The 2000 series is Goldring's latest product and was marketed in 2009.
Technically, the range builds on the 30-year expertise and technology developed for the 1000 series, with a few innovations, and above all, the will to achieve high performance levels on a tight budget.
It is available in 5 models with various stylus and generator qualities (magnets, coils, etc.). The Goldring 2300 MM cartridge is the intermediary model in the range,
Goldring 2300: body and stylus
The Goldring 2300 cartridge is easily recognisable with its distinctive round design. It is easily secured to the headshell as the body has threaded inserts that are compatible with standard pitch screws.
The generator has been modified with respect to the 2200 model and still uses Cobalt/Samarium magnets.
The stylus has a very precise elliptical profile, the 'Gyger II'. It is very similar to the shape of the original cut, enabling perfect groove tracking. It is mounted onto an aluminium cantilever.
Goldring 2300: compatibility
Its weight, tracking force and high compliance (20) make this Goldring 2300 compatible with most good quality tonearms.
Its high output level above 6 mV and impedance of 47 kOhms make it readily compatible with a good quality phono preamplifier that is not necessarily exorbitant.
Goldring 2300: listening and review
As usual with Goldring, it comes in a beautifully prepared packaging.
Like most MM cartridges, it requires at least 50 hours of use before reaching a perfect tonal balance. After a break-in period, we are immediately surprised by the quality of the bottom spectrum!
The bass is both deep, well articulated and very precise. It is also perfectly integrated to the rest of the spectrum, giving texture to the mids, allowing for male vocals to be present, without the dark side of cheap cartridges.
Irrespective of the musical style, this Goldring cartridge reproduces the sound with a lot of subtlety with a precise and clear treble without any harshness.
It is also perfectly apt with Jazz, Rock, Blues and orchestras.
The Goldring 2300 MM cartridge is a great multipurpose, vibrant and punchy cartridge that will be a perfect match with some turntable models that are a bit dull.
A great alternative to the Ortofon 2M Bronze or other Grado Platinium… Franck
Frequency response: 20 Hz-20 kHz
Channel balance: 2 dB
Channel separation: >20 dB
Stylus type: Gyger II
Load resistance: 47k
Load capacitance: 100-200 Pf
Internal inductance: 680 mH
Internal resistance: 550 ohms
Tracking force: 1.5-2.0 g
Recommended tracking force: 1.75g