Vertere Acoustics Sabre


Vertere Acoustics Sabre is detailed, dynamic and full-bodied and, most importantly, is highly musical and addictive

Vertere Acoustics Sabre

Sabre in box

Vertere’s new high-end Sabre Moving Magnet Phono Cartridge delivers an uncompromising musical experience.

Sabre is designed and manufactured to exacting standards.

Sabre sits between the budget, but surprisingly musical, Magneto MM cartridge and the beautiful and award-winning Mystic MC cartridge.

Upgrading from a budget moving magnet cartridge involves some difficult choices.

The first and probably the most obvious choice is Moving Magnet or Moving Coil.

Moving Coil is traditionally seen as the better choice, but it requires an additional 20db or more gain.

Budget phono stages often struggle to do this well, if at all.

The upgrade involving a new cartridge and a new MC phono stage could be expensive.

MM cartridges have in some ways suffered from the majority having a reputation of being a bit lightweight and scratchy sounding.

Sabre is not such a cartridge as a demonstration will conclude.

Vertere Acoustics Sabre is detailed, dynamic and full-bodied and, most importantly, is highly musical and addictive.

Sabre high-end Moving Magnet 

Vertere Acoustics Sabre
  • Aluminium alloybody CNC precision machined from solid
  • The body is mass-tuned to the generator for optimum support and control of unwanted mechanical vibrations
  • Sabre utilises an Alnico magnet with its suspension individually positioned and aligned for maximum musical performance
  • The generator is uniquely fixed to the body via four ‘spike’ screws precisely positioned and torqued for maximum rigidity and performance
  • No adhesives used in mounting the generator to the cartridge body 1
  • The Micro-Elliptical diamond stylus tip is bonded to an aluminium tube cantilever designed for maximum tracking ability without compromising high-frequency response or increased surface noise
  • Threaded body to accept the supplied stainless steel thumbscrews for correct coupling of the cartridge body to the tonearm headshell
  • Three specifically designed contact areas machined into the top of the body that provide the exact mechanical coupling required
  • Alignment ridge on the front top that assists mounting Sabre to any Vertere tonearm
  • Bonded through diamond assembly maximises alignment and rigidity
  • Wideband frequency response of below 15Hz to above 25kHz
  • Output of 4.0mV will provide a lifelike dynamic range with depth and precision

Unlike the DG-1 record player, the Sabre high-end Moving Magnet Cartridge is not revolutionary – no wheels have been reinvented.

Sabre is a combination of experience, common sense, science and a little art.

It is, of course, hand-built in London into a stunning orange anodised finished, machined-from-solid, aluminium body.

When Vertere launched the DG-1, Touraj said:

“The job of a record player is straightforward and very linear it has to allow the most accurate measurement of something goingpast 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 being thrown about over 1000 times every centimetre of record travel.

The  Shiraz introduced in 1987 was the first cartridge that used no adhesives to clamp the generator in place and instead used three ‘spike’ screws to the main body.

Years later, EMT, who supplied the Shiraz generator, asked Touraj if they could use the idea in their cartridge – He said yes, and they do now.

Of course, Sabre’s execution is different to match the new generator and its machined aluminium body, but the idea derives from Touraj’s development back in 1987.

Specifications Vertere Acoustics Sabre

Specifications Vertere Acoustics Sabre

Type                               Moving Magnet

Output level                                  4.0 mv

Recommended phono input load    47 kΩ  100 pF – 220 pF

Recommended tracking weight2.0 g (1.9 g – 2.1 g)

Frequency response         15 Hz -25 kHz

Channel separation       Better than 22 dB

Cantilever            Aluminium Alloy Tube

Stylus                          Elliptical Diamond   7.5  x 15.5 μm

Mounting         Special Tri-Point Contact – With M2.5 Threaded Fixing Holes

Generator FixingSpecial Quad-Point Contact – With M2.5 Stainless ‘Spike’ Screws

Dynamic Compliance  10 x 10-⁶cm/dyne

Coil Impedance          1 kΩ(per Channel)

Weight                                             10.3 g

Vertere Acoustics Sabre Side View


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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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