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Touraj Moghaddam founder and CEO of Vertere Acoustics confirmed today that the new Vertere Mystic Moving Coil Cartridge si available as of now

Vertere Acoustics is best known for its extreme high-end designs loved by audiophiles worldwide.

The Reference RG-1 Record Player and the Reference Tonearm compete on equal terms with the world’s best. The more affordable but revolutionary DG-1 Dynamic Groove Record Player was launched recently, to much acclaim.

Unlike the DG-1 the Mystic Moving Cartridge is not revolutionary – no wheels have been reinvented the Mystic is a combination of experience, common sense, science and a little art. And of course a rather fetching sapphire blue anodised finish.

Cartridge Design

Once the decision has been made on the motor system and to a small extent personal predilection, the key to designing – for all but the most extreme of high end cartridges – is to balance the design parameters: to deliver a cartridge that stays in the groove, retrieves the maximum musical information and is least affected by old or damaged records.

There are of course extremes in the world of hi-fi – extremes where the designer optimises one parameter almost to the exclusion of others – and these products are often the most talked about as they are loved or detested in spades. But this is not the Touraj way: he doesn’t want a system that favours closed miked jazz over rock or symphonic over punk. He wants a system that allows most records in a collection to be played and enjoyed In his view a hi-fi enthusiast with a small record collection just does not have the right system yet.

When Vertere launched the DG-1 Touraj said: “The job of a record player is very simple, and very linear it has to allow the most accurate measurement of a something going past the stylus and throwing it from side to side over 1000 times every centimetre.”

The situation hasn’t changed except in this story the focus is the cartridge including the cantilever and diamond stylus which is the part that’s actually being thrown about over 1000 times every centimetre of record travel.