Being back from a long sweet summer journey, now winter is knocking on my door, coming with nice long dark knights, perfect to listen to music. It took some time to reactivate my gear, that it sounds as good as before, but after some days everything is back to normal and I am able to continue and to complete this thread, describing the
Body: vented machined Ebony wood
Cantilever: solid boron rod: 0,28mm diameter
Stylus: nude line-contact diamond, mirror polished
Stylus tip radius: 3 x 60 µm
Vertical tracking angle (VTA): 20 degrees
Coil: square ruby jewel plate
Weight: 16,4 grams
Output voltage: 0,34mV at 3,54 cm/s
Internal impedance: 38 ohms
Frequency response: 10 – 50.000 Hz +/- 1dB
Channel balance: better than 0,5dB
Channel separation: better than 35dB at 1 kHz
Tracking ability at 315 Hz at a tracking force of 2 grams: > 80 µm
Dynamic compliance: 15 µm/mN
Recommended loading: 500 – 47.000 ohms
Recommended tracking force: 1,8 – 2,2 grams
Optimum tracking force: 1,8 – 2,0 grams
Recommended tonearm mass: medium to high
Optimum working temperature: 23° C
Break-in period: 40 hours
Benz has 2 cartridges in that segment on offer, the naked Benz SLR Gullwing and the LP-S. Both do have the same generator, cantilever, diamond assembly in different chassis. As I like ebony wood being used for cartridges, the LP-S was my choice.
It took some time to find a matching headshell / Tonearm combination, as the LP-S is a very heavy cart (16,4g) ,
in comparison : the Kiseki Black Heart has around 10gram less.
The heavy cart comes in combination with a medium compliance of 15, so you can imagine, that I had to try some combinations to find something working fine.
As mostly, the SME 3012r performed well, but the most time I listened to the Benz LP-S fitted to the original Kenwood tonearm of the Kenwood L-07d using a Oyaide Carbon Headshell.
Comparing the Benz to the Etsuro Blue, the Benz plays with more weight in the lower registers, voices, specially male voices seem to have big thorax. Resolution is very fine, the Benz has a very sharp needle, , soundstage is deep and precise. The Benz LP-S would be a perfect match to my a little leaner playing Technics SL-1000 MKII, but I cannot fit the LP-S into the Technics EPA-100 tonearm, the damping would not work.
I previous time I had a Benz LP-S fitted to a SME 30 MKII turntable with SME V tonearm, which has worked nicely together.
For me it looks like, the the LP-S is voiced in a more modern (leaner and analytical sounding) tonearm, so that the weight of the lower registers of the LP-S finds an offset.
Personally I do like the LP-S a lot, as I listen to singer- song writer music and the LP-S gives to this music a very intimate and emotional access. If combined in the right way, one of the better carts in this comparison.
Unfortunatley Mr Lukaschek (the owner of Benz) has currently close to zero output, so very difficult to find one of the becoming rare new Benz LP-S carts.
There are some derivatives from this cart existing, as Lukaschek has worked as OEM Partner to a wide range of companies.
(Scheu, Cardas, Audio Exclusive and more)