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GOLDRING 1042 REVIEW & BUYER’S GUIDE

A review of the Goldring 1042? Oh yes but this video is a lot more, it’s also a Buyer’s Guide…

…when you want to upgrade your cheap and cheerful moving magnet cartridge but you’re worried about the leap to moving coil technology.

So, a 2-in-1 video then.

Upgrading from the certainty of a basic moving magnet cartridge to a more expensive model can be a stressful move.

I hope this video helps to provide some guidance and assistance.

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6 Comments

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    Carlos
    27th December 2019 at 6:43 pm

    Hello Mr. Rigby
    I’ve got a Clearaudio Concept (Satisfy tonearm) with the stock MM cart and I’ve been thinking about upgrading the cartridge.
    My amp is a Rega Brio, but I don’t know if the Brio phono stage is good enough to be paired with the Goldring 1042.
    Any advice would be appreciated.

    • Reply
      Paul Rigby
      28th December 2019 at 6:13 pm

      Hi Carlos – the Brio’s built-in phono amp is fine for now but an upgrade to an external phono model is highly recommended as soon as possible. To be honest, I’d recommend the phono amplifier upgrade first and then go for the cart upgrade afterwards. You’d experience better sonic value that way with fewer bottle-necks.

  • Reply
    Carlos
    29th December 2019 at 2:02 pm

    It’s very kind of you, Mr. Rigby. I’ll upgrade the phono but I guess I’ll take the MC route then… Thanks!

  • Reply
    Alex
    13th May 2020 at 8:55 am

    Hi Paul. How do you rate the 1042 against the 2M Blue, just out of interest?
    Alex

    • Reply
      Paul Rigby
      13th May 2020 at 10:57 am

      I’d lean towards the Goldring, Alex.

  • Reply
    Alex
    13th May 2020 at 12:54 pm

    Interesting, thanks. I actually had a 1042 about 10 or 12 years back, but I’ve realised since that my system was’nt capable of doing it justice in those days (I sold the cartridge). Now I have a much better system, and am using the 2M Blue, which I like a lot in fact. It would be so interesting to have the 1042 now, and be able to compare the two. But, the Ortofon does have the threaded mounting holes, which makes for much easier set-up…
    Alex

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