The Benz LP-S is, along with its twin sister the LP-S, a legend from the Swiss manufacturer. Introduced in 2008 and still produced to this day, it underwent several changes along the way.
The LP-S is the “heavy” version of the LP. Its weight (16 g) has been optimised to offer optimal pairing with high-end tonearms. However, its compliance (15) also makes it a suitable match for the majority of medium and heavy weight tonearms. You will recognize it by its beautiful polished ebony body and silver printing. Historically, it was the first Benz cartridge equipped with the magnificent Micro Ridge profile stylus fitted to a pure boron cantilever. The chassis is solely composed of a copper and tin alloy and also has a 6 g mass of brass.
The square plate generators have new “Pure Iron Cross” 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. We recommend a powerful enough preamp, even though its output level is not the lowest on the market (0.35 mV). 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. He recommends a break-in period of about forty hours before the cartridge shows its true potential.
From the opening bars, we stand amazed by the presence and realism of this cartridge. Vocals are absolutely stunning in their timbre and authentic quality. There even came moments which we thought we perfectly knew, but the LP-S still impressed us with its analytical power. The timbre quality of this cartridge could make you believe it lacks definition. But the reality couldn’t be further from the truth! It delivers a subtle blend and a skilful balance between all aspects that make an exceptional product separate from an excellent one. And let’s not forget the remarkable dynamics and superb sound stage!
And the Benz LP-S does all of that with a rarely before heard elegance and purity, even with cartridges 2 or 3 times more expensive!
Highly recommended for music, and especially analogue lovers devoted to timbre quality and nuance. Within this range, few cartridges show as many qualities and have so few drawbacks as this one!
We highly recommended it! Franck
Cantilever: 0.28 mm diam boron
Stylus: Micro Ridge
Tracking angle: 20°
Coils: Square ruby Jewel plate
Internal impedance: 38 Ohms
Frequency response: 10-50 000 Hz
Resistive load: Greater than 400 Ohms
Tracking force: 1.8-2.2 g
Recommended tracking force: 1.9 g
Break-in period: 40 hours