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GOLDRING LEGACY MOVING COIL CARTRIDGE

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The Goldring Legacy was introduced in October 2009 as the company’s flagship product. It features an ultra low resonance magnesium metal body with threaded inserts for the mounting screws. The stylus is a low mass ‘Vital’ design which is attached to a hard alloy cantilever. A bespoke rubber mixture acts as a damper. The coils are made of high purity copper and interact with Neodymium iron boron magnets to create the electrical signal.

    It is very well presented, coming in a leather effect case, with the cartridge housed in a cut out in the hard-wood block that sits inside. Although the cartridge’s curved body shape is pleasingly elegant, it is not very helpful when it comes to aligning the cartridge in an arm, so this took a little longer than with any other cartridge in this group.goldring-legacy_rear

    After listening to the Audio Technica, the Goldring was almost the opposite in sonic delivery. The bass strings in ‘Appalachian Spring’ had a full bodied tonality and structure that was quite satisfying and provided an good base for the fairly open sounding mid-range to sit upon. This openness gradually disappeared as I listened up the musical scale, leaving a high treble that was a bit too soft and gentle in comparison to the solid weight of bass below it. The imaging was good, with the orchestra spread around in front of me, with the perception that each player had enough elbow room around them to move freely.

    The Pearl Bailey LP was played well. Any apparent surface noise was pretty much ignored and the swinging beat to the music romped along in a pleasing manner. Pearl’s voice was well described, a little in front of the band, although nowhere near as well lit as she had been by the OC9. The Legacy’s slightly dark tonality emphasised the slight huskiness in her voice and this added a certain spice of wickedness to her delivery of some of the ‘fruitier’ lyrics.

    The gentle electronica of ‘Moon Safari’ fared a little less well with this cartridge. The softening of the treble left me with the feeling that some of the sonic effects had missed their mark by lacking enough space and air around them in which to move freely.

    By the same token, ‘Kozmic Blues’ seemed a little emasculated with both Joplin’s voice and the guitars lacking a certain bite, which I feel is essential to the correct reproduction of this type of music.

    The Legacy had one thing in common with the Denon; very low output. Again, I had to turn the volume control up quite a way beyond my normal levels when using a fixed gain phonostage such as the Revelation or the Trilogy, so careful matching would be required to avoid potential hiss problems.

 

VERDICT

Top of the range cartridge from  established UK manufacturer.

 

FOR
- strong image.
- open mid-band.
- low surface noise.

 AGAINST
- gentle at the high
frequency extremes.
- low output.


GOLDRING LEGACY    £595
Armour Home Electronics
+44 (0)1279 501111
www.goldring.co.uk



 

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