Visually, the model that I had was absolutely stunning. Constructed in some sort of clear Perspex and standing on burnt orange feet, this handsome beast looks amazing, at least to my eyes.
Review Category: Vertere
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.