MC Verismo

The link between your record and a great sound experience

Emotions in sound

MC Verismo

The Ortofon Exclusives Series of highest performing Moving Coil cartridges has now been expanded to include a new premier model – the MC Verismo.

The MC Verismo has been developed based on our extensive knowledge of vibration properties, different shapes and materials characteristics, as well as competences in magnetism, mechanical design and technologies. The MC Verismo will undoubtedly provide sound which simply has to be experienced.


The search for realism

Accuracy level

The name Verismo is derived from the Italian “vero”, meaning “true”, and is Italian for "realism". Versimo was a post-Romantic operatic genre that had its origins in an Italian literary movement in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Verismo's operatic tradition is associated with Italian composers such as Pietro Mascagni, Ruggero Leoncavallo, Umberto Giordano, Francesco Cilea, and Giacomo Puccini, who sought to portray the world with greater realism.

At Ortofon, our ultimate purpose is to continually raise the bar for true, faithful, and accurate reproduction of the recorded sound. It is to provide the ultimate musical experience through a mixture of innovation and technical expertise, creating unique value for all listeners by allowing them to reveal music’s true inner emotions.

Ortofon Replicant 100


One of the preconditions for linear reproduction with a wide frequency range and optimal tracking performance is a diamond - the shape of which is as close as possible to the original cutting stylus.

As in all Exclusives series cartridges, the MC Verismo makes use of the Ortofon's Replicant 100 diamond. This Line Contact type stylus distinguishes itself by having a narrow and long contact surface, which is as close as possible to the original cutting stylus. This ensures the most accurate reproduction, lowest distortion, and extended frequency range.

Advanced technology

Cartridge body

The housing of the Verismo cartridge is made in Titanium with the Selective Laser Melting (SLM) technique pioneered by Ortofon. This technique allows for precise control of the density of the body material, allowing for extremely high internal damping.

A perfect match


In the MC Verismo, the cartridge’s contact with the tonearm takes place through three well-defined contact points placed on the top side of the cartridge. This means that the mechanical integration of the cartridge and the tonearm arm is always absolutely perfect and will result in a significant and breathtaking increase in dynamics, resolution, and richness in detail.

With optimized weight and moderate compliance to suit the majority of modern tonearms, the MC Verismo is easily compatible with an endless array of contemporary high-end turntable equipment.

Redefined boundaries


The addition of a solid Diamond cantilever provides the best possible interface between the stylus and armature, owing to its hardness and crystal structure. The improvements found in the use of a Diamond cantilever have redefined the boundaries of analog reproduction, presenting greater inner detail, subtlety, and depth like never before.

Higher efficiency magnet system

Magnet system

The magnet system is based on an extremely strong, compact neodymium magnet, which makes the generator system both compact and lighter through its minimal dimensions.

Much like its predecessors, the MC A95 and the MC Windfeld Ti, the MC Verismo employs the special designed armature comprised of a metal alloy which is less magnetic than normal iron. This provides noteworthy benefit to the dynamic capabilities of the cartridge.

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-a-year-if-you’re-lucky moments ...

Ken Kessler

HiFi News

HiFi Test, Germany, January 2022

... 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.

Holger Barske, December 2021

... 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.

Michael Fremer, October 2021

...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!

Dirk Sommer

Golden Ear Awards 2022

… The MC Verismo offers up the most truthful evenhandedness and musical transparency that I can recall from this manufacturer ...

Andre Jennings


  • Output voltage at 1 kHz, 5cm/sec
    0.2 mV
  • Channel seperation at 1 kHz
    25 dB
  • Channel seperation at 15 kHz
    20 dB
  • Frequency response 20 Hz - 20 kHz
    +2 dB/-1 dB
  • Tracking ability at 315Hz at recommended tracking force
    80 μm
  • Compliance, dynamic, lateral
    13 μm/mN
  • Stylus type
    Special polished Nude Ortofon Replicant 100 on Diamond cantilever
  • Stylus tip radius
    r/R 5/100 μm
  • Tracking force range
    2.5 – 2.8 g (25-28 mN)
  • Tracking force, recommended
    2.6 g (26mN)
  • Tracking angle
  • Internal impedance, DC resistance
    7 Ω
  • Recommended load impedance
    10 Ω
  • Cartridge body material
    SLM Titanium
  • Cartridge colour
  • Cartridge weight
    9.5 g

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