Benz Micro MC ACE SM cartridge

Medium output moving coil cartridge.

MC preamplifier required.

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This Benz Micro cartridge is almost a legend! In fact, the Swiss manufacturer has been producing this Benz Micro ACE (Advanced Cartridge Engineering) for 15 years.

As with most models in the range, it is historically available with three output levels. A Low SL (SL=0.4mV), Medium (SM=0.8mV) and High (SH=2.5mV) output variant.

The product is crafted, assembled and tested meticulously in Benz Micro's new workshop in Switzerland, under the expert eyes and ears of Albert Lukaschek.

Benz Micro ACE SM: Needle

In the latest 'S' variants, the ACE is adorned with a beautiful Micro Ridge stylus profile fitted to a boron cantilever.

The generators have new coils that use a high purity copper conductor.

A special o-ring seal, ideally designed to provide mechanical linearity and perfect elongation, with the necessary precision to reproduce the subtleties without any colouration, holds the assembly together and serves as a damper.

The compliance of this Benz Micro ACE SM cartridge (15), combined with its weight (8.8 g) make it suitable for a resonance between 8 and 12 Hz, making it compatible with tonearms with an effective weight between 6.5 and 22 g.

Benz Micro ACE SM: Listening and test review

From the opening bars (after a break-in period of a dozen hours) you'll immediately notice and admire the timbre quality of this Benz Micro ACE SM!

A far cry from the cold and clinical listening experience of some competitor products.

The instruments have a greater perspective and the vocals have unparalleled presence and authenticity.

The sound stage is perfectly even across the frequency range, with no excess, which gives more perspective to the various sections.

The dynamics are excellent with a good tempo. It has amazing balance and is very consistent in all registers.

Note that the surface noise is minimal, allowing the music to fully express itself!

This Benz Micro ACE SM cartridge is not exactly new to us, as we were already using one ten years ago. Nevertheless, this new model is a real step-up in quality, giving this benchmark product an almost unrivalled ‘magical’ quality. We highly recommended it for analogue fans everywhere.

Very highly recommended


The Absolute Sound - Editors' Choice Award - 2012


Type: Medium output MC

Output: 0.8 mV

Cantilever: Solid boron, 0.28 mm

Stylus type: Micro Ridge

VTA: 20 degrees

Coils: Pure Iron Cross

Compliance: 15cU

Internal impedance: 12 Ohms

Frequency response: 20-20 kHz

Channel balance: > 0.5 dB

Channel separation: > 35 dB at 1 kHz

Tracking force: 1.6-2 grams

Weight: 8.8 grams

Recommended load: > at 100 ohms

Break-in: 40 hours



The Absolute Sound

Editors' Choice Awards - 2012

The Absolute Sound

Editors' Choice Awards - 2017
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Je dois bien admettre que la première écoute de cette cellule m'a laissé assez dubitatif, voir perplexe. Mais après une dizaine d'heures de "rodage" je ne peux qu' acquiescer au descriptif qui en est fait. Cette cellule est une vrai merveille. Les timbres sont d un réalisme impressionnant, et l ensemble est vraiment très précis !!! Un grand merci à Franck et ses précieux conseils.

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Benz Micro MC ACE SM cartridge

Benz Micro MC ACE SM cartridge

Medium output moving coil cartridge.

MC preamplifier required.

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