Goldfinger Statement

The ultimate dream

For the first time in a cartridge, the MC Goldfinger Statement features twelve magnets, perfectly matched and symmetrical enabling the system to reach a dynamic range of 100 decibels. For the Clearaudio engineering team this represents the fulfilment of an audiophile dream that seemed long unattainable.

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Product specifications

This cartridge deserves to play the best recordings of all time. In order to 'feed' the moving coil (MC) Goldfinger Statement with adequate music material, Clearaudio founded a music production department specialised in audiophile recordings of all genres.

The MC Goldfinger Statement is also the first cartridge with integrated RF shielding. The outstanding sound quality of this world-class cartridge is the stunning result of meticulously detailed development and fine-tuning of all of the important criteria. The breakthrough came with the use of a 30 per cent thinner 24-carat gold wire for the coils, a precision-milled gold mounting for the magnet array and a body made of solid 14-carat gold – essential core components for the ultimate cartridge masterpiece. The world famous Micro HD diamond stylus provides the best detail retrieval of all time. A flawless diamond on its facia beautifully adorns the MC Goldfinger Statement.

Peter Suchy calls this miracle of a cartridge 'our magnum opus'.

Total weight

Approx. 15.0 g

Output Voltage

0.5 - 0.6mV at 5 cm/s


14-karat gold

Technical specifications
Total mass ~ 15.0g (± 2g)
Frequency response 20Hz – 20kHz
Output voltage (at 5 cm/sec) 0.5 – 0.6mV
Channel separation > 32dB
Channel balance < 0.2dB
Tracking ability 90μm
Recommended tracking force 2.8g (± 0.2g)
Cartridge impedance 50Ω
Cantilever / stylus shape Boron / Clearaudio Prime Line
Compliance 15μ/mN
Coil assembly Absolutely symmetrical design
Coil material 24 carat gold
Cartridge body 14 carat gold
Manufacturer’s warranty* 2 years*
User manuals
reviews & awards
Awards & Nominations

Award winning technology

  • The Absolute Sound - editors-choice-award 2017
  • The Absolute Sound - editors-choice-award 2016
  • Stereophile - recommendet component 2016
  • The Absolute Sound - editors-choice-award 2015
  • Stereophile - recommendet component 2015
  • Stereophile - recommendet component 2014
  • The Absolute Sound - Top 100 Product 2013
  • Stereophile - recommendet component 2013
  • The Absolute Sound - editors-choice-award 2012
  • The Absolute Sound - Phono Cartridge of the year 2011
  • The Absolute Sound - Golden ear Award 2011
  • The Absolute Sound - editors-choice-award 2011
  • The Absolute Sound - editors-choice-award 2010
  • The Absolute Sound - editors-choice-award 2009
  • The Absolute Sound - Golden ear Award 2008
  • The Absolute Sound - editors-choice-award 2008
  • The Absolute Sound - editors-choice-award 2007
Reviews - previews - press comments

What the papers say

[...] I am sure that it is the best Clearaudio cartridge I've heard (and I've heard most of them) and, perhaps, the best cartridge (a lot of) money can currently buy.

Jonathan Valin
High-End Analog Roundup

To hear this thing on a really great, really dynamic recording—such as Clearaudio's own sensational showpiece The Percussion Record—is a jaw-dropping experience. Honestly, this cartridge simply blows the walls out, delivering an almost surround-like soundfield of unparalleled width and depth, with the added bonus of the most thunderous, floor-and-wall-shaking bass (and this record has some bass, folks) I've heard in my room from the Magico Q5s (or any speaker).

Jonathan Valin
High-End Analog Roundup

The Goldfinger comes closer than ever to neutrality, adding substantially to overall transient speed and life like timbre without sacrificing any of Clearaudio's traditional strengths in soundstaging, extension and resolution at the frequency extremes, and astonishing low-level detail. Along with last year's cartridge of the year - the Air Tight PC-1 - the Goldfinger is currently the best mc we've reviewed.

JV forthcoming
The Absolute Sound

The new Clearaudio Goldfinger Statement cartridge goes where no cartridge has gone before, and improves on the already sublime Gold›finger V2.


The Clearaudio Goldfinger Statement is one of the finest cartridges that I have heard to date. The alignment woes and the downforce concerns simply evaporated as soon as I started listening. This is a cartridge that sounds exactly as one might expect given its mass and tracking weight. Put simply, it has a big, bold, enveloping sound and dynamic abilities that absolutely take your breath away. It brings performers right to the fore, laps up complex bass lines, images with pinpoint perfection and yet can rustle up the most ethereal sense of delicacy when required. [...] rediscover your record collection!

Adam Smith
Hi-Fi News
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