New Audio Technica VM95 Series - Next Generation of the AT95

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New Audio Technica VM95 Series - Next Generation of the AT95

Post by MCM_Fan » 30 Aug 2018 16:29

I also posted this link in the What about cheap Chinese cartridges? thread, but thought this news was worthy of it's own thread:

IFA 2018: Audio-Technica launches new entry-level VM95 cartridge series, featuring the next generation model of the legendary AT95E:

https://audiotechnicanewsroom.com/2018/ ... ary-at95e/

One body that supports six stylus types (conical, bonded elliptical, nude elliptical, line contact, shibata and 78rpm).

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Re: New Audio Technica VM95 Series - Next Generation of the

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Post by MCM_Fan » 30 Aug 2018 17:19

billshurv wrote:keep up in the back there :P
https://www.vinylengine.com/turntable_f ... 9&t=106667
Is there any way to merge the two threads? I didn't see the other thread about the AT95E being discontinued until after I posted my thread announcing the new VM95 line.

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Re: New Audio Technica VM95 Series - Next Generation of the

Post by fresherr » 30 Aug 2018 20:36

VERY smart on AT's part. They'll sell millions of them. :-)

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Re: New Audio Technica VM95 Series - Next Generation of the

Post by ttechnics » 30 Aug 2018 22:20

Given that the cart is the same for conical (£30) through to Shibata (£180), is this an admission that, at least for lower priced cartridges, only the stylus really matters and that a cartridge is as good at £30 as it is at £180?

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Post by andybeau » 30 Aug 2018 22:37

ttechnics wrote:Given that the cart is the same for conical (£30) through to Shibata (£180), is this an admission that, at least for lower priced cartridges, only the stylus really matters and that a cartridge is as good at £30 as it is at £180?
Ortofon did/do it with OM series 5 to 40

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Post by ttechnics » 30 Aug 2018 22:53

Yes, which further reinforces the position.

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Post by mamakasou » 30 Aug 2018 23:43

So is the generator going to be the same?

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Post by MCM_Fan » 30 Aug 2018 23:50

mamakasou wrote:So is the generator going to be the same?
It would appear so. From the first paragraph of the provided link:

"the six-strong VM95 range boasts the same body design to enable easy interchange and upgrade of any AT-VMN95 stylus-type:

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Post by MCM_Fan » 30 Aug 2018 23:54

Here's the link to the press release on the Audio Technica US web site:

https://www.audio-technica.com/cms/news ... index.html

No mention of pricing, but again, it appears the bodies are all identical:

"All models have removable styli and the same body design, enabling vinyl enthusiasts to interchange and upgrade any VM95 cartridge with any VM95 stylus type."

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Re: New Audio Technica VM95 Series - Next Generation of the

Post by justjed0001 » 31 Aug 2018 00:25

At least Ortofon separated the 2M series into two levels, with better materials for the Bronze/Black. You do get more from the upgrade than just a better stylus.

Assuming quality materials are used in the construction of the generator, I have no problem with the concept of simply upgrading the stylus. And, again, ASSUMING that I liked the sound of the cart enough to want to upgrade.

But, I like Ortofon's strategy better. Similar design, with a definite family resemblance, but NOT the same.

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Re: New Audio Technica VM95 Series - Next Generation of the

Post by Jdog1958 » 31 Aug 2018 06:50

Can somebody give a rough approximation of those figures in US dollars?

Is that a Euro? Pardon me, I am an ignorant American... :D

I am curious to try one when they come out.

I also like the look of the headshell - hope they offer that separate!
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Re: New Audio Technica VM95 Series - Next Generation of the

Post by Jdog1958 » 31 Aug 2018 07:17

I just noticed from the photos that two lower cartridges are China and the rest are Japan?

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Re: New Audio Technica VM95 Series - Next Generation of the

Post by Wimbo » 31 Aug 2018 09:55

Love the way they are attached to the headshell.

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Re: New Audio Technica VM95 Series - Next Generation of the

Post by vicdiaz » 31 Aug 2018 14:29

Hi,

Unless mentioned otherwise by AT it looks like the same AT95 engine with a new plastic enclosure with threaded inserts, and new stylus options.

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