Goldring redefines sonic possibilities with a Special Edition model of its flagship Ethos moving coil cartridge

World-renowned analogue audio specialist, Goldring, introduces Ethos SE – a special edition of its award-winning Ethos model. Sitting at the very top of Goldring’s range of moving coil cartridges, Ethos SE combines uncompromising engineering with unique new features to produce a cartridge of exquisite sound reproduction capabilities.

Thanks to a raft of exclusive and carefully engineered upgrades – including pure silver coils, low reluctance pole shoes and a black anodized, aircraft-grade aluminium body – Ethos SE sets entirely new standards in terms of detail retrieval, channel separation and low colouration. Even when judged against cartridges costing a great deal more, this new special edition cartridge delivers a totally immersive, thrillingly complete musical experience – which has always been the Goldring ethos.

Key features at a glance

  • New pure silver coils feature fewer windings with higher conductivity, reducing the effective tip mass and internal impedance of the pick-up for improved tracking and greater transient response.
  • Low-mass cross-armature core made from Swedish iron improves channel separation and produces a more realistic soundstage.
  • A vital line-contact diamond stylus features a narrow, low tip-mass, large contact-area that enhances high-frequency response and minimises distortion and colouration.
  • New low reluctance pole-shoes ensure smooth and extended frequency response via an exclusive process.
  • Low-resonance, aircraft-grade aluminium body is selected for its low density and superior rigidity.

New pure silver coils

Reducing the effective tip mass of any phonograph pick-up will enhance its performance. The Ethos SE relies on Ag 9999 pure silver coil windings which have very low internal resistance and lower mass because fewer windings are used. The coils therefore have a significantly lower mass than our standard copper windings. This means the Ethos SE is better able to negotiate or ‘track’ the record groove without losing contact. The upshot is greater transient response, a reduction in resonance throughout the audio band, and flatter overall frequency response. 

Low-mass cross-armature

By using high permeability Swedish iron in a low-mass cross-shape, rather than the conventional (and heavier) square alternative, Goldring improves channel separation and delivers an armature assembly that can produce an extraordinarily realistic stereo soundstage. High frequency detail levels are improved, distortion is reduced, and mis-tracking is all-but eliminated. 

Vital line-contact diamond stylus

In order to retrieve the highest frequencies in a recording, Ethos SE uses a narrow, low tip-mass, large contact-area diamond stylus. This vital-shank, nude design has a polyhedral, line-contact diamond profile, and is connected to the armature by a stiff-yet-lightweight alloy cantilever tube. So, as well as having a remarkably good high-frequency response, distortion, resonance and colouration are minimised.  

GOL-1 generator

Originally developed during vinyl’s initial rise to ubiquity, the GOL-1 generator ensures a smooth and extended frequency response. It’s still handmade by Goldring, and here it is presented as an example of the company’s ongoing dedication to refinement of every aspect of its design and assembly. Exclusively for the SE version, the pole shoes have been subjected to a new process, which enhances the permeability of the metal, creating a lower reluctance magnetic circuit. This serves to flatten and extend the frequency response, especially in the upper registers where musical detail resides.

Aircraft aluminium body

The GOL-1 generator is fitted into a precision-milled 6082-T6 aircraft-grade aluminium body shell. This material was carefully selected for its low density and superior rigidity – and thanks to its anodised black finish it’s as good-looking as it is durable. 

The Goldring Ethos SE moving coil cartridge is available in November priced £1,299 / €1,599 / $1,999

To buy the Goldring Ethos SE moving coil cartridge and discover other Goldring products please visit (UK) (US)


Frequency Response                20 Hz – 20 kHz ± 2 dB

Frequency Range                      12 Hz – 32 kHz

Channel Balance                       within 1 dB @ 1 kHz

Channel Separation                 better than 30 dB @ 1 kHz

Sensitivity                                0.35 mV ± 1 dB, 1 kHz @ 5 cm/sec

Static Compliance                    28 mm/N

Trackability                              90 um (@ 315 Hz)

Equivalent tip mass                  0.34 mg

Vertical Tracking Angle          20 °

Stylus Profile:                           Vital line-contact

Stylus Radius                            35 x 8 μm (0.3 mil)

Stylus Type                               Non-Replaceable (re-tip service available see website)

Load Resistance                        100 Ω

Load Capacitance                     100 – 500 pF

Internal Inductance                 3.5 mH

Internal Resistance                  4.2 Ω

Cartridge Mass                         7.7 g

Cartridge Mass (inc. fixings)8.5 g (without stylus cover)

Fixing Centres                           0.5 ” (12.7 mm)

Playing Weight                         1.5 – 2.0 g (1.75 g nom.)



