It’s a masterful performance, with an integrated, contiguous sound from
deepest bass to soaring treble. Soundstaging is unforced and natural – neither
painting too broad a picture nor reducing stage width. It’s dynamic too, with
sound rising from a super-quiet noise floor for vinyl. And crucially, even the
surface noise doesn’t intrude; it just ‘floats’ above the music.
You could think of the Mystic, at $2699, as somewhat “affordable,” but for me that’s a stretch. Better to say that while it’s not outrageously expensive, it’s still a high-rent MC that outputs a manageable 0.5mV. Its micro-elliptical stylus rides on a tubular cantilever of aluminum, and Vertere recommends a vertical tracking force (VTF) of 2gm.
The MG-1 MkII is just the second step-up in Vertere’s four-strong turntable family, though once arm and cartridge are included it still sits firmly in the high-end sector of the market.