For the first time in a cartridge, the MC Goldfinger Statement features twelve magnets, perfectly matched and symmetrical enabling the system to reach a dynamic range of 100 decibels. For the Clearaudio engineering team this represents the fulfilment of an audiophile dream that seemed long unattainable.
This cartridge deserves to play the best recordings of all time. In order to 'feed' the moving coil (MC) Goldfinger Statement with adequate music material, Clearaudio founded a music production department specialised in audiophile recordings of all genres.
The MC Goldfinger Statement is also the first cartridge with integrated RF shielding. The outstanding sound quality of this world-class cartridge is the stunning result of meticulously detailed development and fine-tuning of all of the important criteria. The breakthrough came with the use of a 30 per cent thinner 24-carat gold wire for the coils, a precision-milled gold mounting for the magnet array and a body made of solid 14-carat gold – essential core components for the ultimate cartridge masterpiece. The world famous Micro HD diamond stylus provides the best detail retrieval of all time. A flawless diamond on its facia beautifully adorns the MC Goldfinger Statement.
Peter Suchy calls this miracle of a cartridge 'our magnum opus'.
Approx. 15.0 g
0.5 - 0.6mV at 5 cm/s
|Total mass||~ 15.0g (± 2g)|
|Frequency response||20Hz – 20kHz|
|Output voltage (at 5 cm/sec)||0.5 – 0.6mV|
|Channel separation||> 32dB|
|Channel balance||< 0.2dB|
|Recommended tracking force||2.8g (± 0.2g)|
|Cantilever / stylus shape||Boron / Clearaudio Prime Line|
|Coil assembly||Absolutely symmetrical design|
|Coil material||24 carat gold|
|Cartridge body||14 carat gold|
|Manufacturer’s warranty*||2 years*|
[...] I am sure that it is the best Clearaudio cartridge I've heard (and I've heard most of them) and, perhaps, the best cartridge (a lot of) money can currently buy.Jonathan Valin
To hear this thing on a really great, really dynamic recording—such as Clearaudio's own sensational showpiece The Percussion Record—is a jaw-dropping experience. Honestly, this cartridge simply blows the walls out, delivering an almost surround-like soundfield of unparalleled width and depth, with the added bonus of the most thunderous, floor-and-wall-shaking bass (and this record has some bass, folks) I've heard in my room from the Magico Q5s (or any speaker).Jonathan Valin
The Goldfinger comes closer than ever to neutrality, adding substantially to overall transient speed and life like timbre without sacrificing any of Clearaudio's traditional strengths in soundstaging, extension and resolution at the frequency extremes, and astonishing low-level detail. Along with last year's cartridge of the year - the Air Tight PC-1 - the Goldfinger is currently the best mc we've reviewed.JV forthcoming
The new Clearaudio Goldfinger Statement cartridge goes where no cartridge has gone before, and improves on the already sublime Goldfinger V2.
The Clearaudio Goldfinger Statement is one of the finest cartridges that I have heard to date. The alignment woes and the downforce concerns simply evaporated as soon as I started listening. This is a cartridge that sounds exactly as one might expect given its mass and tracking weight. Put simply, it has a big, bold, enveloping sound and dynamic abilities that absolutely take your breath away. It brings performers right to the fore, laps up complex bass lines, images with pinpoint perfection and yet can rustle up the most ethereal sense of delicacy when required. [...] rediscover your record collection!Adam Smith