Audio Technica VM540ML

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Cressy Snr
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Audio Technica VM540ML

Post by Cressy Snr » Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:10 pm

Nice Audio Technica VM540ML cartridge arrived this morning and is sounding really rather lovely
It is a solid, sure-footed performer and the micro line profile stylus ensures that end-of-side performance is faultless.

The cartridge is better balanced than the previous AT440MLb model, due to the fact that it is less bright. As a result of this better balanced frequency response, we get a natural presentation that is detailed and dynamic without throwing a welter of leading edges at the listener. The AT440MLb is a great cartridge, don't get me wrong, but this less treble happy VM540ML is a worthwhile improvement.

The VM540ML is most un-Audio Technica like in its general tonal balance. It's more like a Denon DL103, possessing a full bodied sound with a beautifully lit midrange, brimming with musical details. The top end is silky, smooth and again full of subtlety and like the Denon, it throws a nice, expansive soundstage

In the Mayware arm/JBE turntable, it is a state of the art tracker and gets on with making great music without fuss or favour. Tracking force at 1.8 - 2.2g is higher than the AT440MLb. I'm using 1.8g.

If you are in the market for a good moving magnet jobbie, this cart is a no-brainer.

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Re: Audio Technica VM540ML

Post by Irene Idler » Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:00 pm

Dave and I got to listen to this yesterday, and it sounds absolutely fantastic and tracked perfectly even on a difficult LP. We'll probably be putting one of these on the travelling deck!
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Re: Audio Technica VM540ML

Post by DSJR » Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:55 pm

I've been trying to say this for a while.

The German Lowbeats site liked it a lot some time back and although it's still a slightly lively balance which I think vinyl needs, it's not 'acidic' as the previous models could be and it certainly seems to flesh the bass out a little compared to the lower models if their soundbites are to be believed (I don't know the phono stage, but they test in a Rega 9 I believe). I still rate my 120E, but only in certain tonearms and players.

I also think the prices have dropped a little since launch (according to the AT UK webshop).

I'm fond of AT's in general, preferring them to the turgid, thicker 'over-analogue' tones many audiophiles still seem to go for. Viny's such a minefield though. Glad you like the 540ML though :)

P.S. Cymbiosis rate the AT520 (now £100) as a good cheap replacement for the K9 of old.

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