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The VM540ML MicroLine® stylus cartridge is the premier 500 Series model in Audio-Technica’s new VM cartridge line - a line that harks back to A-T’s early days as a manufacturer primarily of high-end phono cartridges, while also incorporating today’s advanced technology. Like all VM cartridges, the VM540ML is equipped with dual magnets that are positioned to match the left and right channels in the stereo record groove for outstanding channel separation and extended frequency response. The cartridge’s MicroLine® stylus allows it to trace the record groove with incredible accuracy, resulting in nuanced audio reproduction that elliptical and conical styli simply can’t match. The stylus’s multilevel shape also wears better than other styli, while reducing the wear on your records. Includes mounting hardware.





  • VM dual magnet cartridge with MicroLine® stylus
  • Aluminum cantilever
  • Paratoroidal coils improve generating efficiency
  • Center shield plate between the left and right channels reduces crosstalk
  • Durable low-resonance polymer cartridge housing

Audio-Technica VM540ML Dual Moving Magnet Cartridge

  • Cartridge and Stylus


    Frequency Response: 20-27,000 Hz


    Channel Separation: 28 dB (1 kHz)  


    Vertical Tracking Angle: 23°   


    Vertical Tracking Force: 1.8-2.2 g (2.0 g standard) 


    Stylus Construction: Nude square shank 


    Recommended Load Impedance: 47,000 ohms   


    Coil Impedance: 2,700 ohms (1 kHz) 


    DC Resistance: 800 ohms 


    Coil Inductance: 460 mH (1 kHz) 


    Output Voltage: 4.0 mV (at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec)


    Output Channel Balance:  1.0 dB (1 kHz)


    Stylus Shape: 2.2 x 0.12 mil MicroLine® 


    Cantilever: Aluminum tapered pipe


    Static Compliance: 40 x 10-6 cm/dyne


    Dynamic Compliance: 10 x 10-6 cm/dyne (100 Hz)


    Mounting: Half-inch


    Dimensions:  0.7"H x 0.7"W x 1.1"D


    Mounting Feature: Half-inch mount


    Recommend Load Capacitance: 100-200 pF


    Replacement Stylus: VMN40ML


    Stylus Size: 0.12 x 2.2 mil 

    Type: VM Type


    Weight: 6.4 g (0.2 oz) 


    Accessories Included: 

    Four cartridge installation screws (5 mm x 2, 10 mm x 2), two washers, two hexagon nuts, non-magnetic screwdriver, brush and lead wire set.

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