Goldring Eroica HX High-Output Moving Coil Cartridge Announced
Eroica HX from Goldring is the newest moving coil (MC) cartridge and sits aside the Eroica LX in the audio specialist's heroic range (Eroica being 'heroic' in Italian).
The Eroica HX's superpower is that this high-performance high-output cartridge promises to deliver “a stunning moving coil performance from a moving magnet input” and even shares the price point of a decent moving magnet cartridge.
Thanks to a new pure-iron cross-armature wound with numerous ultra-fine enamelled-copper windings, the Eroica HX boasts a 2.5 mV output. This, alongside the matched impedance, are sufficient for the MC cartridge to work with a standard 47 kΩ MM phono input without compromising the low crosstalk that moving coil designs are prized for. Additionally, according to the brand, the cross-shape design can separate left and right stereo channels (better than 25 dB @ 1 kHz quoted channel separation) far more effectively than the moving magnet alternative.
The stylus is tipped with a Gyger II diamond sporting a tiny five-micron playing radius. Goldring says that the upshot is that it can trace frequencies as high as 50kHz (low-frequency range stated as 10 Hz) without distortion, and thanks to the cross-armature's low mass, it can react to musical transients with absolute precision.
The cartridge body is constructed from Pocan, a light, rigid material with no input into the sound and brings the cartridge mass to 5.2 g (without fixings). The body is also a standard size enabling it to be mounted using common fixings above or below the headshell.
Goldring says that all you have to do is install it in place of your old moving magnet cartridge, set the tracking weight between 1.5 and 2.0 g (1.75 g nom.) and enjoy improved dynamics, enhanced stereo imaging and controlled, distortion-free high-frequencies immediately. Best of all, you won't need additional equipment or system adjustments.
The Goldring Eroica HX moving coil cartridge will be released in June, and debut at the High End Show 2022 in Munich (May 18th-22nd) at the Q Acoustics stand - A 4.1, F110. Australian pricing has not yet been confirmed.
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