Goldring 1006

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Goldring 1006

This hand-built cartridge features an elliptical stylus; its shape enables it to more accurately trace the highest frequency record grooves giving it the advantage over ordinary spherical types. The lightweight shank also gives the stylus a lower tip mass than cheaper metal bonded types lending the cartridge an improved transient response.


Low Mass Pocan® Body

The 1000 series uses a strong one piece body which holds the fixed parts securely in place. Made from a special type of ultra-rigid, glass reinforced polyester called Pocan, the body can be tightly bolted to the head shell for maximum efficiency and optimum sound quality. The user replaceable stylus carrier slots tightly into the body with a locating pin preventing unwanted vibrations which would otherwise colour the sound. An integral mu-metal can keeps the generator parts shielded from hum-inducing stray magnetic fields. Because Pocan has a high strength-to-mass ratio, the overall mass of the G1000 series cartridges is kept below 6.5 g. Low mass and moderate compliance keep the natural arm/cartridge resonance within safe limits for easy matching to a wide range of tonearms.

High Efficiency Magnetic Circuit

Finely etched mu-metal is laminated to form the pole pieces around which are fitted two formerless coils of four thousand turns each. This unique design reduces mass and also makes for a very efficient magnetic circuit producing a higher than average output. This construction also reduces the loss at high frequencies inherent in conventional designs, making for a smooth and extended frequency response.

Reduced Moving Mass

The 1000 series uses a unique ultra-low-mass, micro-miniature Alnico V magnet made to a tolerance that can be achieved by no other manufacturer worldwide. Welded to the magnet is a gold plated nickel tie-bar which provides an earth path for vinyl static charge build up and stabilses the cantilever in unwanted vibrational modes. The whole ultra-low-mass assembly is then mounted in a special butyl rubber polymer with optimised damping characteristics.

Expert Adjustment

The correct setting of stylus azimuth (or horizontal tracking angle) is essential for the maintenance of a proper stereo sound stage. Azimuth is the term used to describe the angle that the vertical centre-line of the stylus makes with the record surface and this must be exactly perpendicular to the record groove. This is not usually a user adjustable parameter on most budget decks and so it is vital that the cartridge leaves the factory with the azimuth precisely set. Badly adjusted azimuth can cause uneven channel balance and increased crosstalk between channels which would severely degrade the stereo image.

Frequency Response
20 Hz -20 kHz ±3 dB
Channel Balance
  within 2 dB @ 1 kHz
Channel Separation
better than  25 dB @ 1 kHz
6.5 mV ±1.5 dB, 1 kHz @ 5 cm/sec
Static Compliance
20 mm/N
Dynamic Compliance @ 10 Hz
10 mm/N
Equivalent tip mass
0.45 mg
Vertical Tracking Angle
Stylus Radius
Stylus Type
Load Resistance
47 k
Load Capacitance
150-200 pF
Internal Inductance
570 mH
Internal Resistance
Cartridge Mass
6.3 g
Cartridge Mass (inc. fixings)
7.6 g
Fixing Centre
0.5" (12.7 mm)
Playing Weight
1.5 - 2.0 g (1.7 g nom.)
Replacement Stylus
1006 - D0

Customer Reviews

1006 MM Cartridge =
Hello, Goldring!

I have tried many, many MM, MI, and some HOMC cartridges in the $200-$1,000 range including brands such as Nagaoka, Audio Technica, and even vintage carts like Stanton, Shure, and even Audioquest’s 440 HOMC. I have never stuck with any of them for more than 6 months or so, and even that’s pushing it too long even after they were nice and broken in and producing their highest possible level of performance. None of them ever really delivered what I was looking for. I even designed and built my own 3 tube based phono preamp with the ability to adjust the capacitance and resistance of basically any cartridge.

I have now owned the 1006 since January, and I already know it is by far the best sounding phono cartridge I have ever owned under $1,000, if not more. It easily outperforms cartridges costing up to 3-4 times more! Not to mention, I feel it rivals certain MC carts in the 4 digit number cost.

I immediately noticed how perfectly balanced it is, zero sibilance. I mean, none whatsoever. Bass that goes deep but still retains punch and tightness, mids that sing through the mix, so the vocal or guitar parts are front and center without sounding overpowering, and treble, which I honestly didn’t even notice because once again, perfectly balanced. I always notice when a cart has too much high end, but not in the case of the 1006. No listening fatigue in the least, but cymbal crashes still had detail and beautiful decay as well as the sizzle of slightly opened hi-hats.

I’ve finally found my cartridge, and future carts in Goldring.
Thanks so very much for designing a top notch quality product that you’re obviously very passionate about.

All the Best,
- Nick P.
Review By: Nick P.

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