The Benz LP S CLASS is the most technically advanced design from the famed Swiss manufacturer. Housed in a special, limited edition, aged ebony body; the LP S Class differs from other world-class cartridge designs in that it is supremely musical. We have never heard any cartridge that matches the LP S Class's warmth and natural portrayal of instruments. If you are like many analog lovers and prefer supreme musicality and listenability, you will love the sound of this cartridge! A musicdirect favorite.
The LP S Class builds on the already acclaimed and awesome sounding Ruby platform, with key refinements and innovations. First, and most obvious, is the new body made from aged ebony wood, which is not only visually stunning, but also deeply influences the cartridge's sonic character. Ebony is an extremely dense and richly toned wood; when combined with the Ruby platform the result is a warm, lush sound with more controlled bass and a richer, rounder mid-bass response. The LP S-Class uses low output, symmetrical coil windings for improvements in clarity and greater phase coherence. By reducing the number of coil windings, the LP S-Class is also able to offer faster dynamic and transient response, albeit with a slightly lower output of 0.35mV. Parts matching, calibration and attention to detail is exceptional for the LP S-Class; with extra care and time spent fine tuning the suspension before the cartridge leaves the factory. The LP S-Class phono cartridge is completely hand built in Benz-Micro's facility in Switzerland and will be a limited production piece due to the scarcity of the aged ebony wood used in crafting the outer shell.
“The best-sounding transducer I’ve heard from [Benz-Micro], whose past products have always left me wanting more. This one, mated with the right arm, is quintessentially musical!”
- Harry Pearson, The Absolute Sound, Golden Ear Award, February 2006