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Grado GOLD2 Prestige Standard Mount Phono Cartridge

Grado GOLD2 Prestige Standard Mount Phono Cartridge

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The GOLD2 Grado Compatible Turntable Cartridge

.:Part of the Prestige 2 Phono Cartridge Series:.

"The newly produced Alnico magnets are more powerful and also slightly smaller, but heavier. This change lowers overall distortion, reduces output a tiny bit, widens separation, increases dynamics, widens signal to noise ratio, and reduces phase/stray ambiance distortion. Clarity is increased rather dramatically from front-to-rear sound stage"......Robert H. Levi

From GradoLabs:
Both the Silver2 and Gold2 use a four piece OTL cantilever with a Grado specific elliptical diamond stylus mounted on a brass bushing. With the Silver2 and Gold2, a machined turned generator is used to achieve a lower distortion and greater transparency. The Gold2 are hand selected from Silver2 production runs which meet higher test specifications. Approximately 5% of the run usually exhibits these specs and become a Gold2.

Grado's OTL, or optimized transmission line, technology provides an ideal transfer of signal from the surface of the LP to the generator of the system.

This technology rejects unwanted resonances and lowers distortion preserving the fundamental and harmonic frequencies of the music. This also helps keep noise generated by the motor system in the cartridge to a minimum.

Grado's OTL stylus/cantilever design makes records sound quieter, improves the height, width, and depth of the soundstage, and present more detail than previously obtainable.

The Silver2 & Gold2 are all hand assembled by our team in Brooklyn, with some builders having over 25 years of experience. With the recent development of the highly received Lineage Series of cartridges, we were able to have a trickle down of technology and bring a new technique to the Silver2 & Gold2. This updated series of cartridges offers Excellent tonal balance, dynamics, and realism, for a most rewarding reproduction of vocals and instruments. Our coil winding techniques, using ultra high purity copper wire which were honed during the development of the Lineage Series, have let the electrical circuits achieve unison between the four coils in each phono cartridge. This allows for a precise balance between channels and accurate stereo imaging.
As in all Grado phono cartridges the Silver2 & Gold2 are powered by a twin magnet system that optimizes the balance between stereo channels. All internal magnetic circuit parts are held to extremely high tolerances creating the desired stereo imaging. Grado's patented Flux-Bridger design allows the Silver2 & Gold2 to have one of the lowest effective moving mass generating systems while creating an Excellent balance throughout the full frequency range.

The development of the Epoch in the Lineage Series gave us an in-depth experience with using an outer housing as a damping device. This led to the creation of a process which de-stresses the chassis and dissipates unwanted energy & resonant frequencies, allowing the desired signal to travel freely.
5 Stars
great for quadraphonic records
I ordered this cartridge to play quadraphonic recordings on my Pioneer turntable. Installation was much simpler than I feared. 2 screws and four little plugs and I was up and running. The Grado Gold2 is obviously more expensive than the others but a regular elliptical needle won't work for quad. I am extremely impressed with the sound quality and I couldn't be happier. I will definitely order from turntableneedles.com again because they were very helpful in making recommendations prior to the sale.
Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from St Louis. on 4/15/2019

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