Grado Epoch

  • Model: Epoch
  • Shipping Weight: 5lbs
  • 1 Units in Stock
  • Manufactured by: Grado
$12,000.00
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The Crown Jewels

The flagship Grado Epoch combines sapphire, gold, diamond, and cocobolo wood to produce the finest hand-built cartridge ever.

For me, a 10 out of 10 Star product is the Grado Epoch.

VPI, Harry Weisfeld
The Epoch and Aeon, which see final assembly by John Grado himself on his workbench in Brooklyn, are two cartridges that offer exceptional reproduction of vocals and instruments, with superlative tonal balance, dynamics, imaging, and realism. Grado’s coil winding techniques, which have been honed throughout the decades, have let them achieve exact unison between the four coils in each phono cartridge. This allows for a precise balance between channels and accurate stereo imaging. Each Grado is wound with the finest properly sized and annealed 24-karat solid gold wire, which is the ultimate conductor for the transmission of the music from your record.

Generations in the Making.

The Summit of Sound

The Epoch brings to life an exceptional reproduction of vocals and instruments, with superlative tonal balance, dynamics, imaging, and realism. The Epoch features a unique system that has the lowest effective moving mass of any cartridge, while our patented Flux-Bridger generator design creates a superior balance throughout the full frequency spectrum with superb resolution and clarity, which produces an overall truer picture of the music.
All of the internal magnetic circuit parts are Swiss screw machined or molded metal, which have tolerances on the order of the best Swiss-made watches. The specially designed diamond stylus, for the first time in a Grado, is mounted on a sapphire cantilever that connects to the stylus generating system. The Epoch and Aeon feature a unique system that has the lowest effective moving mass of any cartridge, while Grado’s patented Flux-Bridger generator design creates a superior balance throughout the full frequency spectrum with superb resolution and clarity, which produces an overall truer picture of the music. This is all nestled inside a cocobolo wooden housing.
In 1953, our family started building cartridges on their kitchen table. Every experience in our history has led to the creation of the Lineage Series. The Epoch and Aeon represent the craftsmanship and unwavering dedication to sound that has been Grado’s main focus for over half a century.

"If you have the money and are looking for an amazing cartridge for your record collection, the Grado Epoch is the one"

Steve Hoffman

Jewels of the Crown.

The Materials

A major step forward in phono cartridge design, the sapphire, gold, diamond, and cocobolo work in harmony to bring this cartridge to life. The specially designed diamond stylus, for the first time in a Grado, is mounted on a sapphire cantilever that connects to the stylus generating system. The Epoch features a unique system that has the lowest effective moving mass of any cartridge, riding smooth and steady on vinyl.

In the Details.

Extreme Precision

All of the internal magnetic circuit parts are Swiss screw machined or molded metal, which have tolerances on the order of the best Swiss-made watches. Grado’s coil winding techniques, honed throughout the decades, bring exact unison between the four coils in each phono cartridge. This creates precise balance between channels and accurate stereo imaging. The Epoch is wound with the finest properly sized and annealed 24-karat solid gold wire, which is the ultimate conductor for the transmission of the music from your record.

The Sound of Wood.

Built from Cocobolo

The flagship Grado cartridge is nestled inside a cocobolo housing, adding solid mass and a bold yet revealing signature sound. Cocobolo, known for fine instruments and those chess sets that look too nice to touch, is some of the most beautiful and tonally pleasing woods we have ever used. Its denseness and grain is a primary reason why it produces such a unique sound.

With Love.

Hand-Built in Brooklyn

Each Epoch built sees final assembly by John Grado himself on his workbench, fine tuning them for the best turntable and hi-fi setups. Every experience in our history has led to the creation of the Lineage Series. The Epoch represents the craftsmanship and unwavering dedication to sound that has been Grado’s main focus for over half a century.