Magic Groove Turntable / Motor Controller / Connecting Cable / SG-1 Tonearm / Tonearm Cable + £679 Ortofon Quntet Black Moving Coil
£7,300 in clear £7,800 in white, black or champagne
Let’s be honest, at over £7,000 for this record player and a decent cartridge, this turntable is not going to suit every music lover’s budget. There are plenty of very fine players available at considerably less cost. But let’s turn that the other way around. If you are in the market for a high end record player, and are considering models in the £10,000+ range, the Vertere MG-1 is actually fantastic value for money. Buy one, fit your cartridge of choice and spend what you save on records.5/5 TheEar OCT 2019
In Hi-Fi+ Issue 146, Alan Sircom MG-1 turntable, SG-1 arm, and PHONO-1 phono stage. He wrote, “The dynamic range on this turntable is phenomenal, bettered only by a few, and two of those in the Vertere range. This is one of the most confident vinyl front-ends you can buy, and not just ‘at the price’. The MG-1 turntable delivers much of what the best Vertere turntables can produce, the SG-1 arm is already a known good ‘un, and the PHONO-1 is one of the most naturally sounding phono stages I’ve heard in a long time.” This is one of the most confident vinyl front-ends you can buy, and not just ‘at the price’. The MG-1 turntable delivers much of what the better and best Vertere turntables can produce, the SG-1 arm is already a known good ‘un, and the PHONO-1 is one of the most naturally sounding phono stages I’ve heard in a long time This whole package – preferably armed with a more real-world, but still very good, cartridge – will give you such a strong taste of the top-end of the high-end and more. Highly recommended!
HiFi & Music -Magic vertere Tuntable & tonearm is a mechanical masterpiece
Just finished listening session with Vertere MG-1 Magic Groove turntable. Now, that was an inspiring experience. There is something very different happening with this record player acting as an analog front end...Mono & Stereo
Taking vinyl replay beyond what’s possible in this turntable class, Record Player MG-1 Magic Groove includes critical design elements of the SG-1 Player.
A superlative design, Record Player MG-1 Magic Groove offers fabulous performance that’s bettered only by Vertere’s RG-1 Reference Groove and SG-1 Standard Groove. As with all Vertere turntables, every individual part is custom built, and has been created using the optimum materials and highest precision standards.
A perfect match for Vertere’s SG-1 Tonearm, superbly built and a delight to use
Plays music with the intended emotion and real dynamics in a home environment
Provides an ideal platform for upgrading tonearm, cable and cartridge
Main Bearing Assembly
The MG-1 main bearing is directly derived from the SG‐1 utilising exactly the same bearing spindle and ball with a phosphor bronze bearing housing machined using similar precision engineering techniques to our high standards. The materials used and manufacturing to extreme engineering tolerances make the MG-1 main bearing silent, smooth running and second only to the SG-1.
MG‐1 main bearing is lubricated with Vertere proprietary formulated L‐1G record player main bearing oil for ultimate longevity.
Record Player Motor Assembly
Directly derived from the RG-1 and SG-1 motor assembly design, the MG-1 utilises a single precision bearing fitted to its dedicated aluminium alloy motor platform and motor bearing support.
This unique design keeps the motor continuously synchronous to provide a drive with constant belt tension. Simply put, it drives the platter at constant speed without variation.
MG‐1 Turntable Main Platter
MG‐1 platter is a one piece aluminium alloy design based on the SG‐1 platter.
Only utilising the same precision machining techniques to our extremely high tolerances ensures the smoothest running of the platter and the required inertia that keeps speed constant.
Platter/Record interface is a 3mm bonded cast Acrylic disc as used on the SG‐1.
MG-1 Motor Cover
The elegant silver anodised MG-1 Motor Cover is machined from solid aluminium alloy. It makes accessibility and placement of the drive belt easy and a delight to use.
The cover also acts as a diffuser for the two illuminating LED lights, within the MG-1 Record Player, complementing its stunning looks.
Simple, elegant, beautiful.
Turntable Motor Drive Power Supply
It is absolutely critical that the record player motor is powered and controlled faultlessly to ensure a full and musical performance of the record player.
