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Vertere - Dark Sabre - High-Resolution Moving Magnet Turntable Cartridge

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The cartridge is a fundamental element of vinyl reproduction - the foremost point of contact established with your record.

Dark Sabre gives you a revolutionary new level of musical clarity and definition never before experienced in a moving magnet design.

Dark Sabre builds on the success of its sister cartridge with an all-new fixing formation, single piece chassis and steeper profile for vastly optimised weight distribution and surface traction. Along with its micro-elliptical nude diamond stylus and telescopic cantilever, Dark Sabre sits among the most cutting-edge moving magnet cartridges available today.

Transformational design, stunning reproduction

Both Sabre and Dark Sabre share the same generator, but a new fixing technique and cartridge profile in Dark Sabre has allowed for a profound performance improvement on its older sibling. A quad point screw formation on a newly designed, single-piece aluminium chassis allows Dark Sabre to distribute its weight much more evenly and effectively. To complement this new design, Dark Sabre employs a steeper cartridge profile, resulting in a much more consistent contact with the vinyl surface. 

The design improvements don’t stop there. With Dark Sabre, Vertere has further elevated the product specifications by employing the same nude diamond micro-elliptical stylus and telescopic cantilever found in XtraX. It all adds up to make Dark Sabre one of the most forward-thinking and cutting-edge moving magnet cartridges ever built.

The effect on your music is remarkable - producing a depth of musical clarity and accuracy the likes of which we’ve never heard from a MM cartridge.

Pinpoint design for the truest sound

The cartridge is a fundamental element of vinyl reproduction - the foremost point of contact established with your record. Vertere believes that this foundational connection between the music and the hardware is pivotal - the first opportunity to preserve and nurture the purity of your sound. 

Like all Vertere products, nothing is taken for granted in cartridge design. Everything is questioned, optimised, and developed on the finest of margins. The goal? To strip away every last inessential component, leaving a masterfully simple design that honestly and accurately reproduces each musical moment - every time you place vinyl on your record player.

Technical Specifications

Generator Type
Moving Magnet Phono Cartridge

Output Level
4.3mV (@1kHz, 5cm/sec.)

Recommended Input Load
Max. 470pF

Recommended Tracking Weight
2.0g (1.9g - 2.1g)

Frequency Response
14Hz - 28kHz

Channel Separation

Coil Resistance
1Ω , @ 1kHz

Dynamic Compliance
10 x 10-6 cm/dyne
(@ 100Hz)

Magnet Type

Mounting To Stylus
~ 9mm

Headshell To Stylus

Nude | Micro Eliptical Diamond
(7.5 × 15.5 um)

Aluminium - Telescopic

Headshell Mounting
Special Vertere Tri-point
M2.5 Threaded Fixing Holes

Generator Fixing
Special Quad-Point Contact
Four Stainless 'Spike' Screws


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“Absolutely love the speakers. The speakers do show of the recording. If however the recording is not well mixed it will show the listener as well that it was a bad recording. When they did a bond song together. However if you have a well recorded album like London Grammar or Faithless etc the music is not just fun but dynamic and entertaining. Totally recommend these speakers. ”

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“I’m loving the minimalist design. The warmth and depth of sound this turntable achieves makes listening sessions bliss”

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"Just upgraded my phono cartridge to the Linn Ekstatik. This is a truely amazing cartridge. Running on my Linn LP12 Klimax turntable. The amount of information extracted is incredible. Very detailed presentation even at reasonably low volume. I am sure that as the moreI use it the better it will get. A worthwhile upgrade. Thanks to all at The Real Music company"

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