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Listed in The Absolute Sound 2012 High-End Audio Buyer's Guide
"Recommended Component" - Stereophile
"Editor's Choice Award" Winner - The Absolute Sound
Honored, Acclaimed, and Just Plain Wonderful
The hand-built, Swiss-made Benz-Micro Glider moving coil phono cartridge has been doubly honored by the audiophile press. It was chosen as a "Recommended Component" in Stereophile and an "Editor's Choice Award Winner" in The Absolute Sound.
"Superlative Tonal Balance"
The Benz Micro Glider S-Class medium output cartridge was honored by being included in The Absolute Sound 2012 High-End Audio Buyer's Guide. According to the magazine, "Sonically it's all about superlative tonal balance. There's the reassuring dash of warmth in the lower mids and bass, a lush midrange, and a presence range and treble that have air and delicacy. Vocals have a liquidity and harmonic color that never veer toward brittleness… For those searching for playback that's as musically expressive as it is hones, the Glider will set your system soaring."
The Benz-Micro Glider moving coil cartridge incorporates the critically-acclaimed Benz Dynascan with Gyger S Stylus coupled to improved generators using new coil windings and refined pole pieces/damper designs.
Albert Lukaschek of Benz-Micro began researching increased performance and uniformity of his cross coil designs while developing the Benz Ebony models. Experimenting with the length of the solid Boron cantilever revealed how the elasticity of this very stiff material contributed to compliance and trackability. Development of a grooved rear pole piece for countersinking the o-ring damper, first introduced on the Benz Ruby square plate cartridges, was then adapted to the cross coil designs, given their lower contact area and damping characteristics.
The Glider S Class offers superior definition and transparency along with increased dynamics. A higher output level is generated by increased magnet strength and size. The Gyger S stylus retrieves and resolves more musical information than ever before. Aerospace suspension technology delivers enhanced tracking, while a locking azimuth/suspension mechanism provides improved imaging. Glider S Class also offers greater signal conductivity, easier and more precise VTA adjustments, and gold plating for lasting beauty.
Choose high output (2.5mV), medium output (0.8mV), or low output (0.4mV) version.