Benz-Micro

Founded by original designer Ernst Benz in the 1980s, Benz-Micro earned recognition throughout the world as one the top cartridge manufacturing companies. In 1994 Albert Lukaschek took over under the leadership of Albert Lukaschek. 20 years later, Benz-Micro announced their focus on the upper end Swiss hand-made phono cartridges. 

Benz Micro’s current production team represents the best of the best for producing state-of-the-art phono cartridges.

MC GOLD AND MC SILVER

Benz-Micro MC Gold and MC Silver

Features

• Output Voltage: 2.0 mV (Silver), 0.4mV (Gold)
• Stylus Shape: Elliptical Diamond
• Stylus: 0.3 x 0.7mil
• Impedance: 20 ohms (Gold), 120 ohms (Silver),
• Loading range: >200 ohms (Gold), 47K Ohms (Silver)
• Weight: 5.7 grams for both
• Compliance: 15cu for both
• Tracking: 1.7-2 grams

ACE SL or ACE SM or ACE SH

Benz Micro ACE red white blue

Features

• Output Voltage (3.54cm/sec) – 0.4 mV (SL), 0.8 mV (SM), 2.5 mV (SH)
• Stylus shape: Micro Ridge
• Stylus : 5 x 120µm
• Internal ohms: 12 (Low), 24 (Medium), 90 (High),
• Loading range: >100 (Low), >240 (Medium), >1,000 (High)
• Weight: 8.8 grams for each cartridge
• Compliance: 15cu (Low) , 14cu (Medium), 14cu (High)
• Tracking: 1.6-1.9 grams

Benz Micro – Glider SL or Glider SM or Glider SH

Benz Micro GLIDER SL-SM-SH
• 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: 12 (Low), 24 (Medium), 90 (High)
• Loading Range: >100 (Low), >240 (Medium), >1,000 (High)
• Weight: 6.8 grams for each cartridge
• Compliance: 15cu (Low), 14cu (Medium), 14cu (High)
• Tracking: 1.6–1.9 grams

Benz Micro – Wood SL or Wood SM or Wood SH

Benz Micro WOOD SL SM SH

Features

• 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

Benz Micro – Reference S Copper

Benz-Micro Reference S Copper

Features

• Output Voltage (3.54 cm/sec): 0.26 mV
• Stylus shape: Micro Ridge
• Stylus : 5 x 120µm
• Internal ohms: 5
• Loading range: >100 ohms
• Weight: 9 grams
• Compliance: 15cu
• Tracking: 1.8–2.2 grams

Benz Micro Ruby ZL or ZH

Benz Micro Ruby Z and ZH

Features

• Output Voltage (3.54 Cm/sec): 0.35 mV (L), 0.7 mV (H)
• Stylus Shape: Micro Ridge
• Stylus : 5 x 120µm
• Internal Ohms: 38
• Loading Range: >400 ohms
• Weight: 10.2 grams for both Low and High
• Compliance: 15cu
• Tracking: 1.8-2 grams

Benz Micro SLR or SHR Gullwing

Benz Micro Gullwing SLR SHR

Features

• Output Voltage: 0.34 mV (SLR), 0.7 mV (SHR)
• Stylus Shape: Micro Ridge
• Stylus : 5 x 120µm
• Load Range: >400 ohms
• Impedence: 38ohm
• Weight: 12.2 grams for both Low and High
• Compliance: 15cu
• Body: Brass
• Tracking: 1.8-2 grams

Benz Micro Ebony TR, Ebony High, Ebony Low

Benz Micro Ebony TR, H and L

Features

• Output Voltage (3.54 Cm/sec): 0.1 mV (TR), 0.26 mV (L), 0.8 mV (M), 2.5 mV (H)
• Stylus Shape: Micro Ridge
• Stylus : 5 x 120µm
• Internal Ohms: 1 (TR), 90 (H)
• Loading Range: >5 ohms (TR), >50 ohms (L), >1000 ohms (H)
• Weight: 9.6 grams for both TR and High
• Compliance: 14cu
• Tracking: 1.6-1.9 grams

 

Benz Micro LP or LP-S

Benz Micro – LP or LP-S

Features

• Output Voltage: 0.34mV (both)
• Stylus size: 5 x 120µm
• Impedance: 38 ohms
• Loading range: >400 ohms
• Weight: 10.7 grams (LP), 16.4 grams (LP-S)
• Compliance: 15cu
• Tracking: 1.8-2 grams

 
Products and specifications subject to change without notice.

