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MC Verismo Cartridge By Ortofon
The Ortofon Exclusives series cartridges are widely acknowledged as being some of the best Moving Coil cartridges on the market, and Ortofon’s are continuously working on expanding the Exclusives range to offer music lovers even more opportunities to experience the supreme quality, precision, impact and dynamics that a high end reference cartridge conveys.
The Ortofon Exclusives Series of highest-performing Moving Coil cartridges has now been expanded to include a new premier model – the MC Verismo
The MC Verismo has been developed based on Ortofon’s extensive knowledge of vibration properties, different shapes, and materials characteristics, as well as competencies in magnetism, mechanical design, and technologies. This new state-of-the-art product, representative of numerous Ortofon design ideals, truly exemplifies the highest degree of performance possible in contemporary analog playback technology. The MC Verismo will undoubtedly provide sound which has to be experienced.
The story behind the name
At Ortofon, the ultimate purpose is to continually raise the bar for true, faithful, and accurate reproduction of recorded sound. It is to provide the ultimate musical experience through a mixture of innovation and technical expertise, creating unique value for all listeners by allowing them to reveal music’s true inner emotions.
Design elements and high-end materials
The housing of the Verismo cartridge is made in Titanium with the Selective Laser Melting (SLM) technique pioneered by Ortofon. This technique allows for precise control of the density of the body material, allowing for extremely high internal damping.
The MC Verismo makes use of Ortofon’s Replicant 100 diamond. This Line Contact type stylus distinguishes itself by having a narrow and long contact surface, which is as close as possible to the original cutting stylus. This ensures the most accurate reproduction, lowest distortion, and extended frequency range.
The addition of a solid Diamond cantilever provides the best possible interface between the stylus and armature, owing to its hardness and crystal structure. The improvements found in the use of a Diamond cantilever have redefined the boundaries of analog reproduction, presenting greater inner detail, subtlety, and depth like never before.
Performance with a range of compatibility
In the MC Verismo, the cartridge’s contact with the tonearm takes place through three well-defined contact points placed on the top side of the cartridge. This means that the mechanical integration of the cartridge and the tonearm arm is always absolutely perfect and will result in a significant and breathtaking increase in dynamics, resolution, and richness in detail.
With optimized weight and moderate compliance to suit the majority of modern tonearms, the MC Verismo is easily compatible with an endless array of contemporary high-end turntable equipment.
“the Verismo revealed its basic sonic character to be more similar to that of the Anna Diamond than the Windfeld Ti, with an overall “faster” sound featuring sharper, more finely drawn high-frequency transients yet with a lush and generous midrange and a somewhat tighter, nimbler, better-controlled bottom end—knit together into a coherent sonic package.
…It (the MC Verismo – red.) sings in a timbrally neutral voice that doesn’t call attention to itself. On the finest true stereophonic recordings, the Verismo—like the Anna Diamond—deftly places well-focused, three-dimensional images in a natural-sounding space.”
“The MC Verismo couldn’t be more removed from my all-time fave Ortofon – the warmer, romantic SPU – yet it shares a distinct DNA in its recreation of majestic soundstages. But that’s like comparing a new Mini to one from 1959 as the Verismo’s refinement rivals MCs at twice the price. It’s as sharply revealing as was Shure’s V15 V, yet as inviting as an artisan MC from Japan. It is nothing short of sensational. “
“This cartridge gets more from the groove of an LP than any other I’ve heard – delivering it in dramatic fashion. For insight and sonic speed it has no rivals. Tracking is not stellar even at 2.8gm downforce and it needs the help of input transformers to sound sonically balanced I found, but such tunings are to be expected at this level of specialisation. Not a soft or warm sound, but vivid beyond belief. Anyone looking for the ultimate in speed and revelation must hear the Verismo: it has extraordinary sound quality.”
- Output voltage at 1 kHz, 5cm/sec. 0.2 mV
- Channel balance at 1 kHz 0.5 dB
- Channel separation at 1 kHz 25 dB
- Channel separation at 15 kHz 20 dB
- Frequency response 20 Hz-20 kHz +2 dB/- 1 dB
- Tracking ability at 315 Hz at recommended tracking force 80 µm
- Compliance, dynamic, lateral 13 µm/mN
- Stylus type Special polished Nude Ortofon Replicant 100 on Diamond Cantilever
- Stylus tip radius r/R 5/100 µm
- Tracking force range 2.5-2.8 g (25-28 mN)
- Tracking force, recommended 2.6 g (26 mN)
- Tracking angle 23°
- Internal impedance, DC resistance 7 Ohm
- Recommended load impedance > 10 Ohm
- Coil wire material Aucurum, gold-plated, 6NX oxygen free copper
- Cartridge body material SLM Titanium
- Cartridge colour Silver
- Cartidge weight 9.5 g