Established in 1962, Audio-Technica is a worldwide group of companies devoted to the design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of audio equipment. Initially known for state-of-the-art phonograph cartridges, Audio-Technica now creates high-performance microphones, headphones, wireless systems, mixers and electronic products for home and professional use.
New VM Series Moving Magnet Cartridges
Audio Technica's latest range of cartridges are designed utilising their high-performance para-toroidal coil structure.
Toroidal ring coils are separated by a centre magnetic shield for complete electrical channel separation. As a result, the new Dual Moving Magnet cartridge series offers audiophiles a delicate-yet-stable sound performance at affordable price positions.
The entire range features interchangeable styli and a clear upgrade path to achieve continued performance increases.
Analogous to the cutter head
A cutter head carves out the record grooves. The modulations in the groove are "analogue" mechanical equivalents of the original audio signals. To "read“ these modulations, Audio-Technica developed the internationally-patented Dual Magnet design which duplicates the structure of the cutter head.
Instead of using a single, large magnet, the two magnets are arranged in the shape of a "V". The two magnets are positioned precisely to match the positions of the left and right channels in the stereo groove walls.
Consequently, the VM design ensures outstanding channel separation, extended frequency response and superb tracking.
Para-toroidal generating system delivers substantial improvements
The new VM cartridges differ in their styli design, but all share the basic construction of their generating systems (cartridge body).
On the Para-toroidal generating system, since leakage of magnetic flux in this continuous and unitised magnetic circuit is low, a superb linearity can be obtained. Permeability of the cores is also optimised through the use of laminated cores.
Centre shield plate between stereo channels
Aperam alloy centre shield plate enables the effective separation of left and right channels, suppressing electrical crosstalk to below 40dB. This is similar to the actual crosstalk value found in the grooves of the record itself.
6N-OFC Coil Wire
OFC - Oxygen Free Copper - is electronically refined to reduce the level of oxygen: 6N-OFC is more than 99.99997% pure oxygen free copper. This highly sophisticated coil wire material enables the cartridges to pick up an enormous amount of information from the vinyl grooves and provide high resolution audio with a powerful sound image.
700 Series Moving Magnet Cartridges
Top-end model fitted with the die-cast aluminium alloy housing. The body reduces unwanted vibration and enhances the superior sound quality of high-performance line contact styli.
500 Series Moving Magnet Cartridges
Standard cartridge body fitted with the para-toroidal coils, centre shield plate, and 6N-OFC coil wire (as used in the 700 series).
600 Series Moving Magnet Mono Cartridges
Specialised mono body with internal wiring which is dedicated to monaural sound.
AT Series Moving Magnet Cartridges
Moving Coil Cartridges