Benz Micro Ruby 2 low output moving coil cartridge
This gorgeous Ruby 2 cartridge was used lightly up until April 2016 when the previous owner began to upgrade his system progressively from a VPI to a Thales to the Air Force One Premium pictured below. While in use, it was extremely well taken care of in a pet free, smoke free environment. It is in super cosmetic condition and perfect working order. Comes with original box, packaging and accessories. Originally sold for $3,000, available to you for $1,100.
Based in Switzerland, Benz Micro has been active in the phono cartridge industry since the 1970s. Benz first entered the audio industry supplying diamond needles to manufacturers of phono cartridges. Their success in this field led them to expand their company to include developing and producing moving coil cartridges themselves. Since then, Benz cartridges have been particularly well-received by audiophiles for their reliability and versatility, as their medium weight and compliance enables them to perform well with a diverse selection of turntables and tonearms.
Review Excerpts are from "The Absolute Sound," Issue 129:
"The Swiss-manufactured and wood-cased Benz Ruby 2 is so nearly faultless in its objective performance and neutral in its sonic profile as to force this reviewer to rummage especially deep for telltale nuances. What it will come down to is simply whether or not the cartridge, over and above its extreme accuracy, makes me feel good about my music." ...
"The Ruby 2 delivers a dense, colorful midrange tapestry with rounded clarinet and cello tones and sweet, natural violins (they can be wiry with other cartridges). Low bass foundation is clean and ample. The Ruby's precise midbass definition gives the percussive cello/bass jabs a real pitch. A wood block bangs away center right against stamping trombones and throbbing basses in the rear row - beautifully done, full control with full emotion. The Ruby extracts more color from this complex score than the Clearaudio Insider, which tends to a slightly grayish cast in comparison. The woody Ruby 2 resembles a musical instrument rather than a lab instrument or calibration device. Yet this sound is not Technicolor or romanticized, but lithe and lively."
Body: Vented machined Bruyere Wood * Cantilever: Solid boron rod: 0.28mm diameter * Stylus: Nude line-contact diamond, mirror polished * Stylus tip radius: 5 x 120 um * Vertical tracking angle (VTA): 20-22 degrees
* Coil: Square ruby jewel plate * Weight: 9.6 grams
Output Voltage: 0.3 mV at 3.54 cm/s
* Internal impedance: 45 ohms
* Frequency response: 10-50,000 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 um
* Dynamic compliance: 15 um/mN
* Recommended loading: 500 - 47,000 ohms
* Recommended tracking force: 1.8 - 2.2 grams
* Optimum tracking force: 1.8 - 2.0 grams
* Recommended tonearm mass: Medium to high
* Optimum working temperature: 23 degrees C
Whether you would like to have this Ruby 2 cartridge or not, we are here to serve you in creating magic in your listening room. Please feel free to call us at 575.535.2280 or email us if you have any questions and or would like to discuss how a new Air Force One could integrate into your system.
Thank you for visiting our listing for this Benz Micro Ruby 2 low output moving coil cartridge on sale now for $1,100
Original Retail Cost: $3,000
Past Care: Lightly used in a smoke-free, pet-free environment
Box 1: 12" x 10" x 4", 2 lbs
See below this next section for the fine print detail, which includes points such as- if you choose to pay via PayPal, we ask you to cover the fee which is 3% for Domestic and 4% for International. We are also able to receive funds by Bank Wire and would be happy to help you arrange that. Thank you.
Feel free to visit our website where you may listen to and watch videos of our LA Audio Show's award winning rooms that we discuss below, as well as other videos related to Ypsilon Electronics.
While you are on our website, you may want to check out the Aelius II Amplifiers pictured below that are on Sale now.
We aim to enhance your video and musical experiences, please email us to meet our design team and discuss your project. You may reach us by email at [email protected]
In the following section, we share with you more about the High End Zone, through the lens of our two award winning rooms at the LA Audio Show 2017.
Our 2 Channel room featured the Perfect8 Point loudspeakers, paired with the following Ypsilon Electronics: PST 100 MkII, DAC 100 and the Aelius II Amplifiers. We played music from the Aurender W20 and A10.
The next two links are video links of AV Showroom's coverage of our 2 Channel room which we are very honored and grateful to say was awarded a Gold Show Award as well as Best Sound of Show from Part Time Audiophile.
The pairing of Perfect8 speakers and Ypsilon Electronics helped make the act of listening to music in this room very transportive, and honestly-- I had a hard time paying attention to our guests because the music kept drawing me in.
