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Benz Micro Zebra Cartridge




The first new cartridge model from Benz Micro in over a decade, the Zebra L offers a stunning combination of performance and value. Combining external materials from the Ruby Z, specifically the namesake zebra wood body, and internal generator of the Wood series cartridges, the Zebra L represents the continuation of the Benz Micro legacy. The denser, more expensive zebra wood material further enhances resonance control, while the classic iron cross generator provides the warm, sweet sound that has always been associated with this legendary Swiss brand. Like its predecessor the Wood SL, the Zebra-L is widely compatible and will perform beautifully on a wide range of systems and musical styles. Now available in three outputs: Low (Zebra L), medium (Zebra M), and high (Zebra H).

MC Zebra Series Specifications:

Body: Vented machined Zebra wood

Cantilever: Solid boron rod: 0.28 mm diameter

Stylus: Nude line-contact diamond, mirror polished

Stylus tip radius: 3 x 60 µm

Vertical tracking angle (VTA): 20 degrees

Coil: Pure iron cross

Weight: 9.6 grams

Output voltage (at 3.54 cm/s): 0.4 mV (Low), 0.8mV (Medium), or 2.5mV (High)

Internal impedance: 12 ohms (Low) 24 ohms (Medium) or 95 ohms (high)

Frequency response: 20 – 20,000 Hz ± 1 dB

Channel balance: Better than 0.5 dB

Channel separation: Better than 35 dB at 1 kHz

Tracking ability at 315 Hz at a tracking force of 2 grams: 80 µm

Dynamic compliance: 15 µm/MN

Recommended loading: 100 - 47k ohms (Low, Medium) 1000 - 47k ohms (High)

Recommended tracking force: 1.7 – 2.0 grams

Optimum tracking force: 1.7 – 1.8 grams

Recommended tonearm mass: Medium to high

Optimum working temperature: 23°C

Break-in period: 40 hours

Warranty 2 years manufacturing defects

Specifications subject to change without notice