The Benz Wood-bodied cartridges have incredible warmth combined with excellent detail and resolution. The new S-Series incorporates improved generators using new coil windings and refined pole pieces/damper designs along with an improved stylus/cantilever. The Wood-S is pure musicality. Highly recommended!
The S Class models of the Wood Body all incorporate the Benz Dynascan with Gyger S stylus coupled to improved generators using new coil windings and refined pole pieces/damper designs. Albert Lukaschek began researching increased performance and uniformity of his crosscoil designs while developing the Benz Ebony models.
Experimenting with the length of the solid Boron cantilever revealed how the elasticity of this very stiff material contributed to compliance and trackability. Development of a grooved rear pole piece for countersinking the o-ring damper (first introduced on the Benz Ruby square plate cartridges) was then adapted to the cross coil designs, given their lower contact area and damping characteristics. The lower mass coils and matched cantilevers of the new S Class retain their real world output levels and with their improved styli, offer higher performance. Music lovers are getting the best performance/value ratio in phono cartridges, regardless of output level.
I bought this cartridge on the recommendation of Michell Engineering as an upgrade to my elderly Ortofon Rondo Red on my Gyro SE with Technoarm. In short it is most certainly worth the money, doing everything significantly better than the cheaper cart. (specialising in detail without being the least bit fatiguing). Many thanks to Gary and Analogue Seduction for their excellent service to a customer on the other side of the world!
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I was a bit worried about the bass output from the reviews I've read on the internet. But even right out of the box, this cart has fantastic bass response. Tight, deep and wonderful clarity. Bass notes are easily distinguishable. I needed a cart to help tame the treble of my Krell/Legacy combo, and I feel I picked one of the best fits to do such. I wouldn't say this cart is 'warm' sounding as much as it just tames the harshness of other cartridges sound. Cymbals have great attack, sustain and decay. Very realistic sounding with their pitch. Easy to hear the different sizes as they're struck. The sound of snare drums reminds me of when I used to play. That sharp attack, ring of the heads and the pitch of the shell used. Fabulous if you listen to drum tracks on recordings. But where it really shines are in the vocals. Not only very clear, but the ambiance is unparalleled. Very easy to distinguish the artists' intentions of 'room size'. Some vocals just travel far, far off to the sides. Others decay early on, but still have the sound of 'air'. Violins and Cellos' timbre is quite abundant. You can really hear the string instruments resonate. I've never heard Vivaldi's Four Seasons sound this good. And best of all, you can really crank up this cartridge and experience no ear fatigue. Truly the way analogue is supposed to sound. I can't imagine doing any better for this price point. Highly recommended!
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