Goldfinger Statement V2.1

The ultimate dream

For the first time in a cartridge, the MC Goldfinger Statement V2.1 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

Clearaudio proudly presents the Goldfinger Statement V2.1 cartridge, which offers significant technological advancements for an impressive listening experience.

By integrating stronger magnets and a new selection process, the Goldfinger Statement 2.1 sets new standards in sound quality. Its precise reproduction and impressive detail make it an outstanding cartridge for discerning music enthusiasts. The redesign of the cantilever with an optimized angle contributes to improved tracking accuracy. Visually, the Goldfinger Statement V2.1 features a V engraving that underscores its simple elegance and modernity.

Another notable change lies in the precision of the new manufacturing process of the gold body, which provides even more geometric stability to the Goldfinger Statement V2.1. This cartridge deserves only the finest recordings of all time. To “feed” the Moving Coil (MC) Goldfinger Statement V2.1 with appropriate music material, clearaudio has established a dedicated music production department specializing in audiophile recordings of all genres.

The MC Goldfinger Statement (V1) was the first cartridge with integrated HF shielding. The high sound quality of this world-class cartridge is the result of meticulous detail improvements and fine-tuning of all values. The breakthrough came with the use of a 30% thinner 24-carat gold wire for the coils, a precision-ground gold bracket for securing the magnet block, and a body made of 585 gold – essential core components for the ultimate cartridge masterpiece. A valuable asset that will last for generations. The world-famous Micro-HD diamond ensures the best groove tracking behavior of all time.

Clearaudio's founder refers to this cartridge marvel as “our Opus Magnum in homage to the absolutely flawless audiophile playback of the world's best LP music productions.”

Total weight

16.0 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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