About anyone can get confused when it comes to deciding upon the best cartridge for their turntables. For one, you have to choose between a moving coil and a moving magnet. Then again, after settling for the moving coil type or a moving magnet type, as the case may be, the main work comes to debating tens of models against one another. That is more of the reason most cartridge/vinyl users opt for a model that they’ve had an experience with.
So to speak, if you’ve had the Audio Technica VM750SH experience in the club or at a friend’s place and you want to drill deeply into the details of the same cartridge before spending a dime, you are in the right place.
In this Audio Technica VM750SH review, I’ll show you everything you need to know to make a guided decision on whether this is the best fit for your stereo or not. See below.
What’s Great About Audio Technica VM750SH?
The first thing you should note is that there’s never a one-solution-fits-all cartridge. What tracks well on a Rega table may turn out to be a disaster on a Sony PS-X60 or an Empire 698 Troubador. Likewise, a particular Vinyl may not be the ideal one for DJing or scratching, other than for home listening.
So, here’s a highlight of what makes the VM750SH great.
- Dynamic; the VM750SH is dynamic in the sense that it is a dual-magnet cartridge that perfectly matches both the right and the left channels of your recording groove. And just as with all VM series of Audio Technica, the VM750SH integrates lightweight magnets that do not sit heavily on your record groove. This magnet choice and arrangement eliminates the possibility of distortion and hum, and therefore, it maintains clearness and smoothness of a natural vinyl sound.
- Tracking accuracy; while most MM cartridges out there pick up signals via the generic elliptical vinyl, the VM750SH features the all-new Shibata stylus, a specially designed stylus that has been engineered to pick up ultra-high frequencies for an awesomely rich, bass precision. On top of that, the Paratoroidal coil choice is a highly sensitive one that improves the overall signal generating efficiency of the unit without creating an overbearing or boomy low-end signal. While this is an upside to an audiophile who wants to tune into the details of their music completely, for a home listening, you may detest how greatly this cartridge picks up the dents on your rough groove. I’d recommend that you should track ONLY your perfectly smooth groove with this one when used at home.
- Frequency response; as this is a dual-magnet cartridge, it is sensible to anticipate the massive frequency response that it does offers. In that area, the VM750SH offers an outstanding channel separation on your stereo recording groove. The two magnets have been separated with a center shield plate that performs the function of preventing crosstalk between the two magnets. This formation secures the audibility of your sound signal whilst preventing self-noise or self-distortion. Finally, the high-frequency response range makes this not only a great fit for the studio recording but also for other events namely; club entertainment, house party, stage performance for DJs, and street DJing.
- Stability and durability; the AT VM750 features an aluminum cantilever that is relatively low in density and unto it, the Shibata stylus tip has been press-fitted so that it picks up more vibration from the groove with accurate and stable performance. In the same light, the die-cast aluminum housing makes the entire unit durable and compact. This casing choice also serves as a vibration absorber and equally as an electric shield.
- Mileage; finally, at the top of the great side to this AT VM750SH cartridge is the extended mileage of its needle. When used for home listening or for a house party, you can bounce up to 800hrs of quality tracking off of it. Otherwise, you may need to replace the needle after 500hrs of scratching and DJing. In my opinion, however, I’d replace the needle with a tougher and shorter one from start. Or more specifically buy a DJing needle as a DJ.
Now, to the downside.
What’s Not Great About Audio Technica VM740SH?
While all of the benefits highlighted so far can be attractive, below are 2 downsides of the AT VM750SH that may turn out to be deal-breakers for you.
- Hyper-sensitive; this cartridge is super sensitive, with no thanks to the Paratoroidal coil choice. It will pick up whatever inconsistency that you have on an old knocked-off groove and mud your music with a lot of distortion and humming. At the bottom line, you can only enjoy the benefits of this cartridge on a clean, dent-free recording groove.
- Fragile pin; if you’re an aggressive DJ and your expectation is to scratch really hard with this one, you’d be disappointed. The AT VM50SH has a rather fragile tracking pin that’d fold up on the first day of gigging if you went for it. The aluminum pin is super thin for tracking accuracy but it losses the toughness and strength of the former boron cantilever that Audio-Technica once build into their VM series in the past.
Be that as it may, here is a list of the AT VM750SH features.
Features Of The AT VM750SH
- Frequency response range; 20Hz to 27, 000Hz
- Vertical tracking force range; 1.8g to 2.2g
- Vertical tracking angle; 23 degrees
- Channel separation; 30dB at 1, 000Hz
- Stylus construction; nude square shank
- Coil impedance; 27, 000ohms at 1, 000Hz
- Recommended load impedance; 47, 000ohms
- Cantilever; aluminum tampered pipe
- DC resistance; 800ohms
- Mount type; half-inch
- Weight’ 8.0g
So far, in this review, I have shown you a slide-by-slide detail of the Audio Technica VM750SH cartridge. I have explained everything great about it and as well all the downside of the dual-magnet MM cartridge. I can only hope that you’re finally able to make the decision as per whether it’s an ideal cartridge for what you need a cartridge for or not.