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Grado - Gold3 - Prestige Series Turntable Phono Cartridge


Grado - Gold3 - Prestige Series Turntable Phono Cartridge

The Grado Prestige Gold3 turntable cartridge delivers pure amazing sound from your turntable. Attach it to your tone-arm and get high quality sound. It will make your records sound quieter, improving the height, width, and depth of the soundstage. All four pieces of the cartridge are made from different materials, to offer more sound detail than previously obtainable.

The newly redesigned Gold3 has had their coil design reconfigured, and the effective moving mass of its generating system has been reduced by 17%. The Gold3 model uses a four piece OTL cantilever technology, ultra-high purity long crystal (UHPLC) oxygen free copper wire in the coils and Grado's specially designed elliptical diamond mounted on a brass bushing.

The Gold3 model is selected from the Silver3 production run and meets higher test specifications. Approximately 5% of the production run meet these standards and become Gold3 models.

This technology rejects unwanted resonances and lowers distortion preserving the fundamental and harmonic frequencies of the music. This also helps keep noise generated by the motor system in the cartridge to a minimum.

Grado’s OTL stylus/cantilever design makes records sound quieter, improves the height, width, and depth of the soundstage, and present more detail than previously obtainable.

The Gold3 cartridges are all hand assembled by Grado's team in Brooklyn, NY USA, with some builders having over 25 years of experience. With the recent development of the highly received Lineage Series of cartridges, Grado is able to have a trickle down of technology and bring some new techniques to the Gold3.

This updated series of cartridges offers excellent tonal balance, dynamics, and realism, for a most rewarding reproduction of vocals and instruments. The Grado 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 Gold3 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 Gold3 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 Gold3 Grado cartridge provides a stunning performance over most of the cartridges that are usually supplied with most entry level turntables.

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  • Hand-Assembled at Grado Labs (Brooklyn, NY USA)
  • Four-Piece OTL Cantilever Technology
  • Ultra High Purity Copper Coil
  • Grado-Specific Elliptical Diamond Stylus Mounted in Brass Bushing
  • Twin Magnet System
  • Patented Flux-Bridge™
  • Four Coil Unison
  • De-Stressed Chassis
  • Swiss Screw Machined


Frequency Response


Channel Separation at 1KHz

Input Load

Output at 1KHz 5CM/sec.
5.0 mV

Recommended Tracking Force
1.5 grams

Stylus Type
Elliptical Diamond

45 mH


Stylus Replacement

Compliance CUs

Standard & P-Mount Options

5.5 grams

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