Goldring 1042 Cartridge
Goldring maintains a vital presence for hi-fi enthusiasts dedicated to vinyl. The company has been a pioneer in the field of high quality recorded musical reproduction for over 80 years and is widely regarded as one of Europe's most respected audio equipment manufacturers.
The only serious British manufacturer of pick up cartridges, Goldring is using its vast experience and knowledge to design and produce an advanced range of cartridges at all price levels.
Goldring cartridges are designed and and built by British craftsmen. This page reflects Goldring's total commitment to accurate analogue replay and the care of your vinyl record collection.
Goldring designs and builds cartridges in England at a modern factory in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. The first stage of design involves detailed research and development which takes into account both market factors and technicalities such as materials, geometry, compliance, sensitivity, damping, mass and tracking ability.
After successful evaluation of design sketches, working prototypes and finally listening samples, costly tooling is paired for initial manufacture. Jigs and fixtures are used to assemble the cartridge parts to the exacting tolerances demanded by Goldring. All cartridges are rigorously tested using microscopes and shadow projectors to ensure optimum standards of performance and reliability.
The 1042 is a cartridge for the audiophile who demands the ultimate performance from his system. The extended groove contact of it's Gyger S diamond gives the 1042 unsurpassed resolution of fine groove modulations, producing an exceptionally detailed, smooth and musical sound quality.
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 .