available to Audio-Technica because of its rich technical history and production capabilities:


Audio-Technica's Vector-Aligned Dual Magnet design, which uses two tiny magnets to achieve ideal geometry and low magnet mass, for excellent channel separation and extended frequency response.

The Audio-Technica VMN40ML's MicroLine stylus produces more accurately rendered high frequency response with less wear and distortion than elliptical or conventional linear contact styli. The small curving rate of the MicroLine stylus enables it to track and playback the inner part of the record groove that other styli can hardly maintain. Also the curving rate of the MicroLine stylus does not change until the stylus is almost worn unlike that of conventional styli which increases as they are used. Accordingly, the MicroLine stylus has a much longer average playing life. It plays better, longer.

Audio-Technica AT440MLa Phono Cartridge Specifications
- Output voltage @ 1kHz,5cm/sec.: 4mV
- Dynamic compliance (x10-6 cm/dyne): 10
- Static compliance (x10-6 cm/dyne): 40
- Stylus type: 0.12 mil nude square micro-linear
- Tracking force range: 1.0 - 1.8 g
- Tracking force recommended: 1.4 g (14 mN)
- Vertical tracking angle: 20°
- Coil impedance @ 1kHz: 3.2k ohm
- Coil inductance @ 1kHz: 490 mH
- Recommended load resistance: 47k ohms
- Color: Black/Violet
- Weight: 6.5 g
- Dimensions (mm): H17.3 × W16 × D28.2
- Stylus replacement: Audio-Technica ATN440MLA
- Accessories included: Screwdriver, screws, nuts, headshell wires


Audio-Technica VM540ML cartridge specifications
- Type: VM
- Frequency response: 20 ~ 27,000 Hz
- Output voltage: 4.0 mV (1kHz, 5 cm/sec.)
- Channel separation: 30 dB (1kHz)
- Output balance: 1.0 dB (1kHz)
- Tracking force: 1.8 ~ 2.2 g (2.0 g standard)
- Coil impedance: 2.7 kΩ (1kHz)
- DC resistance: 800 Ω
- Load impedance: 47 kΩ
- Load capacitance: 100 ~ 200 pF
- Coil inductance: 460 mH (1kHz)
- Static compliance: 40 × 10-6 cm/dyne
- Dynamic compliance: 10 × 10-6 cm/dyne (100Hz)
- Stylus: Nude Microline (2.2 × 0.12 mil)
- Cantilever: Aluminum tapered pipe
- Vertical tracking angle: 23 °
- Dimensions: 17.3(H) × 17.0(W) × 28.2(D) mm
- Weight: 6.4 g
- Replacement stylus: VMN40ML
- Accessories: Cartridge installation screws 5mm × 2, 10 mm × 2, Washer × 2, Hexagon nut × 2, Non-magnetic screwdriver × 1, Brush × 1, Lead wire set × 1

Note: Specifications are subject to change without notice.



Stay in the loop with LP Tunes sales, promotions & deals!

★ Reviews ★

Let customers speak for us

3427 reviews
9.1 Belt

Works great and a good value.

BASIS 2001 Turntable Replacement Belt
william levitanus (New York, US)

The replacement belt was a perfect fit.
Received it in a few days



Great quality....fits great....thanks

Replacement for Sears 91827 stylus
Brent Shoemaker (Arlington, US)
Exactly what I needed for my 70’s record player

Perfect fit - thanks

Excellent product

Have tried the replacements from the uk and all were sub standard. This one however coming in from America is a different matter. Sound quality is fantastic what a difference from British products. One drawback was delivery charges.

Stylus for Emerson A25 turntable
Darlene Huebner (Austin, US)
Right fit needle

The needle for our Emerson record player is great.

Just what I wanted and needed! Delivered quickly - thank you!

Fantastic upgrade! Really does open up the sound!

I am so happy I learned about this upgrade. Worth every penny!

Thank you for making this!