Jason Victor Serinus from Stereophile said the following in his review:
"Especially impressive was a 24/96 track of mezzo Jamie Barton singing Sibelius, where the system conveyed the huge expanse and changing dynamics of her stunning voice better than any other system I've encountered. When Barton opened her one-in-a-million, Golden Age voice to full capacity, you could literally hear it expand in the room. Wonderful." .... "It is no wonder that two of the Ypsilon products have received Class A ratings in Stereophile's recommended components."
Rafe Arnott (who was, at the time, the Editor and Creative Director for "Part-Time Audiophile" and is now the Managing Editor for 2 of Stereophile's major properties, "Audiostream" and "Inner Fidelity") also spent some time in our room and awarded our room with an all of show award, and had the following to say in his show report:
"I'm going to start with the Best Sound which goes to a new combination of manufacturers for me (Perfect8 Technologies, Ypsilon Electronics, Aurender), which were curated by bricks-and-mortar shop owner Stefan Fuegi of The High End Zone out of Gila, New Mexico. My initial show report on this room is here, and as I wrote, this combination had soulful musicality, an ability to handle huge dynamic swings with ease, and aurally convinced with its impression of limitless headroom to the scale, depth, and impact of the sound."
Mr. Harley from The Absolute Sound, one of the most respected reviewers from one of the top publications to be sure, seemed to greatly enjoy his Ypsilon experience in the Aaudio room at the LA Audio Show 2017. In his review, he mentioned only a very small number of rooms and so being mentioned at all was an honor, certainly to have such high praise was. We already sold 4 pieces of Ypsilon in the weeks following the show, in part I believe thanks to these comments:
"Ypsilon:Aaudio Imports demonstrated a superb system of Ypsilon Electronics from Greece. The PST 100 Mk.II tube preamp ($37,000) drove a pair of Aelius II monoblocks ($39,000), fronted by Ypsilon's VPS-100 tube phonostage ($26,000) and MC26L step-up transformer ($6200). I had never looked at the Ypsilon components up-close, but they are extraordinarily built. The whole package sounded superb driving the remarkable new Wilson Benesch Resolution loudspeaker." ~Mr. Harley
High End Zone and Starke Sound collaborated with an amazing team of more than 25 people from over 10 companies including Trinnov, JVC, Kaleidescape and many of the world's best AV firms to create a 27 channel Atmos home theater system that seemed to be a well received surprise for the audiophiles at the LAAS. Normally if there is a home theater demo at all at these shows, it is in some little back room and isn't very good. Not this time, we were right next to the registration desk in the largest room of the show and we rocked- hitting peaks of over 105 dB on our demos including Pacific Rim, Unbroken, Roger Waters: The Wall and several more. We had a lot of people come through, and as far as I could tell all of them had a good time.
The Gateway Ballroom exhibit won an Alfie award for the Starke Sound IW-H5 Elite wall mounted speakers which we were using eight of to form the base level surround channels. These speakers have won several awards at CEDIA and other events since LAAS and they rightfully deserve their place as an ultimate level home theater speaker! Three IC-H5 Elite Starke Sound speakers accompanied the IW-H5s as the LCRs and eight IW-H3 Be speakers were ceiling mounted. The room's bass was so thumping that some guests asked if we had put drivers under the chairs! This was accomplished through the use of six Starke Sound SUB36 subs and two almost refrigerator sized Rythmik subwoofers to fill the 50' X 50' room with 12' high ceilings with bass. The system was powered by Starke's A7 MK II amps, fed by the Trinnov Altitude 32 processor, with content from Kaleidescape's 4K Strato movie player. To help transform a hotel ballroom into a theater, we used Acoustic Sciences Corporation's TubeTraps, which also won an Alfie award, and Haikoustics panels on the walls and suspended from the trusses. The visuals in this room were handled with the help of Metra 4k HDMI cables feeding the JVC flagship projector the DLA-RS4500, projecting on a Seymour-Screen Excellence RF 160HD Enlightor 4K acoustically transparent screen measuring 160"x90". The visuals were as impressive as the 3D world created around you by the 11.8.8 Atmos system. I did the overall design of the room and specified most of the components. Curt Hoyt who is one of the owners of Trinnov who also consults with us, specifies speaker placement and does room calibrations. He knows more about 3D audio than anyone I know specified the precise speaker angles and did the calibration.
