Benz Micro cartridges receive Editors’ Choice Awards from The Absolute Sound

US-based audiophile publication, The Absolute Sound has featured their annual Editors’ Choice Awards in the March 2017 issue of the magazine. This year, three Benz-Micro cartridges were honored with the awards: the Gullwing SLR, LP-S, ACE, and Glider cartridges.

On the Gullwing SLR:

“Very quiet and transparent to sources, the Gullwing SLR is a stunning-sounding moving coil cartridge…” “The overall result is music that sounds more produced, than reproduced.” -Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound

On the LP-S:

“This is a very high-resolution, very low-noise MC with a remarkable sweet and lifelike treble. In the right ‘arm, it can consistently reveal details you’ve never heard before without ever sound over analytical. One of [my] favorite MC references.” -Jonathan Valin, The Absolute Sound

On the ACE:

“With the right phono stage, it can do a great job of walking that fine line between resolution and smoothness.” -Chris Martens, The Absolute Sound

On the Glider:

“There’s a reassuring dash of warmth in the lower mids and bass, a lush midrange, an a presence range and treble have air and delicacy but no etch or dryness.” -Neil Gader, The Absolute Sound

Benz Micro Press Release – June 2015

Benz Micro

Press Release June 2015
Neuhausen-am-Rheinfall, Switzerland

Benz Micro Switzerland announces the re-introduction of our Wood S and Ebony series of cartridges, available in multiple output levels.

As a result of the growing efficiency at the Benz factory, the Wood S models have been re-introduced with pricing similar to what was offered in 2013. These current Wood S models use the MR or Micro Ridge stylus and are available in Low .4mV (Wood SL), Medium .9mV (Wood SM) and High Output 2.5mV (Wood SH) versions. 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.

The Wood SL is best suited for high gain phono stages with resistive loading greater than 120 ohms. The Wood SM is ideal for tube phono stages providing up to 56dB of gain and is typically loaded ay 47k ohms although 1kohm is also acceptable. The Wood SH can be used with MM type phono stages and a 47k ohms input impedance. The 3 output levels are electrically identical to the low, medium and high versions of both Glider and ACE models, making these re-introduced Wood models the ideal upgrade path. With the re-introduction of the Wood S series, the introduction of the Zebra Wood cartridge has been postponed.

We have also re-introduced very limited production of our Ebony body, cross-coil models including the Ebony H and Ebony TR, both featuring Micro Ridge or MR styli. The ultimate high output moving coil, the Ebony H shares the same Ebody body as our LP S MR, and is used with MM type phono stages and a 47kohm input impedance. The Ebony TR is designed for use with a Step Up Transformer (SUT), featuring a .1mV output and a coil impedance of less than 5 ohms.

Please contact your country’s Benz distributor for upgrade information or email us directly at our factory.

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Benz Micro Press Release – January 2015

Benz Micro

Press Release January 2015
Neuhausen-am-Rheinfall, Switzerland

Following a successful exhibit at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Benz Micro begins shipments of LP S, Ruby Z, SLR Gullwing, MC Gold, and MC Silver cartridges to the USA. As Benz transitions to the newly focused line-up, production is increasing to meet the demand for Benz cartridges worldwide. This transition period begins with the US market and will be phased into other global markets. In addition to the shipment of new Benz cartridges, the US has also received repairs and re-tips, some dating back to 2012.Benz_Micro_CES

As part of our new direction, we have now added a gallery of current Benz cartridges. In the near future, there will be an archival image gallery of previous Benz models. We hope you will enjoy this visual history of our products.

Please check with the Benz dealer or distributor in your country regarding the availability of new cartridges and the status of older repairs and re-tips. We request that all existing and new Benz owners work only with authorized Benz dealers and distributors, not with gray market or 3rd party vendors, to ensure you get the best products and services.

For more information, contact info@benzcartridges.com Benz Micro Press Release January 2015 Neuhausen-am-Rheinfall, Switzerland

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Benz Micro Update

Benz Micro

Press Release November 2014
Neuhausen-am-Rheinfall, Switzerland

Benz Micro Switzerland celebrates 20 years under the leadership of Albert Lukaschek and announces a new focus on their upper end Swiss hand-made phono cartridges. Due to the changes in both the workplace and marketplace, Albert has re-organized the company to produce only its top four models in the favored low output versions, assuring performance that surpasses all previous versions. The company is also proud to announce its new website benzcartridges.com.Benz Micro cartridges have been in production since the 1980s, earning recognition throughout the world as one the top brands in the field. This July saw the passing of Ernst Benz, founder and designer of the original Benz-Micro cartridges. Ernst had retired in 1994 and sold the cartridge production to Albert, his close associate and designer of the Benz-Micro PP-1 phono stage. Albert relocated and modernized the factory, employed a highly skilled workforce, introduced many new models, and expanded his OEM cartridge manufacturing.

Now, 20 years later, Albert has reduced his workforce and stream-lined his factory, focusing on the most popular high-end Benz models: the LP-S MR, Ruby Z, Gullwing SLR, and new Zebra Wood. With the proliferation of many new high-performance, high-gain phono stages, such as the Musical Surroundings Nova II, all four models will be offered only in low output versions. Previous medium and high output versions have been discontinued due to lack of demand prompted by the availability of these modern phono stages.

Hand-building a phono cartridge is a highly developed skill, requiring specially trained technicians working with microscopes and ultra small-scale manufacturing. A competitive global business environment and technically demanding jobs have made finding skilled workers a major concern. On-going changes in the Swiss workforce, including the growth of both the high-end watch industry and high tech, have reduced the pool of these skilled technicians and the potential for new trainees. Benz Micro’s current production team represents the best of the best for producing state-of-the-art phono cartridges. These changes in the labor force, combined with further advances in design and materials, have resulted in new Benz-Micro models that surpass all previous versions in music reproduction. These factors have also led to the decision to focus on replacing older models with new cartridges, and to suspend re-building services.

Please visit benzcartridges.com to learn more about the current line-up. Also look for more exciting news about continued R&D, including a design as a tribute to company founder Ernst Benz.

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