Goldring Launches New Eroica HX H.O. MC Cartridge Ahead of High End Munich 2022

May 12, 2022—U.K. cartridge manufacture Goldring today announced the EroicaHX a high output moving coil cartridge retailing in the United States for $899. The new cartridge will be available starting this June.

According to the press release, the new EroicaHX features a new pure-iron cross armature design wound with ultra-fine enameled-copper windings designed to produce higher output and low crosstalk. The stylus is a Gyger II fine line. The cartridge body is of lightweight Pocan, a low coloration composite material. The press release doesn't specify cantilever material but chances are it's aluminum.

The EroicaHX is designed to be a simple replacement for any MM cartridge while providing all of the benefits of a MC. With a Gyger II stylus, however, great care must be taken setting SRA! For more information visit Goldring USA.

Specifications:

Frequency Response 20 Hz – 20 kHz ± 3 dB
Frequency Range 10 Hz – 50 kHz
Channel Balance within 1 dB @ 1 kHz
Channel Separation better than 25 dB @ 1 kHz
Sensitivity 2.5 mV ± 1 dB, 1 kHz @ 5 cm/sec
Static Compliance 25 mm/N
Trackability 85 um (@ 315 Hz)
Equivalent tip mass 0.4 mg
Vertical Tracking Angle 22 °
Stylus Radius Gyger II
Stylus Type Non-Replaceable (re-tip service available see website)
Load Resistance 47 kΩ
Load Capacitance 100 – 500 pF
Internal Inductance 0.13 mH
Internal Resistance 35 Ω
Cartridge Mass 5.2 g
Cartridge Mass (inc. fixings) 6.6 g
Fixing Centre 0.5 " (12.7 mm)
Playing Weight 1.5 - 2.0 g (1.75 g nom.)

COMMENTS
arcman67's picture

I see many high-output MC's. I'm assuming for people with only a MM phono OR to make MC more plug and play. Would a traditional LOW output MC be better if your phono accepts one? Or is the difference between both not that big with a quality cartridge.?

Glotz's picture

For instance, HiFi+ reviewed both of the Hana ML / MH, and felt that ML had more detail.

I would go with what I have on my phono amplification end, and that means more gain with the ML. I have clean gain from the PS Audio Stellar, so it's a natural choice.

I think if I was using budget power-amplification equipment with limited gain (or output), I would go with the MH or one of the other high-output carts in the Hana lineup.

Getting the additional gain inherent to a high-output cartridge does have its advantages when you need it in the case of lower powered integrateds, etc.

Glotz's picture

Which could factor into the tonearm of choice (because of cable capacitance) and overall FR characteristics of one's system.

rich d's picture

to your very good question is a qualified yes. If your preamp/integrated/phono stage/etc. has high enough gain and low enough noise, and if the cartridge you're considering is offered in low and high output versions at the same price, get the low output one. And yes, you'll notice the difference. Enjoy.

Michael Fremer's picture
Agree. Fewer coil turns produces lower output and most importantly lower mass and thus faster response......
Toptip's picture

…if a moving magnet cartridge was made with fewer turns of coil and lower output, whether it would sound like an MC? As far as I know, only one low output MM was ever made, this one —

https://www.thakker.eu/en/pickup/stanton-epoch-ii-lz9s-cartridge/a-5198/...

KLW's picture

Double down....Man these OHM 4xo/Dynaudio/Magnepan hybrids sound pretty amazing
listening to Handel's Water Music now and they are incredible even at lower levels. would love you to here this system!

jokerman's picture

I have avoided going to MC based on my reading that MC cartridges don't go well with low mass arms like on my Rega. Has anyone crossed this bridge and found this to be wrong?

Devilscucumber's picture

Your tonearm should be about 12gms which makes it lower medium mass. Personally I've run Ortofon MC25FL, Denon DL110, Audio Technica AT33Mono and even Denon DL103 (the 103 benefited from having a shim of copper to add mass). The 103 is supposed to be problematic due to low compliance on a Rega but I did not have issue with it, rather it was sweet in the midrange but slightly rolled off at the top, (countered by adjusting loading above 400 ohms). I suggest you research others opinions online per specific MC carts on Rega arms

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fenire5829's picture

Exciting news! Goldring's new Eroica HX H.O. MC Cartridge boasts an innovative design, featuring a pure-iron cross armature and Gyger II stylus. | www.drywallarlington.com

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