The Benz Ebony series are designer Albert Lukaschek’s ultimate realization of his cross-coil generator based cartridges. Each use the best materials such as Ebony wood body, MicroRidge stylus and the most advanced coil windings for their application. The Ebony H (2.5mV at 3.54cm/sec) is the best high output moving coil ever made, ideal for MM type phono stages, low gain tube phono stages and AV systems. The Ebony L (.26mV at 3.54cm/sec, 5ohm coil impedance) optimizes with high gain phono stages (>60dB) with input impedance of less than 300 ohms or when using step-up transformers. The Ebony TR is designed specifically for step-up transformers and has an ultra-low output of .1mV and impedance of 1 ohm.
How do they sound?
Jim Hannon in The Absolute Sound writes about the Ebony H:
“When the Anniversary was coupled with the Helius Omega Silver-Ruby tonearm and a Micro Benz Ebony H phono cartridge, the sound of the front end was very good with explosive dynamics without breakup, bass solidity and weight, see-through transparency, fast transients, an incredibly broad and deep soundstage, and stable imaging. I had not heard anything better for less, and it put several more expensive systems to shame.”
Paul Seydor in The Absolute Sound writes about the Ebony L:
“Soundstaging is wide; depth is excellent, albeit slightly foreshortened but with seamless layering. Apparently incapable of reproducing an unpleasant sound, this is plainly a pickup that casts a Lotuslike spell: You can forget yourself for hours in its seductive embrace. Good tracking.”
Jack Roberts in Dagogo writes about the Ebony TR:
“The Benz Ebony TR cartridge is one of the world’s very best phono cartridges. It also one of the world’s lowest output moving coils; some have even dubbed it a ‘tiny-output’ moving coil. It is housed in a vented case made from aged Ebony, just like the body of the famous Benz LP…The Ebony TR let’s me enjoy the natural sound and tonality of vocals and acoustical instruments in a way I have rarely experienced, except for live music.”
Read full review at http://www.dagogo.com/View-Article.asp?hArticle=135
Benz Ebony H Specifications
- Output: 2.5mV
- Stylus: 5x120µm
- Impedance: 90 ohms
- Loading range: >1000 ohms
- Weight: 10.7g
- Compliance: 14cu
- Tracking force: 1.6-1.9g
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