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Online Reviews:

» tonepublications.com – Benz Micro Ruby Z Cartridge
» hi-fiworld.co.uk – Benz Micro Ace SL
» 10audio.com – LP-S and Gullwing SLR Cartridges, August 2013
» hifinews.co.uk – Benz Micro ACE SH, June 2013
» positive-feedback.com – Benz Micro – ACE H Cartridge
» hifizine.com – Benz Micro – Glider SL Cartridge, March 2011
» Hi-Fi World on normanaudio.com – Benz Micro – Wood SL Cartridge, December 2010
» avguide.com – Benz Micro ACE L MC Cartridge, Sep 2008
» dagogo.com – Benz Micro Ebony TR, June 2008
» Stereophile – Paul Bolin – Benz Micro L2 Wood Body Phono, Cartridge July 2003


Printed Reviews – not available online

The Absolute Sound 2011 High-End Audio Buyer’s Guide 
Benz Micro Glider SM
Benz Micro Gullwing SLR
Benz Micro LP S

The Absolute Sound “The 30 Greatest Bargains in High-End Audio”
Benz Micro Glider SM Cartridge

The Absolute Sound High-End Buyer’s Guide (Spring 2010)
Benz Micro Glider SM

Stereophile Recommended Components (October 2010)
Benz Micro LP-S

The Absolute Sound Editor’s Choice Awards 2010 (March 2010)
Benz Micro ACE S
Benz Glider SM
Benz Micro Ebony L

2009 Absolute Sound Product of the Year (January 2010)
Benz Micro Glider SM

The Absolute Sound (October 2010)
Benz Micro SLR Gullwing

The Absolute Sound (October 2010)
Benz Micro LP S-MR

The Absolute Sound High-End Buyer’s Guide (November 2009)
Benz Micro Glider SM

Stereophile Recommended Components (October 2009)
Benz Micro ACE SL
Benz Micro MC-20E2-L

The Absolute Sound Editors’ Choice Awards 2009 (September 2009)
Benz Micro ACE S Class
Benz Micro Glider S Class
Benz Micro Ebony L

Stereophile Recommended Components (April 2009)
Benz-Micro MC-20e2-L

The Absolute Sound Top Picks 2009 (March 2009)
Benz-Micro Glider S

HiFi News (August 2009)
Benz Micro LP S-Class

Bound for Sound #194 (July 2009)
Benz Micro Glider SM

Stereophile (June 2009)
Benz-Micro ACE-SL

Absolute Sound (March 2009)
Benz-Micro Glider S (M)

The Absolute Sound 2008 Editors Choice Awards:
Benz-Micro ACE Cartridge
Benz-Micro Ebony L

Stereophile Recomended Components 2008
Benz-Micro MC20E2-L Cartridge (C)

AV Guide – (Oct 2008)
Benz Micro Ebony L MC Cartridge

Benz-Micro Ebony H — The Absolute Sound – Jim Hannon – (March 2008)


OLDER REVIEWS

The Absolute Sound 2007 Editors’ Choice Awards 2007

Benz Lukaschek PP-1 (Phono stages, under $2000)
Benz Micro ACE (Cartridges, $500 – $1000)
Benz-Micro Ebony L (Cartridges, $2000 and up)

» Benz-Micro MC20E2 L and Ebony L Cartridges — The Stereo Times – Frank Alles (Sep 2007)
Benz Ebony L — The Absolute Sound – Paul Seydor – (June 2007)
» Benz-Micro MC20E2-L — Stereophile — Art Dudley – ( Sept 2007)
» Benz-Micro Ebony L — www.dagogo.com – Jack Roberts (Sep 2007)
» Benz-Micro ACE L — www.dagogo.com – Bill Epstein – (Dec 2007)

The Absolute Sound 2006 Editors’ Choice Awards – 2006
Benz Lukaschek PP-1 (Phono stages, under $2000)
Benz Micro ACE (Cartridges, $500 – $1000)
Benz Micro Ruby 3 (Cartridges, $2000 and up)

The Absolute Sound – HP’s Workshop (January 2006)
Benz Micro LP Phono Cartridge

The Absolute Sound Editors’ Choice Awards (December 2005)
Benz Lukaschek PP1 T-9 Phono Stage
Benz Micro ACE Phono Cartridge
Benz Ruby 2 Phono Cartridge

The Absolute Sound – Chris Martin (August 2005)
Benz Micro ACE Low Output Phono Cartridge

Stereo Times – Dave Thomas
Benz Micro ACE Low Output Phono Cartridge

Stereophile Recommended Components (June 2004)
Benz Micro ACE Mono Phono Cartridge — Art Dudley –

Stereophile Recommended Components (November 2003)
Benz-Micro L2 Wood Body cartridge – Paul Bolin

AudioAsylum.com – J. P. Matt (April 2003)
Benz Micro ACE Phono Cartridge

Stereophile Recommended Components – 2002
Benz-Micro Glider Series 2

Stereophile (March  2002)
Benz Glider Series 2

EnjoytheMusic.com – Neil Walker  (September 2001)
Benz Micro L2 Wood Body Phono Cartridge

HiFi News and Record Review  (July ’98)
Benz Glider