Flexibility and performance with a range of compatibility

Historically, Ortofon has always followed its own path with regard to the mechanical design of the cartridge housing, because mechanical rigidity and total freedom from unwanted vibrations in the audible range are a precondition for optimal sound quality.

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 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.

A low internal impedance of 7 ohm and a low output voltage of 0.2 mV makes the Ortofon MC Verismo a perfect partner for most MC pre-amps as well as step-up transformers, including the Ortofon ST-80 SE.

When combined with Ortofon’s world-class knowledge in analogue sound reproduction, the MC Verismo will undoubtedly provide sound which simply has to be experienced.


Ortofon MC Verismo

MC Verismo
Exclusive Moving Coil Cartridge


The name Verismo is derived from the Italian “vero”, meaning “true” and is the Italian for “realism”. Verismo 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 assosiated 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.

We believe that our legacy is best preserved and strengthened by the development of exciting new products that keeps Ortofon viable for the future.

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Technical Data

Output voltage at 1 kHz, 5cm/sec.
0.2 mV

Channel balance at 1 kHz
0.5 dB

Channel separation at 1 kHz
25 dB

Channel separation at 15 kHz
20 dB

Frequency response
20Hz – 20kHz +2 / – 1 dB

Tracking ability at 315 Hz 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 (26 mN)

Tracking angle

Internal impedance, DC resistance
7 Ohm

Recommended load impedance
> 10 Ohm

Coil wire material
Aucurm, gold-plated, 6NX oxygen free copper

Cartridge body material
SLM Titanium

Cartridge colour

Cartridge weight
9.5 g