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
Benz Micro Cartridge trade-in program:
Perhaps one of the best deals about Benz cartridges, other than their beautiful sound, is the generous trade-in program offered by the importer. Trade in value varies based on the cartridge being traded in.For re-tip exchanges please call Upscale Audio directly at 909-931-9686.
If you have a cartridge you'd like to trade in towards your new purchase, please choose the appropriate trade-in program option above. We will process your order immediately at the discounted price and ship your cartridge to you. You will then be issued an RA number by email that you will need to reference when you send your trade in to Upscale Audio.
We require receipt of the trade within 30 days of order placement. If the trade is not received within that time, we are authorized to charge you the full retail price of the cartridge you ordered. If the cartridge sent in does not match the trade in program selected, the invoice will be amended to match and the customer will be charged any remaining balance.
Benz LP S-Class Specifications
•Impedance: 38 ohms
•Loading range: >400 ohms
•Tracking force: 1.8-2g