Swiss manufacturer Benz Micro has re-introduced its Wood S and Ebony series of cartridges, available in multiple output levels.
‘As a result of increased efficiencies at the Benz factory, the Wood S models have been re-introduced with pricing similar to what was offered in 2013,’ said Boris Granovsky, of Absolute HiEnd, which distributes Benz Micro in Australia. ‘These current Wood S models use the MR or Micro Ridge stylus and are available in Low (0.4mV) (Wood SL), Medium (0.9mV) (Wood SM) and High Output (2.5mV) (Wood SH) versions.’ Benz Micro says these models are the 4th generation of cross-coil generator based cartridges originally introduced in the early 1990s as the LO.4, MO.9 and H2O. In 2000, the Series 2 versions were released as L2, M2 and H2 models. The 3rd generation, the updated S Class versions were introduced 8 years later featuring further refinements and the Gyger S stylus.
Granovsky told Australian Hi-Fi Magazine: ‘The Wood SL is best-suited for high-gain phono stages with resistive loading greater than 120Ω. The Wood SM is ideal for tube phono stages providing up to 56dB of gain and is typically loaded at 47kΩ ohms. The Wood SH can be used with MM type phono stages and a 47kΩ input impedance.’
Benz has also re-introduced very limited production run of its Ebony bodied, cross-coil models including the Ebony H and Ebony TR, both featuring Micro Ridge or MR styli. A high-output moving-coil device, the Ebony H shares the same Ebody body as the LP S MR, and is used with MM type phono stages and a 47kΩ input impedance. The Ebony TR is designed for use with a step-up transformer: it has a 0.1mV output and a coil impedance of less than 5Ω. Benz Micro now has a new website, at http://benzcartridges.com
For further information, please contact Absolute HiEnd