Cartridge Gold Ring 2200

Moving iron cartridge eked out a niche next to the numerically superior MMs and MCs so far. That could change quickly with the new series of gold ring.

  1. Cartridge gold ring 2200
  2. Data sheet

That the 2000 explicitly sold as MM, has to do with the low awareness of the moving-iron technique. Unlike at MMs and moving coils, wearing either tiny bar magnets, or fine Dishwashers on the cantilever, both parts of the generator are mounted at MIs firmly in the system body. The music-dependent modulation of the magnetic field lines – prior prerequisite for the emergence of the signal voltage – takes over a tiny tube (other manufacturers also a slice or ring) of magnetically highly conductive material that sits back on the cantilever and immerse in the stationary field. Permalloy, a nickel-iron alloy, is usually used, which is why Nagaoka the own systems also “moving perm-alloy”, short MP, is called.

In practice, the gold rings behave exactly like MM systems. You need a high-impedance, low capacitive degree (47k\xce\xa9, < 200pF) and respond to high capacity as their magnetic brothers with brittle, brilliance-driven sound. They not good so as a panacea for poor phono inputs, the low inductive MIs of Grado are better suited for such cases.

A strength of MIs is that the mobile part of the generator consists of fewer components, which also weigh less than MM systems. It is so simple with the MI-principle to realize a needle – given the exposed enormous acceleration, those close to the diamond for example in noisy, high-frequency-rich passages at the end of the plates is an important condition for good sound, with high mechanical strength and low inertia.

There are differences in the construction of the generator, the cantilever material and last but not least the diamond cut. So look at the body of the 2100 and 2200 confusingly similar, but only in the more expensive the bobbin pole plates of supermalloy has even more efficient brother of Permalloy. And although both with the same elliptical diamond are fitted, only the 2200 has a hardened, slightly darker shimmering and minimal leaner cantilever.

EKOS arms, mounted in two identical Linn which were gold rings first in the internal family KO-system, the expected first this 2100 fell victim to: in absolute terms a good all-round system, but this 2200 brings charge so much more dynamism and clarity that one 2100 actually doesn’t need it for only 30 euros. Also the 60-Euro step to the 2300 is clearly justified: his Gyger II grinding sounds still relatively good-natured, the system can conjure up but noticeably better at frequency extremes – its easy “audiophile” vote with unobtrusive highlighted shine effects is welcome in many plants.

Gold Ring 2200

Manufacturer Gold Ring
Price €200.00
Rating 60.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

Cartridge type MI high output
Accessories cartridge Screws, nuts, screwdriver
Measured values
Output voltage 8 cm / s 5.50 mV
System impedance 868,0 ohm / 613mH
Depth scanning ability 315 120 µm
Recommended tracking force 18 mN
High-frequency distortion 0.35%
Deep resonance in the 13-g-arm 5.5 Hz
System weight 7.5 g
Tonearm weight class medium
Cartridge type MI high output
Accessories cartridge Screws, nuts, screwdriver
Unobtrusive and balanced playing MI system, tonally more vigorously.
perfectly for the price
Processing well
Sound judgment satisfactory-60
tested in issue: 09 / 3


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