VM95 series – stereo pickup, elliptical/naked
The AT-VM95EN has a bare, elliptical diamond needle with a round shank, which is ground from one piece and inserted directly into the needle carrier. In this way, a lighter, stiffer transmission system can be realized than with a set diamond needle with a titanium round shank, as in the AT-VM95E. The bare diamond needle is a lot more expensive, but it also offers audibly better audio quality with particularly high fidelity in treble reproduction and excellent impulse response.
Mounting without nuts
VM95 series cartridges have two M2.6 threaded inserts that allow installation on the tonearm or (replaceable) headshell without nuts. Each pickup comes with four M2.6 screws (2 x 8 mm and 2 x 11 mm) and two plastic washers.
Elliptical bare needle
An elliptical diamond needle follows the deflections of the record groove with greater precision compared to a conical needle, allowing for better frequency response with higher phase fidelity and lower distortion.