Description and Design Goals
On his web site, Mr. Park says he sets out to reproduce music in the same way it was cut into the vinyl. Just like all LPs are produced on a cutting lathe’s cutter head; he believes that vinyl should be reproduced by a cartridge and stylus made as close as possible to the way the cutter head mechanism was made.
Mr. Park also points out that while many cartridge manufacturers boast of using special materials in their design, he had rather use a superior conception with excellent construction. So what is different about the Verito Z? Where conventional MC cartridges use iron core to compensate for the tiny movement of the coils, some manufactures boast of their iron’s pureness; but oftentimes the cutter head has no iron at all in its movement section. So Mr. Park designed the Verito Z so that it doesn’t either. He points out that iron is about 9 times heavier than poly carbonate, so conventional iron coils block cannot react as fast or with the same agility to the grooves of a LP.
Also, because lighter mass of the Verito Z’s coils can be placed nearer the stylus, that results in more detail, decay, and a faster sound.
Setup and Break In
I used the Verito Z with both my Clearaudio Carbon Fiber Satisfy tonearm and in the VPI 12.7 I had in for review. Both tonearms were mounted on my Clearaudio Wood Anniversary CMB turntable. The Verito Z worked equally well in both arms, but with slightly different ways. Still, it was very straightforward to mount and fine-tune. The Verito Z has recommended tracking force of two grams. I started with that, but found 2.1 to be perfect in my system. I first tried plugging the Verito Z straight into the Shindo Masseto’s built-in step-up transformer, but as I had figured, this loaded the cartridge down too much. Then, I plugged it into the Auditorium 23 step up transformer (review to come) connected to the moving magnet input of the Masseto. This turned out to be a match made in heaven.
The rest of the reference system the Verito was played in consisted of a Wavac EC300B amp powering a pair of Teresonic Ingenium Silver speakers, using Lowther DX4 Silver drivers. I used the Teresonic Clarison 24-karat Gold interconnects and the Clarison copper speaker wire, and Audience’s new Au24 powerChords. For power conditioning I used the Audience aR6p-T.
The Verito sounded very good after a couple of albums, but after about 50 hour it really all came together. The bass came in and the very good soundstage began to reveal itself. They both continued to improve and became stabilized after about 100 hours.
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