Audio-Technica is introducing a next generation model of the entry level AT95E cartridge, an MM cartridge that has been in production for 38 years and could be found on many a vinyl lover’s first turntable. AT’s new VM95 series of entry-level dual moving magnet cartridges builds on the company’s heritage and expertise. The six-strong VM95 range uses the same body design to enable easy interchange and upgrade of any AT-VMN95 stylus-type.
The new VM95 series design also allows easy installation with threaded inserts, doing away with fiddly nuts and bolts, a major upgrade for any cartridge in our book. The range consists of the following models:
AT-VM95C (blue, £29) series’ entry model features a 0.6 mil conical stylus and improves on its predecessors’, the AT91 and AT91R, sonic performance with a new aluminium cantilever and coil design offering an increased output voltage (4 mV).
AT-VM95E (green, £44) replaces the AT95E cartridge and claims “improved output level, dynamic range, frequency response, and transient response”. The aluminium cantilever and 0.3 x 0.7 mil bonded elliptical stylus combine with the new coil design to deliver increased output voltage (4mV) compared to the previous AT95E and AT95EX models.
AT-VM95EN (orange, £99) is furnished with a 0.3 x 0.7 mil nude elliptical stylus and aluminium cantilever for enhanced sound reproduction.
AT-VM95ML (red, £149) features a Microlinear diamond stylus and aluminium cantilever.
AT-VM95SH (brown, £179) comes with a Shibata diamond stylus and aluminium cantilever.
AT-VM95SP (grey, £69) was designed exclusively for 78rpm Shellac records, with dual balance outputs it has a 3 mil conical stylus and aluminium cantilever. It allows archiving specialists to use this cartridge for vertical cutting disc reproduction and to choose the signal independently from the right or left side of the groove.