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 PP-1 phono stage. Albert relocated and modernized the factory, employed a highly skilled workforce, introduced many new models, and expanded their OEM cartridge manufacturing. All Cartridges are Hand Made in 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 entry models to the Benz Micro line provide the musicality they are famous for combined with affordability and a wide range of turntable/tonearm compatibility.
The Gold is a low output moving coil at .4mV at 3.54cm/sec, perfectly suited for moving coil phono stages with 60dB or higher gain. The Silver high output (2.5mV at 3.54cm/sec) is ideal for m type phono stages, low-gain tube phono stages and AV systems. These models let you enjoy the Benz Micro sound and provide an upgrade path to the Swiss hand-made cartridges.
The latest LP S incorporates a higher mass brass frame for improved coupling to tonearms, evolved ruby square plate generator and Ebony body. Brass, an alloy of copper and tin, complements Ebony, materials used for building musical instruments. The LP S has 50% more mass than the previous model for enhanced vibrational and resonant characteristics, thus revealing greater dynamic contrasts, deeper bass and increased resolution from all records. The latest LP S Class was the first Benz Micro to use the new Micro Ridge stylus, now found on all Benz Micro Swiss-made cartridges.