Benz Micro Wood Cartridge
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The S-Class models of the Wood Body L (low-output), M (medium) and H (high), the Glider SL, SM, SH, and the ACE SL, SM, SH all incorporate the Benz Dynascan system with a Gyger S stylus coupled to improved generators using new coil windings and refined pole pieces/damper designs.
Albert Lukaschek began researching increased performance and uniformity of his cross-coil designs while developing the Benz Ebony H, L and TR models. Experimenting with the length of the solid Boron cantilever revealed how the elasticity of this very stiff material affected compliance and track-ability. Development of a grooved rear pole piece for countersinking the o-ring damper, first introduced on the Benz Ruby square plate cartridges, was then adapted to the cross-coil designs, given their lower contact area and damping characteristics. The lower mass coils and matched cantilevers of the new S-Class retain their real world output levels and with their improved styli, offer heightened performance.
These cartridges yield one of the best performance/value ratios in cartridge market, regardless of output level.
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Benz Micro L2 Wood Body Phono Cartridge
• Output Voltage (3.54 Cm/sec): 0.4 mV (SL), 0.8 mV (SM), 2.5 mV (SH)
• Stylus Shape: Micro Ridge
• Stylus: 5 x 120µm
• Internal Ohms: 12Ω (Low), 24Ω (Medium), 90Ω (High)
• Loading Range: >100 ohms (Low), >200 ohms (Medium), >1000 ohms (High)
• Weight: 9 grams for each cartridge
• Compliance: 15cu (Low), 14cu (Medium), 14cu (High)
• Tracking: 1.6–1.9 grams