Benz Micro ACE Cartridges

4.67/5 (3 Reviews)


Product Description

Advanced Cartridge Engineering. Cost/performance breakthrough.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Peter Murano a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: February 24, 2007

Bottom Line:   
I am an amateur musician, but beyond that, a music lover (as a listener) who has survived the LP quad era, cassette and 8-track tape, reel-to-reel, and the compact disc and now ipod formats, enjoying brass, Baroque, Renaissance, Mahler, Dvporak, Shostakovich, Bruckner, Haydn - you get the picture. Through it all, while I have amasses a decent commercial CD collection over time, I recently went back to vinyl and vintage audio playback equipment (both thanks to ebay) and have NOT regretted one minute. I now listen to the CDRs that I make from my vinyl LPs more than to my regular CDs. Why? The sound is different/"better". Words tend to be clumsy to try to explain: more warmth, more vivid sound, more like a live performance, bigger soundstage, even with the occasional surface noise inherent in the LP format.

Which brings me to the Benz Ace. This cartiride creates a very low noise floor, meaning the LP music jumps out from a near-silent backdrop. This makes them sound like CDs (especially if it is an LP with quiet surfaces). The cartridge did sound very good "right out of the box", although my experience told me it would even improve with time, and it has (about 30 hours on it so far). I love the midrange detail, the solid bass, the lack of harshness, the overall "musical" presentation - I will keep this cartidge and not need to look for any other. That is the best compliment I can give any item such as this.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   elusive disc



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by demos100 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: May 11, 2006

Bottom Line:   
Simply a very good, probably the best under 700 Euro cartridge. I have the medium output version (clear). Full, tight bass. Class A Dynamics and the most precise imaging that I could not believe that is possible. The Benz is clearly a winner. Transperancy and detail without the washed-out symptoms are something phenomenal.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   -



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Yung a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: April 17, 2006

Bottom Line:   
High output moving coil 2.5mV medium compliance cartridge. Used on Rega P-25 turntable. Matches well with RB 600 arm, heavy counter weight used mine is the Clearaudio Heavweight. Phono amp Graham Slee Amp 2 SE Unico P integrated and Audio Physic Yara

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2005

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   needledoctor




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