Touraj Moghaddam founder and CEO of Vertere Acoustics today proudly presented his new design: The Dynamic Groove Record Player.
Vertere Acoustics is best known for its extreme high-end designs loved by audiophiles worldwide. The Reference RG-1 Turntable and the Reference Tonearm compete on equal terms with the world’s best.
The new DG-1 Dynamic Groove Record Player is designed for a less extreme customer: one who is driven by performance but needs almost Plug and Play setup. This customer – from Vertere’s research – wants ease of setup and use but not at the expense of future upgradeability.
To design a record player that will sell for £2850.00 including cartridge when the brand’s existing designs can sell for £200k requires a back to fundamentals approach. Taking his existing ideas and reducing material quality and slackening tolerances would not be the Touraj way.
Back to fundamentals involved examining every element of the design, rethinking the wayturntables work, and removing every superfluous element that got in the way of the ultimate aim: getting the listener, as close as possible to their music.
From the plinth to the arm and its bearings, everything has been redesigned and re-engineered, developing some of the basic principles of a record-playing system while completely rethinking others.
The result is an elegant turntable that looks like no other, but draws on the engineering of the reference models to deliver outstanding performance and ease of operation at a newly affordable price.
Touraj explains the source of some of his background knowledge
“Our collaboration with music industry engineers has given us invaluable insights into the art of cutting.
This has enabled us to advance our record player design in many ways to extract the maximum from vinyl records.
For example, with his recent remixes of the Beatles albums, Giles Martin – son of the late Sir George – used a Vertere MG-1 record player including SG-1 tonearm and PHONO-1 preamplifier throughout to check and approve the acetates and the test pressings.
And they worked closely with the multi-award-winning mastering engineer Miles Showell: since February 2017.Miles has been using his own extensively customised Neumann VMS 80 lathe, incorporating Vertere cables, to cut normal and half-speed masters for the likes of ABBA, Cream, The Police and The Rolling Stones, and also the 50th anniversary release of The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club BandandThe Beatles(otherwise known as ‘The White Album’).