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2022 Golden Ear: Ortofon Verismo Cartridge

Ortofon Verismo Cartridge

Ortofon Verismo Cartridge

$6999

Sitting squarely in the empty spot between the Windfeld Ti and the top-line MC Diamond cartridge in Ortofon’s Exclusive Series, the company’s newest offering, the Verismo, fills the gap comfortably. Using Ortofon’s Selective Layer Melting (SLM) process, the Verismo’s body is made (layer by layer) of titanium to form a dense and rigid structure with high internal damping. Equipped with Ortofon’s Replicant 100 stylus, Aucurum coils, low-magnetic armature, and field stabilizing element, the Verismo has the added advantage of an upgraded Wide-Range-Damping (WRD) system. (WRD consists of a platinum disc sandwiched between two dissimilar rubber/multiwall-carbon-nanotube absorbers.) The Verismo has also inherited the diamond cantilever formerly only available on its flagship MC cartridge. With the new rubber formulation, WRD provides optimal damping and improved tracking abilities. As a result, the new Verismo tracks and traces grooves effortlessly, while providing an exceptional amount of perceived realism. The Verismo offers up the most truthful evenhandedness and musical transparency that I can recall from this manufacturer, surpassing my previous most-preferred Ortofon, the MC A95. The new rubber compound and diamond cantilever have taken the Verismo to new heights.

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By Andre Jennings

My professional career has spanned 30+ years in electronics engineering. Some of the interesting products I’ve been involved with include Cellular Digital Packet Data modems, automotive ignition-interlock systems, military force protection/communications systems, and thrust-vector controls for space launch vehicles.

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