Vertere Acoustics Dark Sabre MM Cartridge

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Introducing a revolutionary new level of musical clarity and definition. Dark Sabre by Vertere Acoustics builds on the success of its sister cartridge (Sabre MM) 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.

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 have further elevated the product specifications by employing the same nude diamond micro-elliptical stylus and telescopic cantilever found in the premium XtraX cartridge.

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 most have never heard from a MM cartridge.


  • Aluminium alloy body CNC precision machined from solid then hard anodised black.
  • The low-mass generator utilises an Alnico magnet and shield coil assembly.
  • The low-mass generator is mounted into the high-mass body using a Quad-Point Contact with Four Stainless Spike Screws for optimum support and control of unwanted mechanical vibrations.
  • The body is mass-tuned to the generator for optimum support of unwanted energy transfer.
  • The telescopic aluminium tube cantilever utilising two different aluminium materials - maximises stiffness without a massive high Q peak.
  • Nude Micro Elliptical single crystal diamond stylus tip for maximum tracking ability without compromising the high-frequency response or increasing surface noise.
  • Square shank diamond assembly maximises alignment precision, consistency, and rigidity.
  • Alignment ridge on the front top that assists mounting Dark Sabre to any Vertere tonearm.
  • Three specifically designed contact points CNC machined into the top of the body that provide the exact mechanical coupling required.
  • Wideband frequency response of below 14Hz to above 28 kHz
  • Output of 4.3 mV will provide a lifelike dynamic range with depth and precision.


  • Generator Type: Moving Magnet
  • Output: 4.3 mV (@ 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec.)
  • Frequency Response: 14 Hz - 28 kHz
  • Coil Impedance: 1 kΩ, @ 1 kHz, per-channel.
  • Recommended Tracking Weight: 2.0 g (1.90 g - 2.10 g)
  • Recommended Load: 47 kQ 0 pF - Max. 470 pF
  • Cantilever: Aluminium, Telescopic
  • Magnet Type: Alnico
  • Mounting to Stylus: 9.0 mm
  • Headshell to Stylus: 18.5 mm
  • Diamond Profile: Nude Micro Elliptical (7.5 x 15.5 µm)
  • Dynamic Compliance: 10 x 10-6 cm/dyne (@ 100 Hz)
  • Channel Balance: Better than 1 dB
  • Channel Separation: >25 dB
  • Generator Fixing: Special Quad-Point Contact, 4 x Stainless Spike Screws
  • Headshell Mounting: Tri-Point Contact, M2.5 Threaded Fixing Holes
  • Weight: 11.5 g

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