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Old 12-15-2007, 12:25 PM - Thread Starter
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Hi gang:

My newly acquired turntable has a Benz Micro Glider moving coil cartridge on it. Being that it is a moving coil cartridge I assumed that I needed a phono preamp because of the low output. I don't have a phono preamp so I decided to hook it up anyway to see what happens. As it turns out, it sounded just fine and it gives me plenty of volume. That said, is there any reason why I would need a phono preamp for it? I have a quality Bryston preamp.

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Every turntable needs a phono preamp (which is often built into another component). Low-output moving coil cartridges need a different phono preamp than other cartridges, because, well, they're low output, so they need more of a boost. If your set-up sounds fine, it probably means one of two things:

1) Your Bryston's phono section is set for moving coil output; or

2) Your cartridge is a high-output moving coil.

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Originally Posted by mcnarus View Post

2) Your cartridge is a high-output moving coil.

exactly, you have the "H" version of the Glider... 2.8mv output, thus the acceptable output from your phono-pre section of your Bryston.

Benz Micro is known for their "three level output" approach to cartridge design.
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