Step up transformer for Benz Ebony TR cartridge

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#1 erstellt: 08. Okt 2012, 10:25
Friends, I do not know German, so I am posting my question in English.

I have received a good offer on a Benz Ebony LP and Benz Ebony TR. I have not heard either of them. I would ideally like a clean, fast and natural sounding cartridge. Recently I heard a Lyra Delos, while it was clean and fast it had a very CD like presentation. On good recordings it was great but on average recordings the high frequency was very CD like. I did not enter the Vinyl world to hear a CD like thing, no matter how high the resolution might be. IMO, analogue playback can remain or retain its analogue character still retrieve tons of details and play high resolution.

This is exactly my expectation from one of the Benz carts here. Reading the reviews, I felt the TR is more suitable for my taste which is to have a neutral and fast cartridge while still retaining the full glory of analogue playback. I listen to a lot of Rock n Roll (e.g Elvis) and old world classics so the cartridge should not over blow defects in the recordings but reveal the true character of the music that is on the record. In this context I have two questions:

1. Which of the two cartridge would be more suitable to my needs, Ebony TR or Ebony LP ?

2. If I go with Ebony TR, what kind of step up transformer would I need ? I currently use a RCM Sensor Prelude phonostage which has a gain of 76 db but I am not sure that is enough for the very low output voltage of Ebony TR. Can anyone suggest a suitable step up transformer which is not too expensive yet does justice to the TR ?

BTW, I use a Platine Verdier turntable and a Vector Basis 4 tonearm. The Verdier is neutral yet warm, very revealing yet a tad romantic. I would like to avoid a cartridge which is on the darker side of the neutral. If I have to err, I would like to have something on the livelier side of the neutral.

Please help and suggest.

[Beitrag von abhi.pani am 08. Okt 2012, 10:26 bearbeitet]
#2 erstellt: 08. Okt 2012, 12:45

I cannot say much abaout the cartridges. The only Benz I know is the Wood L2. The sound was kind of that, what you are looking for. It was clean, clear, undistorted. But if it shall be "fast", you need a tonearm with an effective mass of about >14g. But the ebonys??
To the gain of your phonostage: 76dB really should be enough for a low-output MC. So I'm quite sure, that you won't need a transformer.

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