Grado Prestige Gold3 MM Cartridge
The Gold3 are hand-selected from Silver3 production runs which meet higher test specifications. Approximately 5% of the run usually exhibits these specs.
The Gold3 uses a four-piece OTL cantilever with a Grado specific elliptical diamond stylus mounted on a brass bushing. A machined turned generator is used to achieve a lower distortion and greater transparency.
Grado’s OTL, or optimized transmission line, technology provides an ideal transfer of signal from the surface of the LP to the generator of the system.
This technology rejects unwanted resonances and lowers distortion preserving the fundamental and harmonic frequencies of the music. This also helps keep noise generated by the motor system in the cartridge to a minimum.
Grado’s OTL stylus/cantilever design makes records sound quieter, improves the height, width, and depth of the soundstage, and present more detail than previously obtainable.
The Gold3 are all hand-assembled by Grado's team in Brooklyn, with some builders having over 25 years of experience. As in all Grado phono cartridges, the Silver3 is powered by a twin magnet system that optimizes the balance between stereo channels. All internal magnetic circuit parts are held to extremely high tolerances creating the desired stereo imaging. Grado’s patented Flux-Bridger design allows the Gold3 to have one of the lowest effective moving mass generating systems while creating an excellent balance throughout the full frequency range.
Frequency response: 10-60,000 hz
Input load: 47 kOhm
Output at 1 kHz 5 CM/sec: 5mV
Recommended tracking force: 1.5 g
Stylus type: E
Stylus replacement: U
Weight: 5.5 g