the absolute sound
Golden Ear Awards 2022
By Andre Jennings
"...The MC Verismo offers up the most truthful evenhandedness and musical transparency that I can recall from this manufacturer..."
By Ken Kessler
Precision manufacturing, state-of-the-art materials and magnet technologies combine in this new addition to the ‘Exclusives’ MC range – the ultimate blend of art and science?
"...it (the MC Verismo - red.) is nothing short of sensational.
...The MC Verismo, too, is the coolestlooking cartridge I’ve seen
...Bless ’em: there was no doubt from the moment the stylus settled into the groove that I was in the presence of something not just special but memorable.
...Thus the MC Verismo ticked another box, if convincing portrayal is the ultimate objective: there was absolutely no element which sounded inconsistent with the rest of the sonic picture. Textures were so believable that I am sure seasoned musicians would be able to identify the makers of the instruments being played.
...the MC Verismo was responsible for one of the once-ayear-if-you’re-lucky moments..."
HiFi Test, Germany
By Holger Barske
"...It (the MC Verismo - red.) reveals such a disembodied lightness, such a successful detachment of the sound image from the speakers, as I have rarely experienced. I find the tonality perfectly straight, without even the slightest favoritism to any frequency region.
...The outstanding Ortofon Verismo is definitely one of the best cartridges of our time and sounds incredibly natural, delicate, balanced, and natural."
Read the full review here: HiFi Test
By Michael Fremer
"...the Verismo revealed its basic sonic character to be more similar to that of the Anna Diamond than the Windfeld Ti, with an overall "faster" sound featuring sharper, more finely drawn high-frequency transients yet with a lush and generous midrange and a somewhat tighter, nimbler, better-controlled bottom end—knit together into a coherent sonic package.
...It (the MC Verismo - red.) sings in a timbrally neutral voice that doesn't call attention to itself. On the finest true stereophonic recordings, the Verismo—like the Anna Diamond—deftly places well-focused, three-dimensional images in a natural-sounding space."
Read the full review here: Stereophile
By Dirk Sommer
"...The Verismo is in the best Ortofon tradition: It plays tonally balanced and coherently conveys a realistic illusion of space and spoils with a lot of details... the Ortofon Verismo, succeeds in combining harmony, details and feelings. And the Replicant 100 (diamond - red.) cut of the Verismo makes an old record sound like new: an absolute pleasure... the Verismo clearly shows the differences.
...The Verismo has all the positive features that you would expect from a high-end cartridge from Ortofon, including absolutely balanced frequency response, attention to detail, strong timbres, a widely extended spatial representation and good compatibility with quite different tonearms. In addition, the Verismo plays incredibly exciting and emotional. And then this speed – fantastic!