New State-of-the-Art MC Cartridge with twelve magnets
The clearaudio cartridge range has a new flagship: the GOLDFINGER STATEMENT, heralding a new era in high-fidelity analogue music reproduction.
Its for-runner: the clearaudio V2 set a world reference standard by using a unique patented configuration of eight magnets arranged in a ring, where conventional moving coil cartridges use only one magnet. This allowed a significantly reduced moving mass, which combined with the intense magnetic field generated by the magnets led to new levels of dynamic range, detail and channel separation.
Clearaudio's commitment to ongoing research and development has pushed this technology even further resulting in the amazing new clearaudio GOLDFINGER STATEMENT. The GOLDFINGER STATEMENTS`S 14 Karat gold body features no less than twelve magnets arranged in a 'clearaudio 12 Magnet Ring' configuration. The use of twelve magnets has allowed clearaudio to use pure 24 Karat gold for the coils, wound with wire 30% thinner than that used previously. This further reduces the moving mass and provides a generator assembly of incredible efficiency.
The GOLDFINGER STATEMENT also incorporates the patented clearaudio MC construction principle, which guarantees absolute symmetry of all electrical, mechanical and magnetic parameters. The GOLDFINGER STATEMENT is the first MC cartridge in the world to include integrated EMF shielding.
The 17 gram cartridge body is machined from 14 Karat gold to provide excellent damping against resonances and features clearaudio's resonance damping 12-fingered top plate design from which the cartridge takes its name. Gracing the front plate of the GOLDFINGER STATEMENT is a beautiful cut diamond.The improvements incorporated within the GOLDFINGER STATEMENT lead to:Higher output
Improved channel separation
Increased dynamic range
Ultra-high resolution of even the finest details.
Furthermore the Goldfnger Statement is worlwide the first MC cartridge with EMC - shielding.
The best recorded, cut and pressed vinyl LP records, such as those produced by clearaudio in collaboration with Emil Berliner Studios and the Pallas pressing plant, are able to reproduce a dynamic range of 100 dB, which the GOLDFINGER STATEMENT is able to reproduce with stunning accuracy.
The GOLDFINGER STATEMENT elevates clearaudio further above the competition re-confirming clearaudio as the world leader in analogue music reproduction.
For the first time in 50 years you will see 100dB dynamic range reproduced from the vinyl record in the above graph. The above measurement, a trackability test at 80 microns, proves the 100dB dynamic range. The peak Level (blue graph) in relation to the record noise (green graph) shows definitely a 100dB dynamic range.
We redesigned the generator in a revolutionary way by positioning and doubling the magnets (to 8 pcs.) so the coils are operating in a much stronger magnetic field. Furthermore we have chosen the strongest magnetic material available: super neodymium. Through these achievements, the efficiency has been raised by 30%, which results in an output of up to 0.9 mV at 5cm/sec. All models now utilize the improved V2 generator.
The new Micro-HD Diamond tip provides a hybrid parabolic geometry with a stylus radii of 0.008mm x 0.040mm. The total mass (0.00016g) is a fifth of the previous diamond stylus.
Cartridge body resonances, while tracking in the groove, are minimized through the twelve finger design of the mounting plate, each finger with a different radius. This is the result of our constant research and development.
The cartridge bodies of our 5 models: Goldfinger, Titanium, da Vinci, Stradivari and Concerto are made out of the following: gold, titanium, ceramic coated aluminum, Ebony and Satinee wood. The generator construction of the new V2 moving coil cartridge generation is absolutely symmetrical: mechanically, magnetically and electrically, our unique design. All Clearaudio moving coils use our proven 24 ct. pure gold coils.2011 The Absolute Sound Product Of The Year Awards
Over the last decade or so, Clearaudio has been gradually moving away from a cool, crystalline, hyper-analytical presentation ( the very quintessence of what used to be know as “the German sound”) to a warmer, more natural balance. With its latest flagship moving coil, the $15k Goldfinger Statement, the company has brought off the audio equivalent of a “180.” By tripling the number of magnets in its patented “Ring” configuration to twelve and thinning down the 24-gold wire in its coils by 30%, Clearauio has succeeded in producing its richest, most seductively beautiful, most naturally balanced mc ever, without losing a jot of the phenomenal resolution, transient speed, soundstage width and depth, bass definition and dynamic impact that have made Clearaudio’s previous insiders and Godfingers famous. Simply put, the Goldfinger Statement is the best cartridge Clearaudio has yet made-and, in JV’s view, the best moving coil (a lot of ) money can currently buy.-JV (214)Click Image for Full Version of 6 Moons Review
If you want your music polite, then get off the bus now because this ride is not for you. But if transparency, resolution, soundstaging, detail, transient response and the ability to reach the core of the musical soul are important to you... well, then you have arrived. At this price level, there are no excuses. When you aim for the top strata of production cartridges, you better deliver and deliver it all, not just incremental improvement over the competition. No qualifications. That doesn't mean that this cartridge will be the ideal for every vinyl lover on the planet. Rolls Royce, Maybach and Lamborghini are all at the same stratospheric pricing. But for pampering, technology or adrenaline rush, each couldn't be more different. The question for any exotic product is, does it deliver the goods for its intended audience? For me, the Goldfinger with the lofty retail price delivers the goods. Just one drop of the needle and you know that you are in store for something special.