VPI Goldy MC Cartridge

New Jersey-based VPI Industries are quite well-known for their rightly vaunted lines of high-quality turntables and tonearms respectively, but when they decided to get into the cartridge engineering universe, they turned to Audio-Technica for the manufacturing assist. VPI found early A-T/made-in-Japan partnership success with both the Shyla moving coil (MC) cart and the entry-level Shirley moving magnet (MM) cart — and now, one of their latest offerings, the Goldy MC cartridge, looks to continue the string.

The design goal here, according to VPI brand president Mat Weisfeld, is as follows: 'When voicing the Goldy, as with the Shyla, our main focus was to hit the midrange while still having a strong punch on the bass and detail on the highs.” The Goldy also has similar internal and dampening modifications as the Shyla cartridge does (of which you can read more about here).

Using the AT-OC9 cartridge series as a base along with VPI’s voicing, the Goldy sports a nude rectangular line-contact shank stylus on a nude boron cantilever. The stylus has a curvature radius of 1.5 x 0.28mil, while the cantilever is 0.28mm in diameter. PCOCC wire is used for the coil, the terminal pins are brass, and the mount is half-inch.


Specs for the Goldy include a frequency response of 20-50,000Hz, channel separation of 28dB (1kHz), vertical tracking angle of 20º, vertical tracking force of 1.8-2.2g (2.0g standard), recommended load impedance of 100ohms minimum when a head amplifier is connected, coil impedance of 12ohms (1kHz), DC resistance of 12ohms, coil inductance of 25mH (1kHz), channel balance of 05.dB (1KHz), static compliance of 22 x 10.6cm/dyne, and dynamic compliance of 18 x 10.6 cm/dyne (100Hz).


Additionally, the Goldy weighs 0.3oz (7.6g), and its dimensions are 0.66 x 0.68 x 1.01in (16.8 x 17.3 x 25.7mm), w/h/d.

The VPI Goldy cartridge has an SRP of $1,300. For additional SRP context, the SRP for the above-noted Shyla is $2,000, while the entry-level Shirley has an SRP of $100.

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Glotz's picture

Is the one cart I need to look on the next cycle of purchasing to replace or at least fight against the vaunted Hana ML.

HFN just reviewed this and it was very well lauded. I am def curious, especially with the changes VPI wrought in boosting FR in special places.

Glotz's picture

and I didnt even read the press release until after posting! I am a charlatan. sigh. lol.

Mike Mettler's picture
A valiant and vaunted effort nonetheless... ;)

We do have a Hana Umami Blue review in the works, btw.

Glotz's picture

Cannot wait.. that Blue has been on my list for a minute!!

HiFiMark's picture

VPI didn't partner with Peter Ledermann.

Related, but not really, I had a SoundSmith MIMC on my VPI Classic Signature at one point and it was a wonderful combination...

It was only the EMT / Auditorium / Shindo Kool-Aid that took me in another direction.

Glotz's picture

I think I'd like to investigate EMT for sure... There has been some great ink spilt on their offerings.

Kavahead's picture

There was a a Soundsmith VPI Zephyr MI cart back in 2010's...
I ended up mounting an Aida on my VPI Prime.

Old Zorki II's picture

It looks similar, just as cartridge description -but interestingly enough specifies tracking angle as 20 degrees, with AT 23 degrees. Dunno if it would make a difference as most people adjust VTA "finely" by ear. I suspect that cantilever and stylus are identical. Why then racking angle is different? Original AT was also half the price before it became OOP, and newer OC-9XSL is $750. But who knows, may be there is some special juice in VPI version..

spielberg's picture

Lovely sound!
May I ask what is the phono stage you’re using and also how you’re digitizing the LP playback? Thanks in advance dinosaur game