Cartridge Loading- Benz LO.4


Looking to see if anyone has experience with proper phono pre-amp impedence for this cart. Specs say 200-47K. Quite a range and I'd like to narrow it down a bit. Any guidance would be appreciated. Thanks!

Regards
Jim
jimbo3
I have the L2, which is the newer version of your cartridge with the same output. A lot will depend on your phono stage, but I have mine loaded @ 300 ohms. I have found that it sounds good most anywhere below 1k ohms, but 100 was way too much. It is very flat and rolled off sounding at that loading.

Oz
Thanks, Swamp and Oz. The phono pre is the "Gold Card" version in the Audible Illusions M3A, if that makes a difference. AI says that MCs typically sound best at the 47K they put in the stock unit. Seems odd to me, but what I know on this subject is VERY limited!

Regards
Jim
I use the Benz phono pre with my L2. The Benz pre has a fixed 22K loading. It's a good-sounding unit, but I'm not at all sure that 22K is ideal.
Jimbo3,

I don't know your cartridge at all, but based on the specs you quoted from Benz I'd be surprised if 47K sounded best. Do you have an easy way to change loading or would you have to strap resistors across the phono inputs?
Doug- The resistors simply plug in on the circuit internally. It's relatively easy, but a little time consuming.