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Goldring 1042 MM Phono Cartridge

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RRP: £325.00


Our best selling Goldring cartridge ever, the iconic 1042 is highly regarded by audiophiles. The Gyger-S diamond delivers unsurpassed resolution and detail of fine groove modulations.

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Warranty length 1 Year
Brand Goldring

Tech Specs

Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz±3dB
Channel Balance: 2dB @ 1kHz
Channel Separation: 25dB @ 1kHz
Sensitivity: 6.5mV±1.5dB, 1kHz @ 5 cm/sec
Static Compliance: 24mm/N lat., 16mm/N vert
Equivalent tip mass: 0.45 mg
Vertical Tracking Angle: 24°
Stylus Radius: Gyger S
Stylus Type: Replaceable
Load Resistance: 47,000 Ohm
Load Capacitance: 150-200pF
Internal Inductance: 570 mH
Internal Resistance: 660 Ohm
Cartridge Weight: 6.3g
Fixing Centre: 0.5” (12.7mm)
Tracking Weight: 1.5-2.0g (1.7g nom.)

Product Description

Goldring 1042 is close to obtaining legendary status as one of the best sounding moving magnet cartridges at its price rivalling the sound quality of many more expensive MC cartridges.

Many in hi-fi, when asked the best cartridge under £300, would recommend the 1042 as there is little at the price that can match it for its musical, warm and engaging sound quality.

Gyger S Diamond

The 1042 is a cartridge for the audiophile who demands the ultimate sonic performance at an inexpensive price, with the convenience of a user replaceable stylus (available in store separately). The extended groove contact of its Gyger-S diamond gives the 1042 unsurpassed resolution of the fine groove modulations, producing an exceptionally detailed, smooth and musical sound.

Moving Magnet

This cartridge is moving magnet (MM) which can be used with most "phono" or "turntable" inputs on your hi-fi amplifier. If you do not have a "phono" or "turntable" input, you will need a phono stage in between your amplifier and turntable. A phono stage boosts the lower signal from this cartridge for use with a standard input on your amplifier. View our range of phono stages or call us if you need advice. 

Press Reviews

  • ‘The real joy here is how this cartridge brings out the depth of a recording. It achieves this partly by virtue of eliminating noise, or at least not picking so much of it up. The backgrounds are remarkably quiet, which means music has lots of contrast and really produces a believable image in the room.’ (What Hi-Fi Magazine April 2017)

  • ‘The sound is more agile, better timed and more articulate than we expect at this price. The tonal balance is convincing but it’s the timing, and sense of light and shade, that make the music dramatically more involving than most rivals manage.’ (What Hi-Fi Magazine April 2017)

  • ‘The Goldring reveals the intensity of the music without the thinness that often accompanies it. There’s plenty of punch in its detailed, taut and engrossing rendition of this music.’ (What Hi-Fi Magazine April 2017)

  • ‘The Goldring 1042 is a very good cartridge indeed, and makes the most of any recording. It’s a little fiddly to install but well worth the effort if great musical entertainment is your goal.’ (What Hi-Fi Magazine April 2017)

  • 'The sound reproduced by the Goldring G1042 is deliciously detailed... indeed, the whole tonal balance is spot-on and instrumental tones are rendered very convincing.' (TNT Audio online)
  • 'One of the best MMs at the price with strain less delivery.' (Hi-Fi World magazine)

Customer Reviews

  • Andy Gibbons

    19 Jan 2013

    Goldring 1042 vs VST-V & ADC ZLM
    Changed cartridge recently. Tried my re-bodied Shure VST-V. Bought a new stylus. When it arrived I was disappointed to find a shanked, not a nude tip. Playing records confirmed my fears. The stylus was unable to track extreme sibilants and the harsh distortion made it unlistenable. The ZLM has a nude 'Aliptic' (biradial) stylus and a superb spec. e.g. + 30dBs channel separation @ 1KHz! It produces a massive, detailed soundstage with a beautiful top end, though mine was starting to lose it's edge. Unable to continue with the Shure, or obtain a genuine ZLM stylus, I took a chance on the Goldring 1042 I was not disappointed. The Gyger S stylus tracks superbly, yielding every last detail. Tonally, the balance is lighter than the Shure but still very satisfying. A poor stylus won't ever perform properly. "It starts with the stylus!" Unhesitatingly recommended
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