Stellar Realism: Ortofon Verismo MC Phono Cartridge Features Titanium Housing and a Replicant 100 Diamond Stylus To Offer Accurate Reproduction, Extended Frequency Range, and Low Distortion
When audio expert Michael Fremer wrote about the "cartridge-design renaissance," one product he highlighted was the Ortofon Verismo MC phono cartridge. Belonging to the company's Exclusive Series, the Verismo moving-coil cartridge exemplifies how cutting-edge technology has resulted in stunning new levels of sonic dynamics, detail, and resolution. The Verismo was developed by Ortofon engineers, based on extensive expertise in the areas of vibration properties, materials characteristics, magnetism, and mechanical design. This state-of-the-art cartridge will allow your system to achieve stellar realism.
The housing of the Verismo cartridge is made of 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.
Another proprietary element is 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.
In the Verismo, the cartridge's contact with the tonearm takes place through three well-defined contact points positioned on the top side of the cartridge. This means that the mechanical integration of the cartridge and the tonearm is always ideal, resulting in amazing dynamics, resolution, and detail.
With optimized weight and moderate compliance to suit the majority of modern tonearms, the Verismo is compatible with a vast array of contemporary high-end turntables.
"Set up properly, you'll never find the Verismo boring—or strident. It sings in a timbrally neutral voice that doesn't call attention to itself.... Much as with loudspeakers, we're in a cartridge-design renaissance. Modern materials and construction techniques are allowing designers to achieve (if they desire) timbral neutrality, detail resolution heretofore unavailable, and—especially—dynamic contrasts that come closer than ever to delivering the medium's full potential and realistic sound. Enjoy 'romantic' sound? The MC Verismo can deliver that, too—if it's on the recording."
—Michael Fremer, Stereophile
"Ortofon's MC Verismo revealed a level of grandeur that was evident even through smaller systems.... It is nothing short of sensational."
—Ken Kessler, Hi-Fi News, Outstanding Product review
"Where the Verismo really shines is both in its very flat frequency response (within ±1.5dB from 20Hz-20kHz), showing some additional low bass 'heft,' and its fine lateral/vertical symmetry.... This ensures the Verismo creates a tonally balanced soundfield, in both width and depth."
—Paul Miller, Hi-Fi News, Lab Report, Outstanding Product review
Stylus Protection Guard
The stylus guard provided for the Verismo is designed to be easily replaced and removed without risking contact to the fragile stylus assembly. To avoid accidental damage to the stylus or cantilever, it is recommended that you mount the enclosed stylus guard onto the cartridge whenever the cartridge is not in use. The stylus guard should also be attached during mounting or removal of the cartridge.
What's in a Name? Truth
The name Verismo is derived from the Italian "vero," meaning "true," and is an Italian term for "realism." Verismo was a post-Romantic operatic genre that had its origins in an Italian literary movement in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Verismo's operatic tradition is associated with Italian composers such as Pietro Mascagni, Ruggero Leoncavallo, Umberto Giordano, Francesco Cilea, and Giacomo Puccini, who sought to portray the world with greater realism.
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 color: Silver
Cartidge weight: 9.5 g
User Manual (PDF, 1.8 MB)