Vertere Acoustics MG-1 turntable, SG-1 arm, and PHONO-1 phono stage

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Phonostages,
Turntables,
Tonearms
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Products:
Vertere MG-1,
Vertere PHONO-1,
Vertere SG-1

Where the cost-cutting exercise shows itself probably doesn’t matter in context. Use it with really full-range loudspeakers in a big room, and compare the MG-1 package with one of vinyl’s big guns and the bottom end is a little reticent. The VPI Prime Signature tested in this issue, for example, has a more stentorian, deeper bass than the Vertere design. But, in the context of fast-moving, brisk and clean sounding loudspeakers that might not excavate that last octave (as might be partnered with a turntable of this price), the MG-1 frequently wins out in the speed stakes, and the dynamic range it produces in this kind of setting makes it hard to beat.

This is one of the most confident vinyl front-ends you can buy, and not just ‘at the price’. The MG-1 turntable delivers much of what the better and best Vertere turntables can produce, the SG-1 arm is already a known good ‘un, and the PHONO-1 is one of the most naturally sounding phono stages I’ve heard in a long time. I subjected all three to some hardcore, old-school Ortofon torture cartridge of doom, and the only limitation it presented was the phono stage didn’t go quite as loud as possible. This whole package – preferably armed with a more real-world, but still very good, cartridge – will give you such a strong taste of the top-end of the high-end and more. Highly recommended!

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Vertere Acoustics MG-1 turntable

Type: Belt Drive Turntable

Platter: Single piece precision aluminium alloy, 3mm bonded acrylic record surface

Bearing: Precision hardened stainless steel, in high copper content Phosphor Bronze housing

Plinth Structure: 2x 20mm clear cast acrylic 

Isolation System: Two-stage compliant and single-stage rigid system, with nine decoupler sets and combination alloy/foam/SS ball feet

Motor Drive P/S: Precision Crystal Referenced

Speeds: 33.3 and 45 rpm (< 0.2%)

Wow and Flutter: < 0.02%

Rumble: < –85dB

Price: £4,500

Vertere Acoustics SG-1 tonearm

Type: Tri-point articulated tonearm

Effective length: 240mm

Overhang: 17.5mm

Offset angle: 22°

Construction: Aluminium headshell, wrapped carbon fibre armtube, stainles steel counterweight, carbon silicon Nitride ball bearing (×3)

Weight: 387g

Price: £1,800

Vertere Acoustics PHONO-1 phono stage

Type: MC/MM preamplifier

Inputs: 1× RCA stereo pair, earth tag

Outputs: 1× RCA stereo pair

Frequency Response: 20Hz–20kHz ±0.2dB

Noise: < –78dB (AWD)

THD+N: 0.03%

Gain: 45.4dB-61.4dB

Impedance settings: 47kΩ (MM), 78Ω–1.45kΩ (MC)

Capacitance (MM): 100pF, 470pF

Capacitance (MC): 100pF-1.02µF

Dimensions (W×H×D): 21×23.5×5.5cm

Price: £999

Manufactured by: Vertere Acoustics

URL: www.vertereacoustics.com

Tel: +44(0)203 176 4888 

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