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Ortofon VMS3E Magnetic Stylus

Ortofon has been designing and manufacturing magnetic cartridges for many years. At the heart of our magnetic models is Ortofon’s patented Variable Magnetic Shunt (VMS) generating system.

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    Product Code: 400041550

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    £59.00

    Ortofon has been designing and manufacturing magnetic cartridges for many years. At the heart of our magnetic models is Ortofon’s patented Variable Magnetic Shunt (VMS) generating system.

    Compared to the conventional moving magnet systems, VMS offers reduced effective tip mass (moving mass) for better transient response, lower distortion and improved sonic depth and clarity. A conventional magnetic cartridge normally uses a solid magnet, either permanent or induced moving close to a set of coils. In Ortofon’s patented Variable Magnetic Shunt (VMS) design, the stylus cantilever is attached to a very light tubular armature which moves between the coils in the field of a miniature ring magnet.

    The Ortofon VMS armature is a tiny, thin-walled tube placed at the end of the cantilever. When the stylus moved, the movements of the armature cut the flux lines of the magnet. By so doing, it functions as a magnetic shunt. VMS advantages include low moving mass, high channel separation, low distortion, minimal record wear and a superb three-dimensional sound which brings concert hall realism into your home.

    Technical data VMS 30 MkII VMS 20 MkII VMS 10 MkII VMS 5E MkII VMS 3E MkII
    Output voltage at 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec. 5.0 mV 5.0 mV 5.0 mV 6 mV 6 mV
    Channel balance at 1 kHz 2.0 dB 2.0 dB 2.0 dB 2.0 dB 2.0 dB
    Channel separation at 1 kHz 27 dB 25 dB 25 dB 20 dB 20 dB
    Frequency response 20-20.000 Hz 20-20.000 Hz 20-20.000 Hz 20-20.000 Hz 20-20.000 Hz
    Tracking ability (315Hz, lateral) 90 µm 70 µm 65 µm 55 µm 50µm
    Tracking force range 10 - 16 mN 
    (1.0 - 1.6g)
    8 - 12 mN 
    (0.8 - 1.2g)
    17 - 23 mN 
    (1.7 - 2.3g)
    17 - 23 mN  
    (1.7 - 2.3g)
    17 - 23 mN  
    (1.7 - 2.3g)
    Recommended tracking force  13 mN (1.3g) 10 mN (1.0g) 20 mN (2.0g) 20 mN (2.0g) 20 mN (2.0g)
    Compliance, dynamic (lateral) 22 µm/mN 25 µm/mN 15 µm/mN 20 µm/mN 15 µm/mN
    Stylus type Fine Line Nude Nude Elliptical Elliptical Elliptical Elliptical
    Equivalent stylus tip mass 0,45 mg 0.50 mg 0.65 mg 0.65 mg 0.65 mg
    Tracking angle (vertical) 20° 20° 20° 20° 20°
    DC resistance 800 Ohm 800 Ohm 800 Ohm 800 Ohm 800 Ohm
    Inductance 600 mH 600 mH 600 mH 600 mH 600 mH
    Recommended load resistance 470 Ohm 470 Ohm 470 Ohm 470 Ohm 470 Ohm
    Recommended load capacitance 400 pF 400 pF 400 pF 400 pF 400 pF
    Cartridge weight 5 g 5 g 5 g 5 g 5 g
    Ortofon Replacement stylus for VMS3

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