Benz Micro WOOD SL cartridge

Low output moving coil (MC) cartridge

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The Benz Micro Wood cartridges are different from the other products with their wooden body.

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

Benz Micro WOOD SL: Output voltage

This model is available with three output levels.

Here, we have the SL (SL=0.4 mV) low output variant which is to be used with a MC preamplifier or a transformer.

The overall gain must be greater than 55 dB.

Benz Micro WOOD SL: Needle

This latest variant of the Benz Micro Wood S cartridge is adorned with a beautiful Micro Ridge stylus profile fitted to a boron 0.28 mm cantilever.

The generators have been enhanced with brand new helical coils. They use very pure, “Pure Iron Cross” copper conductors.

A special o-ring seal, ideally designed to provide mechanical linearity holds the assembly together and serves as a damper.

Its precise elongation enables it to reproduce the subtleties while suppressing most of the colouration.

The compliance of this Benz Micro Wood SL cartridge (15), combined with its weight (9 g) make it suitable for tonearms with average weight between 9 and 18 g.

Benz Micro WOOD SL: Listening and test review

The Benz Micro Wood S is fairly simple to use. Its square looks make it easy to align.

We achieved an excellent tonal balance with a tracking force of 1.8 g and an anti-skating of around 1.5. VTA has to be carefully adjusted, but it remains simple to do so. We recommend a higher load than 100 Ohms; we used 1 KOhms on our system and it was perfect.

You can plainly hear the potential and sonic texture of this Benz Micro Wood SL Hi-Fi cartridge from the very first seconds.

It boasts a full and very analogue timbre. It expertly combines warmth and definition, something you don’t hear very often!

Tracking is amazing. The sound stage is not the most expressive there is, but it has the merit of being truly authentic and most of all, very precise.

As with all Benz Micro cartridges, sound quality is refined, subtle and very nuanced. Music lovers and audiophiles everywhere will know what the fuss is about. This Benz Micro Wood is what you need!

A spectacular value and music for money!

Just can't recommend it enough!


Type: Low output MC

Output: 0.4 mV

Cantilever: Solid boron, 0.28 mm

Stylus type: Micro Ridge, 6x40 Um

VTA: 22 degrees

Coils: Pure Iron Cross

Compliance: 15cU

Internal impedance: 12ohms

Frequency response: 20-20 kHz

Channel balance: > 0.5db

Channel separation: > 35db à 1kHz

Tracking force: 1.6-2 grams

Weight: 9 grams

Recommended load: > at 100 ohms

Break-in: 40 hours

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Customer reviews


Très belle cellule !

Comme dit dans le titre, belle cellule, elle a de l'allure dans ça coque en bois.
Mais surtout, et c'est se qu'on attend d'elle, quelle sonorité.
Les aiguës apparaissent doux mais détaillés, les basses bien articulées et le registre medium chaleureux.
Au fur et mesure que les heures d'écoute passent (cellule en rodage) la dynamique s'étend, les arrières plan se dessinent et la scène prend de l'ampleur.
j'attends la fin du rodage avec impatience.
En se qui concerne la livraison, j'ai été agréablement surpris.
Commande passée le lundi matin 8h00 reçu le mercredi 10h00.

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Benz Micro WOOD SL cartridge

Benz Micro WOOD SL cartridge

Low output moving coil (MC) cartridge

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