Audio-Technica AT-VM95SP

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Audio-Technica AT-VM95SP | 78 rpm SP cartridge


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VM95 series – 78 rpm SP cartridge

Since historical shellac records have only monaural modulations, it is recommended to activate the “MONO” function when combining a so-called SP pickup (“SP” or “Short Play” stands for 78 rpm shellac records) with a stereo cabinet such as the AT-VM95SP and a commercially available stereo phono preamplifier in order to keep playback noise to a minimum.

The AT-VM95SP is a stereo phono cartridge for mono shellac records which, when used with a special phono equalization preamplifier for archiving purposes (with various functions for generating a mono signal from a stereo input signal, such as Mono L+R, Mono L, Mono R, LR Variable Mix), ensures particularly low background noise and distortion, as only the less damaged groove side can be sampled on historical records – ideal for professional archiving.

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VM95 Series – Pickup Compatibility Chart

Even the best diamond needle wears out after some time – conical needles after about 500 hours, elliptical after 300 hours, microlinear needles after 1000 hours, and Shibata needles after about 800 hours.

For this reason, we designed our VM95 series dual-moving-magnet cartridges so that the styli can be interchanged and the cartridge itself can be used almost indefinitely. So if the stylus is worn out, you don’t need to buy a new cartridge, just the right replacement stylus – or you can upgrade your system with another, higher-quality stylus.

All six VM95 cartridge models have the same electromagnetic drive unit (cabinet). Therefore, the six scanning needles of this series are also 100% compatible.

  • AT-VMN95C
  • AT-VMN95E
  • AT-VMN95EN
  • AT-VMN95ML
  • AT-VMN95SH
  • AT-VMN95SP

AT-VM95 series: compatible with AT-XP series DJ cartridges

  • The XP cartridge’s electromagnetic drive unit (cabinet) is fully compatible with all VM95 series replacement cartridges and provides a higher output voltage than VM95 cartridges – for better compatibility with phono inputs of professional DJ mixers.
  • In addition, the electromagnetic drive unit (cabinet) the VM95 cartridges can be combined with the three replacement needles of the DJ cartridge series AT-XP, although the XP series offers a higher output voltage than the VM95 series for optimal compatibility with phono inputs of professional DJ mixers.
  • When using XP-series scanning needles, note that the typical contact force in this case is three grams, not two grams as with VM95-series needles.
  • The suspension and features the XP needles have been specifically optimized for intensive DJ use such as manual cueing and back cueing (forward and backward movements).
  • Suspension and features VM95 cartridges are designed for high-quality, “audiophile” music reproduction.
  • ATN-XP7
  • ATN-XP5
  • ATN-XP3

Conical set needle (3 mil)

The tapered, beveled needle with a large fillet radius (3 mil) at the tip is ideal for playing 78 rpm records from various eras.

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.

Product Highlights
  • SP pickup (3 mil) for shellac records – causes less background noise during playback
  • Aluminum needle carrier
  • Needle cut: SP (3 mil), conical, set
  • Output voltage 2.7 mV
  • cabinet compatible with all VM95 series styli
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