Ortofon Cadenza Bronze, Clearaudio Talisman V2 Gold, Benz Zebra Wood Low

Three Moderately Priced Moving-Coil Cartridges

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Ortofon Cadenza Bronze, Clearaudio Talisman V2 Gold, Benz Zebra Wood Low

Conclusion

The Clearaudio and Benz models offer a fascinating study in contrasts, recommendable to those with very specific musical tastes that happen to dovetail with their relative, though opposing strengths. At the end of the day, however, the dollop or three of romance with which Ortofon seasons the Cadenza Bronze’s neutrality makes it a mighty attractive proposition for red-blooded music lovers. It is now my top recommendation for mc’s costing under two grand, though it can easily compete with many more expensive models as well.

SPECS & PRICING

Ortofon Cadenza Bronze
Output voltage: 400μV @5cm/sec (280μV @3.54cm/sec)
Compliance: 12
Recommended loading: 50–200 ohms
Price: $1999

Ortofon A/S
Stavangervej 9
DK-4900 Nakskov
Denmark
(914) 762-8646
ortofon.us

Clearaudio Talisman V2
Output voltage: 700μV@5cm/sec (500μV@3.54cm/sec)
Compliance: 15
Recommended loading: 300 ohms
Price: $1750

Benz-Micro Zebra Wood Low
Output voltage: 400μV @3.54cm/sec
Compliance: 15
Recommended loading: >120 ohms
Price: $2000

Musical Surroundings (Benz and Clearaudio US Distributor)
5662 Shattuck Ave.
Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 547-5006
musicalsurroundings.com

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