Grado Enters the Big Leagues

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Shipping to start next month.

From Grado Labs:

The Epoch ($12,000) and upcoming Aeon ($6000), which see final assembly by John Grado himself on his workbench, are two cartridges that offer exceptional reproduction of vocals and instruments, with superlative tonal balance, dynamics, imaging, and realism. Grado’s coil winding techniques, which have been honed throughout the decades, have let them achieve exact unison between the four coils in each phono cartridge. This allows for a precise balance between channels and accurate stereo imaging. Each Grado is wound with the finest properly sized and annealed 24-karat solid gold wire, which is the ultimate conductor for the transmission of the music from your record.

All of the internal magnetic circuit parts are Swiss screw machined or molded metal, which have tolerances on the order of the best Swiss-made watches. The specially designed diamond stylus, for the first time in a Grado, is mounted on a sapphire cantilever that connects to the stylus generating system. The Epoch and Aeon feature a unique system that has the lowest effective moving mass of any cartridge, while Grado’s patented Flux-Bridger generator design creates a superior balance throughout the full frequency spectrum with superb resolution and clarity, which produces an overall truer picture of the music. This is all nestled inside a cocobolo wooden housing.
 
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Each Grado is wound with the finest properly sized and annealed 24-karat solid gold wire, which is the ultimate conductor for the transmission of the music from your record.
Why is gold the "ultimate conductor" for cartridges? As I understand it, it has a lower conductivity than copper or silver. A number of high end cartridges - including my VdH Black Beauty - seem to use gold wiring in the coils. I would be interested to know what the benefits of using gold are.
 
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Has anyone auditioned this Epoch cartridge?
 
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Heard one recently on a Brrgmann Sindre & want one liquid mids & very, very musical sounding , problem don,t have $12,000
 
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From what I've read the Aeon is supposed to provide 85 to 90% of the performance of the Epoch at half the price, but of course as audiophiles we crave every bit of the ultimate performance and will pay dearly for it.
 

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Kuro 3 years ago did for trial a rca cable with gold 24 kt,his friend has a jewelry and gave gold to him to try.
He told me sound is incredible,much better than silver and copper,very natural and transparent.Big problem is the cost of gold,so he did Silver plated gold 24 kt,after this trial,because part of electrons run on surface of the cable,so on gold
 
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Kuro 3 years ago did for trial a rca cable with gold 24 kt,his friend has a jewelry and gave gold to him to try.
He told me sound is incredible,much better than silver and copper,very natural and transparent.Big problem is the cost of gold,so he did Silver plated gold 24 kt,after this trial,because part of electrons run on surface of the cable,so on gold
Thanks for the info, that's good to know.
 

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Does anyone have and, if so, can you please post, Michael Fremer’s December 2017 review in Stereophile of the Epoch?
 

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Thank you very, very much, Bill!!! :D

I wasn’t being lazy when I posted the all points bulletin. I tried a couple of times and I just could not pull this review out of the internet ether.

Thank you for doing the work to make this available to all of us (who, liked me, tossed their paper copies of the December 2017 Stereophile).

Michael sure loved that cartridge! From what I heard at audioquattr, and from audioquattr’s subsequent reports, I think the Grado Epoch is super special!

I think we are going to be hearing a lot of data points to suggest that the Epoch is one of the cartridges at the state-of-the-art level, along with Opus 1 and VdH Master Signature and Goldfinger Statement, Atlas SL, etc.

And at 1mV output it takes a lot of noise pressure off all-tube phono stages!

We have to await more reporting from our Mr. Tang.
 
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Ddk is mounting it to his lightsaber SME with a special adapter. The Master Jedi can be the first infantry paving way to the unknown...hehe. I will try it on my other arms that need no adapter. I nolonger have the CH P1+X1, so I am a bit curious if it could match well with my JPA66 or ddk's LP1.

Tang :)
 

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Thank you, Tang. Yes David will have to use The (analog) Force to accomplish this cartridge installation.
ZYX versus Opus 1

ZYX versus Epoch

Opus 1 versus Epoch

The galaxy awaits the answers . . .

(Maybe I should put a Grado Epoch on the Bergmann Odin instead of an Opus 1?)
 

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I have quite a few carts. I use the Opus1 as a benchmark measuring against all other carts. So it is a must have for me. However I listen to the Colibri most because it is the most lively, most drive and transparent of what I have. After reading Mr.Fremer's review, I have a feeling the Epoch is a more civilized, more refine version of Master Sig. May be the P1+X1 contribute to this refinement too. The same goes to the difference between the CH and EMT phono.

Audioquattr has both. He seems to like the Epoch more. The Colibri seems to tire him out after a while of listening. I wish he could try the EMT phono with the Colibri then he will pass out in five minutes from maximum overdrive...heheehe.

Tang :p
 
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I have quite a few carts. I use the Opus1 as a benchmark measuring against all other carts. So it is a must have for me. However I listen to the Colibri most because it is the most lively, most drive and transparent of what I have. After reading Mr.Fremer's review, I have a feeling the Epoch is a more civilized, more refine version of Master Sig. May be the P1+X1 contribute to this refinement too. The same goes to the difference between the CH and EMT phono.

Audioquattr has both. He seems to like the Epoch more. The Colibri seems to tire him out after a while of listening. I wish he could try the EMT phono with the Colibri then he will pass out in five minutes from maximum overdrive...heheehe.

Tang :p
I think you're feeling is right :). And yes i prefer the Epoch, i like that cart very much.

.... I wish he could try the EMT phono with the Colibri then he will pass out in five minutes from maximum overdrive...heheehe.

Tang :p
I wish i could, but i don't know where i can listen/try one overhere.
A very good tube phono is high on my wishlist.
 

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