Diamond needles with microlinear grinding are characterized by better height scanning, less wear and less distortion than elliptical needles or conventional line-contact needles.
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, Audio-Technica has designed the 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.
The VM95 series pickups with two movable magnets can be used almost forever by replacing the interchangeable stylus. It is no longer necessary to buy a complete pickup system when your diamond is worn out. You can simply buy the right replacement needle, but also enjoy the experience of upgrading your cartridge with a different needle. All six VM95 cartridge models have the same electromagnetic drive unit (cabinet). Therefore the six styli of this series are also 100% compatible: AT-VMN95C, AT-VMN95E, AT-VMN95EN, AT-VMN95ML, AT-VMN95SH, AT-VMN95SP)