VERTERE ACOUSTICS: New Reference Tonearm Gen III

Touraj Moghaddam, Vertere's founder and chief designer, gave a detailed description and explanation of the new third-generation of Vertere Reference Tonearm.

Some eleven years after the launch of the original Tonearm – one that was considered genuinely revolutionary – the third generation brings additional flexibility, ease of use/fine-tuning and, of course, improved performance.

 The Reference Tonearm will enhance the performance of a record playing system to a new level of resolution, clarity, dynamics, timing and sheer power that would usually be associated with live music.As would be expected, Touraj has yet again considered zero-based engineering principles. Don't rely on traditional hi-fi thinking but bring the design process back to solid engineering and physics with some years of experience. The Vertere Reference Tonearm is wholly engineered to give complete accuracy and certainty in cartridge setup.The Vertere Reference Tonearm Gen III will be available shortly, in July, for £43,900, including the 1.65m HB Reference Tonearm cableReference Tonearm Gen III Features and BenefitsVertere Reference Tonearm has unique split geometry, where in the vertical direction, the arm has a longer effective length than that in the horizontal direction. This split geometry ensures that the cartridge can track very low frequencies cut in mono and the higher stereo frequencies with absolute integrity. In addition, effective mass vertically and horizontally is different, allowing optimisation of both for performance. Horizontal & Vertical bearings are offset by 23mm to optimise tracking accuracy and information retrieval.Several hundreds of micron-thick non-rotating Kevlar fibres provide the unique Vertical and Horizontal pivoting motion. The result is the first truly 'noiseless' and stiction-free tonearm bearing.This unique design has no noise-generating rotating or sliding components in the bearings.The counterweight assembly is fully articulated to regulate tracking weight when the record is warped – even with the slightest of up and down movements of the Tonearm (See below for a more detailed explanation). As a result, every note plays with life-like dynamics and clarity.Rigid, light and non‐resonant are keywords for tonearm tubes and headshells and titanium is the most suitable material. The arm tube is machined down to a mere 0.4mm in wall thickness on the reference tonearm, maximising rigidity to weight ratio. The sculpted head‐shell is then fuse-welded to the arm tube to behave as one piece. Again, this property is specific to titanium.The Tonearm is engraved, allowing precise setting or repeat setting of the additional sliding effective mass control/fine-tune tracking force adjustment.

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