Goldring’s new E4 cartridge is the single most cost-effective upgrade owners of budget or midrange turntables will ever make

World-famous analogue audio specialist Goldring introduces its new flagship E Series moving magnet cartridge: E4. Designed as the ultimate upgrade for any modern budget or midrange turntable, E4 represents the pinnacle of E Series engineering and performance.

E4 is designed to be compatible with all medium-to-high-mass tonearms of the type found on the majority of budget to midrange turntables. And because it’s constructed using the same high-quality core as the other E Series cartridges in the range, E4 is ideal both for those who wish to upgrade an obsolete cartridge in its entirety or those who want to boost the performance of their existing E Series cartridge by replacing the stylus.  

Key features at a glance

  • New super-elliptical nude diamond stylus features lower effective tip mass, improved rigidity and better high frequency detail retrieval than ‘bonded’ elliptical alternatives.
  • The lightweight and superior stiffness of the hollow aluminium cantilever allows the stylus to trace medium-to-high frequencies with greater accuracy.
  • Magnetic Duplex Technology™ allows a more accurate transcription of the stereo groove which results in a more accurate soundstage. 
  • Expert adjustment facility: Unlike most designs, E4 allows micro-adjustments to be made during the production process, ensuring each cartridge leaves the Goldring factory with optimised channel balance and crosstalk settings.

New super-elliptical nude diamond stylus
The E4 features a ‘nude’ super-elliptical stylus of just 7.6 x 18 microns (0.3 x 0.7 mil), cut and polished from a single homogeneous piece of diamond. This makes for a lower effective tip mass of improved rigidity, which in turn means its ability to retrieve high-frequency detail is dramatically improved when compared to the ‘bonded’ elliptical stylus alternative. It’s far less likely to ‘mis-track’ or overshoot when tracing high-frequency groove modulations, and because of its finely polished 7.6-micron profile it can more effectively fit into closely packed inner grooves. Lower distortion, improved transient response and a flat frequency response all contribute to superior fidelity when compared to any price-comparable alternative. 

Hollow aluminium cantilever
To complement its low tip-mass stylus, the E4 features a hollow aluminium cantilever tube. The light weight and superior stiffness of the material allows the stylus to trace medium-to-high frequencies with greater accuracy, while simultaneously reducing distortion and mis-tracking.

Magnetic Duplex Technology™
Stereo information is contained in a single ‘V’-shaped groove that has perpendicular sidewalls angled at 45 degrees. Conventional cartridges, which use a single large magnet interacting with two vertically mounted coils (one for left-channel information, one for right) to extract a stereo signal from the groove, can permit high levels of crosstalk – and consequently only a modest amount of left- and right-channel separation. E4 uses Goldring’s Magnetic Duplex Technology™ that positions two low-mass magnets at the same angles as the coils – so each magnet interacts only with its partnering coil. This allows the E4 to transcribe the information in the groove more accurately, and results in greater stereo separation and a more accurate soundstage. 

Expert adjustment facility
‘Azimuth’ describes the angle that the vertical centre line of the stylus makes with the record’s surface – it must be exactly perpendicular to the groove. Owners of budget and midrange turntables usually have no facility to adjust the azimuth, so it’s vital the cartridge has been precisely adjusted before it’s fitted to the turntable’s tonearm – badly adjusted azimuth can cause increased crosstalk and uneven channel balance. E4 is designed to allow micro-adjustments to be made during the production process, ensuring each cartridge leaves the Goldring factory needing no further azimuth adjustment.

The Goldring E4 moving magnet cartridge is available in June/July priced £199 / €259 / $299

The Goldring E4 stylus is available in June/July priced £145.00 / €185.00 / $275

The Goldring E4 cartridge will be on show at the High End Show 2023 in Munich (18th – 21st May) in room A (Atrium) 4.1, F110.

To buy the Goldring E4 moving magnet cartridge and discover other Goldring products please visit (UK) (US)

The Goldring E4 joins the E-Series family of moving magnet cartridges, including the E1, E2 and E3.


Frequency Range                      20 Hz – 20 kHz

Channel Balance                       < 1.5 dB @ 1 kHz

Channel Separation                  > 20 dB @ 1 kHz

Sensitivity                                3.5 mV (1 kHz @ 5 cm/s)

Static Compliance                     20 mm/N

Vertical Tracking Angle           20°

Stylus Radius                            7.6 micron (0.3 x 0.7 mil)

Stylus Type                               Nude eliptical

Load Resistance                        47 kΩ

Load Capacitance                     100 – 200 pF

Internal Inductance                 400 mH

Internal Resistance                  410 Ω

Cartridge Mass                         6.9 g

Fixing Centre                            12.7 mm (0.5 in)

Playing Weight                         1.5 – 2.5 g (1.75 g recommended)