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Goldring E4 Cartridge

Goldring introduces its flagship E Series moving magnet cartridge: E4. Designed as the ultimate upgrade for any modern budget or midrange turntable, E4 represents the pinnacle of E Series engineering and performance.

E4 is designed to be compatible with all medium-to-high-mass tonearms of the type found on the majority of budget to midrange turntables. And because it’s constructed using the same high-quality core as the other E Series cartridges in the range, E4 is ideal both for those who wish to upgrade an obsolete cartridge in its entirety or those who want to boost the performance of their existing E Series cartridge by replacing the stylus.

Key features at a glance:

  • New super-elliptical nude diamond stylus features lower effective tip mass, improved rigidity and better high frequency detail retrieval than ‘bonded’ elliptical alternatives.
  • The lightweight and superior stiffness of the hollow aluminium cantilever allows the stylus to trace medium-to-high frequencies with greater accuracy.
  • Magnetic Duplex Technology™ allows a more accurate transcription of the stereo groove which results in a more accurate soundstage
  • Expert adjustment facility: Unlike most designs, E4 allows micro-adjustments to be made during the production process, ensuring each cartridge leaves the Goldring factory with optimised channel balance and crosstalk settings

New super-elliptical nude diamond stylus

The E4 features a ‘nude’ super-elliptical stylus of just 7.6 x 18 microns (0.3 x 0.7 mil), cut and polished from a single homogeneous piece of diamond. This makes for a lower effective tip mass of improved rigidity, which in turn means its ability to retrieve high-frequency detail is dramatically improved when compared to the ‘bonded’ elliptical stylus alternative. It’s far less likely to ‘mis-track’ or overshoot when tracing high-frequency groove modulations, and because of its finely polished 7.6-micron profile it can more effectively fit into closely packed inner grooves. Lower distortion, improved transient response and a flat frequency response all contribute to superior fidelity when compared to any price-comparable alternative.

Specifications

  • Frequency Range 20 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Channel Balance < 1.5 dB @ 1 kHz
  • Channel Separation > 20 dB @ 1 kHz
  • Sensitivity 3.5 mV (1 kHz @ 5 cm/s)
  • Static Complianceb20 mm/N
  • Vertical Tracking Angle 20°
  • Stylus Radius 7.6 micron (0.3 x 0.7 mil)
  • Stylus Type Nude eliptical
  • Load Resistance 47 kΩ
  • Load Capacitance 100 – 200 pF
  • Internal Inductance 400 mH
  • Internal Resistance 410 Ω
  • Cartridge Mass 6.9 g
  • Fixing Centre 12.7 mm (0.5 in)
  • Playing Weight 1.5 – 2.5 g (1.75 g recommended)

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