Never before now have I had the opportunity to analyze a phono-cartridge. However, there has to be a first time for everything, and this will be my initiation in the world of analogue sources.
I’ve had in my system different needle brands, among which were Goldring, Benz Micro, Clearaudio and Lyra, so our special guest today is one we are familiar with. In fact, I owned a Benz Micro Ruby 2. A moment of candor here: I purchased the Ruby but never quite fell in love with it. It never sounded the way I wanted it to, despite being combined with an SME IV tonearm and my old Brinkmann Edision. I ended up selling it and acquiring a Clearaudio Concerto.
As stated, this first contact with the Benz Micro was not especially f
I should also point out that since the last time I had a Benz at my house, I have changed my turntable. I have moved from a Transrotor Leonardo 25 25 60 Doppio turntable, with an SME IV tonearm to a SPJ La Luce with an SPJ titanium tonearm. With the most recent turntable, I have been using a Lyra Titan i. Again, I wasn’t happy with this combination either. I had the impression that my new combination of turntable-tonearm could sound much better than it actually did. I had spoken several times with Judith Spotheim, designer and owner of SPJ, who informed me that the combination of an SPJ tonearm and Lyra phono-cartridge was not the best. She suggested very explicitly that I try the Benz Micro.
This was my state of mind when the opportunity arose to try out a Benz phono-cartridge. Without any hesitation, I set about testing the object of this review which, without further ado, is: the Ruby Z phono-cartridge.
Output 0.34mVStylus 5x120mImpedance 38 ohmsLoading range >400 ohmsWeight 10.2gCompliance 15cuTracking force 1.8-2g