Audio-Technica VM540ML cartridge


  • $279.00


Audio Technica's VM540ML cartridge improves upon and continues the highly regarded and best-buy rated lineage of the AT440ML series.

It features a MicroLine stylus which enables extremely accurate groove tracking. Distorion is low even on the inner circumference of a record because the curvature radius of the stylus tip does not alter even if the stylus becomes worn. The VM540ML is furnished with a durable low-resonance polymer housing. The VMN40ML MicroLine nude stylus has a multilevel shape for reduced wear on the stylus and individual records.

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
- Replacment stylus: VMN40ML
- Accessories: Cartridge installtion 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.

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Tom Lokers (Holland, US)
Clarity and transparency

Just what I needed. This cart breathes new life into old records, also minimizes surface noise. What a bargain!

Robert Peterson (North Andover, US)
Best phono cartridge yet!

I’ve owned dozens of phono cartridges, many of them far more expensive than the VM540ML. Honestly had this been the first phono cartridge I had purchased, I’d have no reason to look any further. You cannot go wrong with the VM540ML. It really is that good. Exceptional clarity and detail. You’ll hear music you’d never heard before on your records. The treble and bass are perfectly balanced while the midrange sings beautifully. Also the ML stylus is known to last well over 1,000 hours of playing time, whereas elliptical stylus only lasts 200-300 hours. Seriously, this is a great cartridge without peers, be it MM or MC, the VM540ML is “the best of the best”! Happy listening!

johnnywalker (Venice, US)

The AT-VM540ML is excellent! It improves on the AT-440MLb, which I have been using for the last 2 years. It has better bass, smoother highs, and truly superb tracking. If you've been using the 440 and you're wondering if it's worth it to get the 540, go for it!


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