Goldring introduces new Special Edition flagship Ethos moving coil cartridge

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Goldring, introduces Ethos SE – a special edition of its award-winning Ethos model. Sitting at the very top of Goldring’s range of moving coil cartridges, Ethos
SE is said to combine uncompromising engineering with unique new features to produce a cartridge of exquisite sound reproduction capabilities.

Whats new, the Ethos SE includes pure silver coils, a low reluctance pole shoes and a black anodized, aircraft-grade aluminium body.

New pure silver coils
Reducing the effective tip mass of any phonograph pick-up will enhance its performance. The Ethos SE relies on Ag 9999 pure silver coil windings which have very low internal resistance and lower mass because fewer windings are used. The coils therefore have a significantly lower mass than our standard copper windings. This means the Ethos SE is better able to negotiate or ‘track’ the record groove without losing contact. The upshot is greater transient response, a reduction in resonance
throughout the audio band, and flatter overall frequency response.

Low-mass cross-armature
By using high permeability Swedish iron in a low-mass cross-shape, rather than the conventional (and heavier) square alternative, Goldring improves channel separation and delivers an armature assembly that can produce an extraordinarily realistic stereo soundstage. High frequency detail levels are improved, distortion is reduced, and mis-tracking is all-but eliminated.

Vital line-contact diamond stylus
In order to retrieve the highest frequencies in a recording, Ethos SE uses a narrow, low tip-mass, large contact-area diamond stylus. This vital-shank, nude design has a polyhedral, line-contact diamond profile, and is connected to the armature by a stiff-yet-lightweight alloy cantilever tube. So, as well as having a remarkably good high-frequency response, distortion, resonance and colouration are minimised.

GOL-1 generator
Originally developed during vinyl’s initial rise to ubiquity, the GOL-1 generator ensures a smooth and extended frequency response. It’s still handmade by Goldring, and exclusively for the SE version, the pole shoes have been subjected to a new process, which enhances the permeability of the metal, creating a lower reluctance magnetic circuit. This serves to flatten and extend the frequency response, especially in the upper registers where musical detail resides.

Aircraft aluminium body
The GOL-1 generator is fitted into a precision-milled 6082-T6 aircraft-grade aluminium body shell. This material was carefully selected for its low density, superior rigidity and durability and aesthetics.

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Price and availability

The Goldring Ethos SE moving coil cartridge is available in now priced £1,299 / €1,599 / $1,999


Frequency Response 20 Hz – 20 kHz ± 2 dB

Frequency Range 12 Hz – 32 kHz

Channel Balance within 1 dB @ 1 kHz

Channel Separation better than 30 dB @ 1 kHz

Sensitivity 0.35 mV ± 1 dB, 1 kHz @ 5 cm/sec

Static Compliance 28 mm/N

Trackability 90 um (@ 315 Hz)

Equivalent tip mass 0.34 mg

Vertical Tracking Angle 20 °

Stylus Profile: Vital line-contact

Stylus Radius 35 x 8 μm (0.3 mil)

Stylus Type Non-Replaceable (re-tip service available see website)

Load Resistance 100 Ω

Load Capacitance 100 – 500 pF

Internal Inductance 3.5 uH

Internal Resistance 3.8 Ω

Cartridge Mass 7.7 g

Cartridge Mass (inc. fixings) 8.5 g (without stylus cover)

Fixing Centres 0.5 ” (12.7 mm)

Playing Weight 1.5 – 2.0 g (1.75 g recommended)