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The Grado Gold 2 is hand-assembled by Grado’s team in Brooklyn, with some builders having over 25 years of experience. With the recent development of the highly received Lineage Series of cartridges, Grado was able to have a trickle down of technology and bring a new technique to the Gold 2.
The Gold 2 are hand selected from Silver 2 production runs which meet higher test specifications. Approximately 5% of the run usually exhibits these specs and become a Gold 2.
This updated series of cartridges offers excellent tonal balance, dynamics, and realism, for a most rewarding reproduction of vocals and instruments. Grado’s coil-winding techniques, using ultra high purity copper wire, which were honed during the development of the Lineage Series, have let the electrical circuits achieve unison between the four coils in each phono cartridge. This allows for a precise balance between channels and accurate stereo imaging.
As in all Grado phono cartridges the Gold 2 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 Gold 2 to have one of the lowest effective moving mass generating systems while creating an excellent balance throughout the full frequency range.
The development of the Epoch in the Lineage Series gave Grado an in-depth experience with using an outer housing as a damping device. This led to the creation of a process which de-stresses the chassis and dissipates unwanted energy & resonant frequencies, allowing the desired signal to travel freely.
The Grado Prestige Series Gold 2 uses a four piece OTL cantilever with a Grado specific elliptical diamond stylus mounted on a brass bushing. With the Silver 2 and Gold 2, a machined turned generator is used to achieve a lower distortion and greater transparency.
Grado’s OTL stylus/cantilever design makes records sound quieter, improves the height, width, and depth of the soundstage, and presents more detail than previously obtainable.