Grado Enters the Big Leagues

Dec 18, 2013
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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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Ron Resnick

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Jan 25, 2015
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Ha anyone auditioned this Epoch cartridge?
 
Sep 10, 2012
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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
 
May 27, 2013
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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.
 

gian60

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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
 
Sep 7, 2016
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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.
 

Tango

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Mar 12, 2017
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