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2018-07-12, 11:18
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RE: Adikt stylus guard
(2018-07-11 22:08)Hamstall Wrote:  £400 on a £250 Goldring with a fancy logo.


Is the Adikt exactly the same as a standard Goldring 1042 with just a different body?
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2018-07-14, 13:46 (This post was last modified: 2018-07-14 14:50 by What You See and Hear.)
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RE: Adikt stylus guard
(2018-07-12 11:18)Mikeg Wrote:  
(2018-07-11 22:08)Hamstall Wrote:  £400 on a £250 Goldring with a fancy logo.


Is the Adikt exactly the same as a standard Goldring 1042 with just a different body?

Hi

No it's not. Easy to put the boot in without knowing the facts or having understanding having listened to the difference.

A good friend bought a new LP12 from us a few years ago and asked me to re-set his original deck with a new Goldring 1042 for his brother. The Walnut LP12 was in top shape with Cirkus, Lingo and Ekos 2. I had another LP12 of the same spec here with a new Adikt fitted and it was interesting to compare.

The Goldring is a fine cartridge and sounded lovely, and I was impressed with the rendition of Itzhak Perman's 1972 Emi recording of Paganini's violin concerto No 1. However the Adikt was musically superior, having more insight, punch and tunefulness. When other records were compared it became even more obvious. The Goldring was very good but the Adikt was much more "on the button" and "spot on" with pitch and timing and had a more correct tonal balance.

I was asked by Goldring to set up one of our demonstration LP12's with a prototype of their new MC cartridge for the Q Acoustics Concept 500 room at this years Bristol show. Dan from Goldring is involved with it's design and sent the new cartridge which will cost about £1100.00 when put into production. He subsequently collected the deck after it was finished and tested and was amazed at how it sounded in our demonstration room with their Concept 500 speakers. The deck also had the new Lingo MK4 power supply. Their cartridge has some new technology but has some things in common with the Linn Krystal, like the Goldring 1042 and Adikt. The prototype is very good but lacks the vitality and "spot on" quality of the Krystal. Tonal balance a little too smooth and lacking sparkle but may be re-voiced before production and of course no Linn 3 point "land" mounting system. Like the 1042 the Goldring is "generalised" for many applications instead of Linn's "specialised" cartridges, developed on proper "Linn" LP12's using tune dem. The Goldring deserves success and will find many happy owners but it was refreshing here for our demonstration deck to be back to normal when the Krystal was re-fitted.

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Colin Macey. WYSAH Beaconsfield.

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2018-07-14, 16:16
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RE: Adikt stylus guard
(2018-07-12 11:18)Mikeg Wrote:  
(2018-07-11 22:08)Hamstall Wrote:  £400 on a £250 Goldring with a fancy logo.


Is the Adikt exactly the same as a standard Goldring 1042 with just a different body?

Colin's reply is quite good. I've been trying to decide how to reply to this and decided to take a bit different tack.

Of course it is! Just like the $4710US Kandid is the same as a standard Lyra Delos ($1995) with a different body. Oh wait, the Kandid is made by the master Yoshinori Mashima, who doesn't do the initial build on the Delos, so it must be the same as an Atlas ($11,995) with a different body.Big Grin

I expect that might be enough to point out the ridiculous nature of the original comment about the Adikt and the Goldring 1042. But in case it isn't, I'll point out that in reality the Adikt is designed by Linn and made by Armour/Goldring, just as the Krystal is designed by Linn and made by them and the Kandid is designed by Linn and built by Lyra (who has been building cartridges OEM for Linn since before they were Lyra). A good example of this was that Jonathan Carr, the designer of Lyra cartridges, was asked how much Lyra technology was in the Linn Akiva (predecessor to the Kandid, also made by Lyra). He answered that the Akiva did not share any parts with any Lyra cartridge - it was a unique Linn design that they built for Linn, as is the case with the Kandid. A friend of mine in the business was told by a higher up at Lyra that no cartridge they make would perform as well as the Kandid in the Ekos SE on an LP12, the synergy of the pieces was just too strong. Another confirmation of what Colin stated in his post.

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