Goldring 1042 Cartridge
Ratings & Reviews
Love this cart. Sounds "neutral" when compared to other carts... that is, nice low end and top end, nothing "extended" about it. Only complaint is that the body has low clearance with the record... so a bad warp might cause it to "bottom out".
I have owened an Audio Note IQ1 for a while, which is a Goldring 1042 by Audio Note specifications. I always used MC carts like Audio Technica AT-OC9, Sumiko BPS and Denon DL-103. I was surprised that this MM cart is way better and more musical than all the MC carts I have been using. I even wonder if i prefer this one to the Van den Hul MC-1 super special :-).
I've had much more expensive cartridges be put to shame by the 1042. If you want an authentic presentation of the instruments on the recording, plenty of boogie and swing, then the 1042 is an easy choice to make. Lots of character, and no shortage of rhythm. Not the last word in intricate detail, but it sounds so musical, it makes it hard to tell where any flaws might exist. If this cartridge were a sedan, it would be an Audi RS4. Not perfect, but a great performer, bags of fun and extremely lovable.
by Aengus J
Best bang for the buck I've heard. I've used the 1042 on my LP12 for over a year now. I remain impressed and I think I will be hard pressed to consider a more expensive cartridge when it comes time to replace this cartridge.
by Alex B.
I'v ebeen using the 1042 for about two years on a Thorens 295MkII with excellent results: clear, deep soundstage, very good channel separation, smooth and precise sound at the same time. Prince sounds as well as Debussy or Guillaume de Machaut.
by Chris B.
4 years ago, I contacted the Needle Doctor for help: Should I replace my trusty Thorens TD145? Or just get a new cartridge? They recommended to keep the TD145, steered me to the Goldring 1042, which I adjusted with the DBP-10 protractor. Result: The best sound ever from my system. This cartridge handles everything I throw at it with ease and finesse; the sound is clear, detailed, and convincing - whether it's instrumental, vocal or a whole orchestra. What a pleasure!
Very good value for money and very good specs.
Very good performer over the hole audio band.
The clear undistorted sound is a real quality point off this card.
And the sound is uncolored neutral I would call it a reference.
If you like analog undistorted neutraal sound with all detail in it this card is a reference model. You will love it.
The high output and low impedance 660 Ohm will also reduce the noise of your preamplifier compared to many others. And this will also help you hear deeper into the recording.
Highly recommended cartridge .