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Vertere Acoustics launches XtraX and Dark Saber phono cartridges

Vertere Acoustics Xtrax And Dark Saber

The British company Vertere Acoustics has released two new models of pickups for vinyl players – XtraX and Dark Saber .

The Vertere Acoustics XtraX MC head  (€6,998) is housed in a lilac-colored anodized housing machined from a single billet of aluminum. The magnetic system uses a samarium-cobalt alloy, the coil is wound with the finest copper wire.

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The telescopic needle holder is made of two types of aluminum alloy, which helps reduce its own resonance. The needle has a micro-elliptical sharpening with a radius of 7.5 x 15.5 microns, the sensitivity of the head is 0.45 mV, and the internal resistance is 40 Ohms. Recommended downforce – 2.05 grams, weight – 11.2 grams.

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The Vertere Acoustics Dark Saber MM driver (€1,798) also has an all-aluminum body painted black. The design uses a magnetic system made of Alnico (aluminum-nickel-cobalt) alloy and pure copper coils. As in the older model, the needle holder is made of two types of aluminum alloy; the solid diamond needle also has a micro-ellipse sharpening.

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The sensitivity of the head is 4.3 mV, internal resistance is 1000 Ohms. The suspension compliance is low, only 10 units, which will require the use of a tonearm with a medium or high effective mass. The head weight is 11.5 grams, the recommended clamping force is 2 grams.

Vertere Acoustics XtraX and Dark Saber cartridges will be available in the European market at the end of October 2023.

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