Audio Technica Headshell Cartridge Combo Kit - VM540ML/H

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The VM540ML/H combo kit includes the VM540ML MicroLine® dual moving magnet cartridge premounted on the AT-HS10BK universal 1/2"-mount headshell. 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.


  • 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
  • Universal ½"-mount headshell for 4-pin turntable cartridges
Stylus Size0.12 x 2.2 mil
TypeVM Type
WeightCartridge 6.4 g (0.2 oz); Cartridge & Headshell 16.8 g (0.6 oz)
Mounting FeatureHalf-inch mount
Recommended Load Capacitance100-200 pF
Replacement StylusVMN40ML
DimensionsCartridge 17.3 mm (0.7") H x 17.0 mm (0.7") W x 28.2 mm (1.1") D; Cartridge & Headshell 21.3 mm (0.8") H x 21.0 mm (0.8") W x 60.4 mm (2.4") D
Dynamic Compliance10 x 10-6 cm/dyne (100 Hz)
Stylus Shape2.2 x 0.12 mil MicroLine®
CantileverAluminum tapered pipe
Static Compliance40 x 10-6 cm/dyne
Output Channel Balance1.0 dB (1 kHz)
Output Voltage4.0 mV (at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec)
Coil Inductance460 mH (1 kHz)
Coil Impedance2,700 ohms (1 kHz)
DC Resistance800 ohms
Recommended Load Impedance47,000 ohms
Stylus ConstructionNude square shank
Vertical Tracking Force1.8-2.2 g (2.0 g standard)
Vertical Tracking Angle23°
Frequency Response20-27,000 Hz
Channel Separation28 dB (1 kHz)

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