The SG‐1 Motor Drive controls the motor perfectly and provides the platter with smooth and constant drive. Elegant and simple to use with a ‘super charged’ engine under its bonnet!
Vertere is maintaining its spot on the top rung of luxury high end turntables by diversifying its product line and adding a new beautiful model. This time the slightly more affordable, but no less powerful MG-1 (Magic Groove) Turntable. Any audio aficionado would revel at the opportunity to hear it in action.
For those familiar with Vertere’s infamous line of products this is big news. The company has developed a reputation for crafting the most technically precise analog replay components in the world. As a result the price is often beyond the reach of even the most dedicated audiophiles. To give an idea, Robb Report recently ran an article called: “Today’s Top Tonearms Can Cost as Much as a Car.” The main feature was the Vertere Reference Tonearm coming in at $36,000 USD.
Many would decry these prices as outrageous, but the truth is, you get what you pay for. Vertere products are often considered the absolute best in the market. They’ve had audiophiles foaming at the mouth in England for a long time now, and the same is beginning to happen in North America.
Why? Well, for reasons only a true audiophile could appreciate. Touraj Moghadam, the brain behind the operation, is a genius. Back in 1984 he made his first record player, the Roksan Xerxes, as a hobby for his own curiosity. It quickly gained widespread notoriety in London and since then he has only improved on his craft. The science behind the table is astounding and the materials are the same chosen for the international space station. Touraj has eliminated the usual resonating wood box and replaced it with the highest-grade acrylics that dampen and deaden the platform of the record player. The machining of the individual parts is near to perfection with tolerances so tight you can retrieve even the minutest details from the music.
When somebody hits that cymbal on your favorite record you want to hear it ring into the room. When a kick drum is struck you want to hear more than a thud; you want it to embrace you from all sides. That’s what happens when you get a turntable like this; with an arm machined to precisely hold the needle in the middle of the groove and the plinth vibrating as little as physically possible. The emotive experience is powerful.
Now, with the introduction of the MG-1 Vertere has officially made one of its renowned turntables available to a wider market. Many of these features, inherited from the larger SG-1 Turntable (Vertere’s mid-range piece) are still available. The MG-1 borrows aspects from the bearing, pulley, and so forth. Even the aesthetic is very similar, with the main difference being the slimmer body. More technical specs and product information is soon to come, but suffice to say, this turntable brings its listners to a deeper level of musical depth and richness
And the MG-1 with matching SG-1 tonearm and Motor Drive is a delight to use. Even in its standard form, with D-Fi tonearm cable and motor drive cable, the MG-1 provides a performance that is only bettered by the SG-1. However, the upgradability that is built into this class-leading record player elevates its performance, step by step, closer to the SG-1. Upgrade the tonearm and motor drive cables from D-Fi to Pulse-B, to Pulse-R and all the way to Pulse-HB, to realise the true potential of the MG-1. Every step will provide an unparalleled musical experience and enjoyment that is only achievable from a Vertere record player.
Stylish and beautifully crafted with attention to the finest details, this record player is a must-have, and one that lovers of music on vinyl will cherish.
Type Belt Drive
Motor 48 Pole Synchronous
Spindle Support Acetal Ball Bearing
Motor Mount A1. Alloy Munt – Articulated
Ball Race Bearings and Silicone Motor Spring
Pulley Super Precision Aluminium Alloy
Drive Belt Precision Ground Polymer
Platter MG-1 Super Precision Aluminium Alloy
3mm Bonded Acrylic Record Interface
Bearing Spindle MG-1 Precision Hardened Stainless Steel
Roundness / Concentricity and Finish < 2 Micron
Bearing Housing MG-1 High Copper Content Phosphor Bronze
Clearance < 7.0 Microns
Plinth Structure Clear Cast Acrylic
20mm Thick Sub, Top and Bottom Plinths
Isolation System 2 Stage Compliant and 1 Stage Rigid
9 Decoupler Sets and A1. Alloy Feet / Foam / SS Ball
Motor Drive P/S Precision Crystal Referenced
Speeds 33.3 and 45 rpm (<0.2%)
Wow and Flutter <0.02%