Audio-Technica VMN50SH Replacement Stylus
Ratings & Reviews
Grinning ear to ear!
by Dave in Houston -
After a very long absence from vinyl I have recently acquired a LNIB Technics SL-1210Mk2 for my man cave/home office. The turntable came with an old Stanton DJ cartridge (horrible), but I had a vintage 80's Audio Technica AT125LC cartridge from another old turntable. The stylus was destroyed by the original owner years ago, but Brian at NeedleDr told me that it was a great cartridge and suggested the Shibata VMN50SH as a replacement stylus. Warned of my dislike for noise, pops, etc on a "too sensitive" stylus Brian suggested the smoothness of the AT Shibata. I just had my mind blown by a 30 year old recording of a drum solo. Not only could I hear the drummer playing across the drum set left to right, but experienced what I perceived as height on cymbals, kick drum, etc. Horns and vocals sounded lifelike as well. I don't know all the hifi lingo and I am not a Golden Ear. All I can tell you is that I have never heard a record, and definitely not a CD sound so good. Thanks Brian!
by Skip -
Thanks Needle Doctor - I damaged the stylus in my AT440MLa cartridge and you suggested I try VMN50SH as a replacement. My system has never sounded better. This cartridge is clean, full and very dimensional. It pulls all the sound from the vinyl. I'm sure there are more expensive alternatives but I doubt the experience would be that much better. I have been into vinyl for over 40 years and I am very satisfied.