Goldring’s new Eroica HX makes upgrading to a moving coil cartridge hassle-free
Analogue audio specialists Goldring, introduces the latest member of its moving coil (MC) cartridge family, the Eroica HX. Joining the award-winning LX model in the Eroica range (‘Eroica’ translates as ‘Heroic’ in Italian), this high output, high-performance cartridge makes upgrading from a moving magnet cartridge to a moving-coil model straightforward.
The demanding nature of moving coil designs often prevents a clear upgrade path for vinyl enthusiasts. With the Eroica HX, turntable owners can enjoy the greatest gains in performance of an MC cartridge without the hassle of a system-wide upheaval – this cartridge delivers a stunning moving coil performance from a moving magnet input.
Arriving at a price comparable to that of a good moving magnet cartridge, Eroica HX is designed to work straight from the box, and to slot into your existing system with no fuss whatsoever. Simply install it in place of your old moving magnet cartridge, and enjoy improved dynamics, enhanced stereo imaging and controlled, distortion-free high frequencies immediately, with no additional equipment or any system adjustments required.
Key features at a glance:
- New, pure-iron cross-armature design for low crosstalk and reduced effective mass
- Ultra-fine, enamelled-copper windings for higher output and correct impedance matching
- Equipped with Gyger II diamond stylus that traces frequencies as high as 50kHz without distortion
- Housing made from lightweight Pocan® composite material, chosen for its anti-colouration properties
Eroica HX manages to combine thrillingly accomplished performance with unheard-of ease of use thanks to Goldring’s engineering know-how. By using numerous ultra-fine enamelled-copper windings – so fine they literally float – Eroica HX has output sufficient to work with moving magnet phono inputs without compromising the low crosstalk that moving coil designs are prized for.
And by deploying a new pure-iron cross-armature, the copper windings have a permeable path for the parallel magnetic field in which to operate, resulting in greater output and correct impedance matching. In addition, the cross-shape design can separate left and right stereo channels far more effectively than the moving magnet alternative. Eroica HX’s Gyger II diamond stylus has a tiny five micron playing radius, which means it can trace frequencies as high as 50kHz without distortion, and thanks to the cross-armature’s low mass it can react to musical transients with absolute precision.
This is, unsurprisingly, a delicate mechanism. So Goldring has ensured it’s fully protected by enclosing it in a light, rigid and attractive housing formed from Pocan®. As well as the benefits of its light weight and stiffness, Pocan® has no input into the sound the cartridge makes.
Eroica HX is compatible with virtually all tonearms, no matter if they’re straight, S-shaped or J-shaped, and no matter if they’re made from aluminium or carbon-fibre. Its standard size fitment means it can be mounted using standard fixings, from above or below the headshell. And it’s among the most obvious and cost-effective upgrades you can make to your vinyl audio system.
The Goldring Eroica HX moving coil cartridge is available in June priced £549 / €699 / $899.
Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz ± 3 dB
Frequency Range: 10 Hz – 50 kHz
Channel Balance: within 1 dB @ 1 kHz
Channel Separation: Better than 25 dB @ 1 kHz
Sensitivity: 2.5 mV ± 1 dB, 1 kHz @ 5 cm/sec
Static Compliance: 25 mm/N
Trackability: 85 um (@ 315 Hz)
Equivalent tip mass: 0.4 mg
Vertical Tracking Angle: 22 °
Stylus Radius: Gyger II
Stylus Type: Non-Replaceable (re-tip service available see website)
Load Resistance: 47 kΩ
Load Capacitance: 100 – 500 pF
Internal Inductance: 0.13 mH
Internal Resistance: 35 Ω
Cartridge Mass: 5.2 g
Cartridge Mass (inc. fixings): 6.6 g
Fixing Centre: 0.5 ” (12.7 mm)
Playing Weight: 1.5 – 2.0 g (1.75 g nom.)