The New VM95 Range
Audio Technica's new range of styli introduce some new shapes that drastically affect the final sound. The AT-VM95 range has 4 different shapes. Conical, Elliptical, Line Contact and Shibata.
Thebenifit of conical styli is that even if the cartridge is "lean", is the ball surface of the stylus touches the groove of vinyl records precisely. Due to its stability, it has been used widely at radio stations.
An Elliptical Shaped Stylus
To reduce the tracking distortion of a conical stylus, the elliptical stylus is made with a smaller effect radius to overcome these two conditions and proivde more detailed audio content.
Line Contact Styli
Having a greater tracking ability than an elliptical stylus, the line contact styli will access deeper areas of the vinyl record groove. This enables the stylus to fully reproduce all content of the vinyl record with reduced stylus and groove wear. Shibata styli such as the AT-VM95SH also fit under this category.