London Super Gold Cartridge


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Quick Overview

The Super Gold is one of the most popular cartridges in the range due to it's incomparable value for money.

It features an extended line stylus and damped metal body.


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London cartridges are absolutely unique in both concept and performance. The value for money is outrageous (in the best possible way) as they put most high end cartridges to shame in so many critical areas. The most immediate impression given is of fabulous live feel to music - in other words, notes start with lightening speed and decay with precision - just as they should - this makes the average cartridge sound almost glacial in its presentation. Those with slight hearing loss do not always notice speed so this may not be important to some folks. The next outstanding characteristic is huge dynamic range - this makes the music so much more listenable at low volumes that it is simply staggering. At normal levels it makes for an exciting and highly entertaining experience. However this is just the beginning - the London cartridges have it all - in spades. Tonal accuracy, delicacy, seperation and imaging.

I have heard London fans rave about these attributes with great passion and put it down to personal preference. After all these cartridges are a fairly old design and not exactly high end prices. If they were THAT good, surely one would expect a larger following. There are explantations for this as these cartridges take a bit of care to get right. However in a good system with the correct set up, these cartridges are unsurpassed in most key aspects.

As with any product you will always find detractors - most fault finding regarding the Londons circulate around lack of bass and tracking ability. Having spoken to a number of experts about these comments they can be explained largely by the need for correct effective arm mass and a decent balanced system.

Because the London is SO dynamic it can cause compression effects in equipment - this instantly causes bass to suffer - Compression effects can occure in all electronics from the phono stage to the Loudspeaker drivers. However a good system philosophy for ultimate performance is to start with a high quality source signal and sort out the rest of the system rather than dumb down the source which ultimately can never achieve the best results.

Please note: London cartridges are not available outside the UK unless purchased with an arm or turntable.

  1. On its own Review by uzzy

    No cartridge performs like the Decca .. it has the ability to react with lightening fast speed to any nuance in the music .. there is a total lack of compression on transients. Once set up properly in a suitable arm (from damped unipivots to the SME V) nothing can compare with any other cartridge sounding dull and lifeless by comparison.

    It is a lifetime investment too, as come stylus change it will cost you less than £300 for a complete rebuild and service with a new fine line or paratrace stylus .. This make it a total bargain and the single best most important investment you will ever make in vinyl replay. (Posted on 01/01/2017)

  2. One og the best Review by Doc

    I have a long standing regard for the Decca Super, mounted in my OL Silver 3 with paddle on my Townshend Rock III it sounds detailed, fast with an organic sound. It is my everyday cartridge only beaten by the Ortofon A90 on my other Rock TT. (Posted on 12/04/2016)

  3. Sound is Dynamic Review by Colin

    Received the Decca SG on Thursday, got it set up on the Thursday evening & am liking it very much, sound is dynamic, alive & information retrieval is great, have had no issues regards to tracking on any of my records that I have played both old & new so my hair is still present.

    (Posted on 18/12/2013)

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