Audio-Technica AT-VM95SH Dual Moving Magnet Cartridge

Hear more detail in your records! The Audio-Technica AT-VM95SH is a high-performance turntable cartridge with great channel separation and low distortion.

This Audio-Technica AT-VM95SH Dual Moving Magnet Cartridge with 2.7 x 0.26 mil Shibata stylus fits half-inch mount turntables. The cartridge offers excellent channel separation and low distortion for outstanding tonal quality. The durable, low-resonance housing includes threaded inserts that enable the cartridge to be mounted to the headshell with just two screws -- no nuts required. And since all VM95 Series share the same body, the stylus can be replaced with any of the six interchangeable AT-VMN95 replacement styli.

The AT-VM95SH/H combo kit includes the AT-VM95SH dual moving magnet cartridge pre-mounted on the AT-HS6BK headshell.


- VM95 Series dual magnet cartridge with 2.7 x 0.26 mil Shibata stylus
- Aluminum cantilever
- Durable low-resonance polymer housing
- Threaded inserts in cartridge body enable cartridge to be mounted to headshell with just two screws -- no nuts required
- Compatible with any AT-VMN95 replacement stylus
WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -

- Frequency Response: 20-25,000 Hz
- Channel Separation: 23 (dB at 1 kHz)
- Vertical Tracking Force: 1.8-2.2 g (2.0 g standard)
- Stylus Construction: Nude square shank
- Recommended Load Impedance: 47,000 ohms
- Output: 3.5 mV (1 kHz, 5 cm/sec.)
- Channel Balance: 1.5 dB (1 kHz)
- Stylus Shape: 2.7 x 0.26 mil Shibata
- Cantilever: Aluminum pipe
- Mount: Half-inch
- Replacement Stylus: AT-VMN95SH
- Coil Impedance: 3.3 k ohms (1 kHz)
- DC Resistance: 485 ohms
- Load Capacitance: 100 to 200 pF
- Coil Inductance: 550 mH (1 kHz)
- Vertical Tracking Angle: 23 degrees
- Dimensions: 17.2 mm (0.68") H x 18.9 mm (0.74") W x 28.3 mm (1.20") D
- Weight: 6.1 g (0.22 oz)
- Accessories Included: Two 11 mm installation screws, two 8 mm installation screws, two washers, nonmagnetic screwdriver
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 0.09 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 4 x 3 x 1 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): AT-VM95SH
and Headshell Kit
Shipping Weight: 0.16 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 4 x 3 x 2 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): AT-VM95SH/H

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 330-686-2600 x5000

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (2 ratings)
Submitted August 8, 2021 by Mike Linneman in Grayslake, IL

"A great cartridge for the $$$"

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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I've had some slightly better cartridges including the Grado wood bodied Statement which now retails for around $600, with a nude elliptical stylus, but, for the $200 asking price you cannot best the AT-VM95SH. Everyone comments about the bump in the mid-range and the lack of IGD, but, for me the real difference is in eliminating distortion. I've had $10k stereos and also listened to $100k stereos in detail, the real issue is simply eliminating distortion in the signal chain, especially in the phono cartridge and speaker areas as these are tranducers, and this is where the largest amounts of coloration exist. Look it up folks I've been studying this my entire life. This cartridge compared to any and all in this price range simply has less distortion in the critical midrange and upper midrange. This and this alone, is why you're hearing more detail in those critical areas, not because there is a West Coast bump in the frequency range like the old JBL speakers which were annoying BTW. Any HiFi guy worth his salt will agree with me. I bought a $300 Audio Technica belt drive table slapped this Shibata cart on it for $200 and made sure it was aligned, and now I have a great stereo again with LOW distortion. Prove me wrong with real measurements and I'll shut up.

Musical Background:

Drummer and lifelong audiophile

Musical Style:

Progressive and all sorts of rock, jazz, classical, swing, folk, country, well everything as I'm a musician
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