Vertere Mystic


Unlike the DG-1 the Mystic Moving Cartridge is not revolutionary – no wheels have been reinvented the Mystic is a combination of experience

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Vertere Mystic

Vertere Mystic

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, to much acclaim, at the international High End Hi-Fi show in Munich.

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

Vertere Mystic

Once the decision has been made on the motor system depending on the target market 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.

The Mystic Moving Coil in bullets

• The body is machined from solid aluminium alloy

• The body is mass-tuned to the generator for optimum support and control of unwanted mechanical vibrations

• Threaded body to accept the supplied stainless steel thumb screws for correct coupling of the cartridge body to the tonearm headshell

• Three specifically designed contact points are machined into the top of the body that provide the exact mechanical coupling required.

• Alignment ridge on the front top that assists mounting Mystic to any Vertere tonearm

• The low mass generator utilises a Samarium-Cobalt magnet with a low-mass cross coil made of pure virgin copper wires

• The aluminium 7000 telescopic tube cantilever maximises stiffness without a massive high Q peak

• Micro Elliptical diamond stylus tip that is designed for maximum tracking ability without compromising the high frequency response or increasing surface noise

• Bonded through diamond assembly maximises alignment and rigidity

• Wide band frequency response of below 10Hz to 40kHz

• Output of 0.5mV will provide a lifelike dynamic range with depth and precision

Vertere Mystic Specifications

Vertere Mystic underside

Type Moving Coil Phono Cartridge

Mounting M2.5 Threaded Holes

Special Tri-Point Contact

Output level 0.5mV

Frequency response 10 Hz -40 kHz (-3dB)

Coil Impedance (per Channel) 40Ω

Recommended load 680 Ω – 1k5 Ω

220pF – 470 pF

Channel balance Better than 1.0 dB

Recommended tracking weight 2.0g (1.9g – 2.1g)

Cantilever Aluminium Alloy 7000

Two-piece Telescopic

Stylus Micro Elliptical Diamond

Weight 9.1 g

Mystic in case


Vertere Acoustics

Vertere Acoustics Reducing engineering to its fundamentals, to get you even closer to the original recording

When aiming to reproduce the complexities of music, it’s all too easy to introduce even greater complication in the engineering of audio equipment, putting in place one element to solve the problems of another until the whole design escalates into something fiendishly intricate – and expensive!

That’s not the Vertere way: coming at the whole problem with decades of audio and mechanical engineering experience, plus close collaboration with the recording and mastering industry, they step back, take a long hard look at the fundamentals, and look for simple, elegant solutions.

That may sound like a simple ‘less is more’ philosophy, but they prefer to look at it this way: the best audio equipment shouldn’t add anything to the original recording. Rather it should affect it as little as possible; bringing the listener ever closer to what the artist, producer and mastering engineer wanted you to hear.

Working with music industry professionals, they have access to master tapes and the acetates made in the production of records, and can compare the way the engineers heard them with the way they sound on their record players and via their cables. Vermeer Acoustics are constantly learning about how records are mixed, mastered, cut and pressed, and applying that knowledge to the way we design and build Vertere products.

The fundamentals of a record player are pretty much set in stone, in that a record needs to turn at a certain speed, and the stylus needs to follow the groove and allow the cartridge to convert its undulations into electrical signals with what is literally microscopic accuracy. However, just because those are the basics, that doesn’t mean there’s only one way to achieve them – which is why we take a long hard look, apply our ‘do no evil’ way of thinking, and endeavour to develop simpler, innovative solutions.

That’s why you’ll find their record players look different, both outwardly and in some of the engineering solutions you’ll probably never see. It’s all a matter of stripping down the engineering to those fundamentals by considering the absolute essence of how a record player works – from re-examining the way a cartridge gets its energy to ensuring it extracts maximum information from a groove that’s trying to throw it off track over a thousand times a centimetre.

So yes, the way they design and build their products is unique, but it’s not all about being eye-catching (even if we have to admit we think they look rather good): we hope you’ll find they sound just as unique, too, simply by bringing you even more of the music


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