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London Decca Super Gold

MM Phono Cartridge

Other cartridges (both moving coil and moving magnet) have styli mounted on the long end of a thin tube (cantilever) which works like a lopsided "see-saw." The short end of the cantilever attaches to either a coil of wire or a magnet. At the fulcrum point, a flexible "rubbery" sleeve functions as a pivot, allowing the stylus/cantilever assembly to respond to the "wiggles" in the LP groove. Because the front section of the cantilever, which holds the stylus, is much longer than the rear section that is attached to the coil or magnet, a large movement of the stylus is transformed to a smaller movement at the coil or magnet, possibly causing cantilever-design cartridges to sound dynamically compressed and lacking in transient attack. London Decca's engineers advise that this problem with dynamics and transients is compounded by the cantilever's "rubbery" fulcrum point which tends to absorb a significant amount of the stylus-generated motion before it can reach the coil/magnet electrical generator assembly. Also, a smearing of the sound is said to occur, which many folks refer to as "cantilever haze." The Super Gold has no long cantilever and no "rubbery" fulcrum point to absorb, dissipate and smear the vital musical energy. Instead, the stylus is attached directly to a magnetically active metal support just a few microns thick (armature) which passes through the center of the main generating coil positioned only about 1 millimeter above the stylus! The stylus motion is not inverted or "transformed" to a smaller value, as in long cantilever designs. Flowing from this immediate positive-direct scanning of the groove is a breathtaking, lifelike quality. The listener tends to feel that the performing artists are actually in the same room, with a startling, palpable presence.The Super Gold uses line-contact, polished, grain-oriented diamond stylus similar to the Jubilee's, mated to less costly generator coils and housing. If you have never heard the $2875 London Decca Jubilee, you may well think the Super Gold is the world's best cartridge! Subjectively, it offers 90% of Jubilee's unrivaled musical realism. 

"Sound was glorious, with superb image placement, powerful bass and detail retrieval of the highest order... the finest cartridge I've heard in my 40 years in the industry."
Hi-Fi World, April 2004.

- Frequency Range 20 Hz to 22 Hz +/- 3dB
- Channel Balance 1 dB at 1 kHz
- Channel Separation 25 dB at 1 kHz
- Compliance Lateral 15 x 10-6 cm/dyne - Vertical 10 x 10-6 cm/dyne
- Inductance 130 mH per channel
- DC Resistance 2000 Ohms per channel
- Input Impedance 47 kOhms (optimum 33 kOhms)
- Input Capacitance 100 to 300pF (optimum 220 pF)
- Output 5 mV at 5cm/sec
- Stylus Grain Oriented diamond
- Playing Weight 1.5 to 2 grams (optimum 1.8 gr)

The Decca Pod acts as a headshell weight, and it also adds height to the cartridge for fine-tuning of the VTA.

€ 1242.00