Goldring E3 Moving Magnet Cartridge

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Stereophile Class B Recommended Product

The E3 cartridge, representing the top of the range features the same aluminium cantilever as the E2, but benefits from a superior, bonded, super-elliptical (0.3 x 0.7 mil) stylus. This gives it better high frequency detail retrieval over ordinary elliptical (0.4 x 0.7 mil) or spherical (0.6 mil) types due to its smaller front-to-back radius. The main effect is the reduction of sibilance, especially in high level vocal recordings.

Magnetic Duplex Technology™

All cartridges in the range feature Magnetic Duplex Technology™-a 'dual magnet' generator assembly with an identical geometry to that of the original cutting head. This means it can more accurately reproduce the stereo information in the record groove, providing better channel separation and a more involving and musical sound stage.


Expert Adjustment

The E-series cartridges have been designed to allow micro-adjustments to be made during production using a special adjustment screw. This means the cartridge can be safely installed in a typical turntable because the angle that the stylus makes with the record surface has been pre-set. The result is an optimised channel balance with zero degrees of horizontal tracking adjustment required. This ensures a consistent and reassuring performance for the life of the product.



Featuring spherical styli with a choice of cantilevers, the E1 and E2 models are ideal as an upgrade to any budget, pre-fitted or obsolete cartridge. The E3 model with its re­fined super elliptical stylus is a worthwhile upgrade for those wishing to squeeze even more information and detail from the record groove.


"It produces a classic vinyl sound, warm, relaxed and effortless…”

The Ear

“A superbly realised cartridge that will work well with the majority of affordable turntables.”

What Hi-Fi?, 5 Stars & 2020 Award Winner

“It brought out every note with a precision I never imagined a moving magnet could muster.”


“The Goldring E3 is the top of the company's entry-level series and offers a smooth, very balanced sound.”


“…it is one of the best budget cartridges, at this price point, currently for sale on the market.”

The Audiophile Man, 9/10, Deeply Groovy

“... I still feel I’m not expressing how impressed I am with this “budget” cartridge, it is an amazing value for its price point and easily one of the best among other cartridges not only in its price pool, but even some higher ones. Highly, highly recommended bang for your buck. Big sound with a small price.”

Needles & Grooves



Colour Violet

Cantilever Aluminium

Stylus profile Elliptical

Stylus radius 0.3 x 0.7 mil

Frequency range 20 Hz - 20 kHz

Channel balance 1.5 dB at 1 kHz

Channel separation >20 dB at 1 kHz

Sensitivity 3.5 mV (1 kHz @ 5 cm/sec)

Static compliance 20 mm/N

Vertical tracking angle 20°

Load resistance 47 kΩ

Load capacitance 100 - 200 pF

Internal inductance 400 mH

Internal resistance 410 Ω

Cartridge mass 6.9 g

Fixing centres 12.7 mm (0.5 in)

Playing weight 1.5 g - 2.5 g (2.0 g recommended)

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