Peter Breuninger from AVShowrooms said "This is the finest theater system I have ever heard" and made a video with me and Curt talking about 3D sound. Designing for Atmos is vastly, vastly harder than designing 5.1 or 7.1 systems. The placements that worked for surround speakers in 5.1 and 7.1 do not work in Atmos. The performance you can get from an Atmos system is absolutely incredible. It is so stunning. Atmos, DTS:X and Auro 3D give movie makers a whole new language to work in. I can say that we screened a bunch of movies both with the Atmos sound turned on and without it before doing this show and that Atmos is a must have technology. It is the first new "must have" for home theater since the Blu Ray disc came out. But the complexity of designing the Atmos home theater makes it essential to have professional help if you want the best results for your money. We're here and available to you and Curt works with us on many of our projects so you can have us and you can have him, please get in touch if you'd like to know more about an immersive system. Here is the video which gives you some idea of what we do.
"The immersive soundfield was exceptional, and the sound was very clean, clear, and powerful throughout the audio range...
As far as I can tell, the first LA Audio Show was a big success. I was glad to see one room dedicated to immersive sound, and I hope that home theater becomes an ever-increasing presence at LAAS and other audiophile confabs in the future. For this year, The High End Zone put on quite a show, and I commend the efforts of all involved!"- Scott Wilkinson, show review for AVSforum.
The Fine Print section
We put the "Make an Offer" option on all of our listings rather than a &"Buy it Now" button. Partly this is because we had a few rude people hit "Buy it Now" then they never got in touch or paid and it just wasted our time. Also, we really enjoy talking with our customers and we want to know that they really want the items we are selling. So what we do now is just the make offer button. We still hope and expect that this item will sell for the asking price and most likely we will not accept anything much below the asking price for a while.
The exception would be if someone proposes a package deal for multiple items. Obviously that gives us more flexibility to work with you. Of course we are honored to receive any offer and we encourage you to submit one, all will be duly considered. But if you truly want this item please think about the fact that if you submit an offer below the asking price it is entirely possible someone else submits a higher offer and the item sells before we see your message or respond, even though we strive to reply quickly.
In my experience as both a buyer and seller of this type of gear for almost 30 years making that full price offer might very well produce a more satisfying result than trying to save a couple of bucks on something special and hard to find. Yeah, it's exciting to save that extra dough, I know that for sure! But what a bummer to miss out on the deal you want by just a small amount too. So totally up to you, we try to make everyone happy though we realize it is impossible when 3 people all want the same item at the same price and the same time. We do our best.
And of course even if you do make that full price offer, we can still try to stoke you with an extra discount on other items you may need. Maybe you want to pick up a brand new Aurender music server. Maybe you want to get more cables. Maybe you need a beautiful Wilson Benesch or Tandem Statement audio rack, or you want to look at one of the many beautiful lines of speakers we sell such as Perfect8, Totem, Starke Sound, Wilson Benesch, ELAC or many others. The possibilities are endless. There are tons of buyers who have made that full price offer to grab the consignment items they want quickly then asked me for a deal on some new stuff they wanted to special order and I've been happy to give it to them! Please give us the chance to earn your business too.
Please note that since this is a consignment sale where the equipment does not belong to us but to our customer, we need to ask that the buyer promptly inspect and test the item upon receipt and report any problems found so that if there is a problem found we could withhold funds from paying our customer to deal with the problem. We don't think there will be any problem, but once we have paid him we won't have any recourse if any problem is found.
Also, because we're selling this for a client and have to give him the cash for it, we're not going to take trades.
For payment, we are happy to accept a cashier's check, a bank wire or PayPal. If PayPal is your preferred payment method then please add the following percentage of your purchase and shipping price to your total to cover the PayPal fees: 3% for domestic buyers or 4% for international buyers.
We are truly appreciative of responsible Audiogon members, please make sure you are one of them before you make us an offer. If you have questions concerning the gear, the terms of sale, or if you need to upgrade any of your cables, amplifiers or other items in your system, please contact us through email or by phone at 575.535.2280. We will be happy to get back with you as quickly as possible.
Thank you for your interest and may our gear help facilitate your ears meeting high quality sound with ease.
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We offer professional packing, prompt shipping with tracking info sent to you and a high level of customer service and support. We provide guaranteed quality and service. We think we are the perfect service for the customer who wants great savings but does not have time for all the hassle of putting together a system with pieces obtained from many different sellers. We offer one stop shopping for all your high-end needs.
The High End Zone, is a full service audio and home theater dealer offering superb gear at the best price possible.
The High End Zone is all about listening to good music, talking to clients around the world by email, and helping people get the most joy out of the time and money they invest in their high-end audio and theater hobbies. If you're a successful individual, you and your family should be able to enjoy beautiful music and video in your home affordably, and the buying process should be fun, not a chore. We're dedicated to that and I hope we get the chance to sell you something that you and your family can enjoy together for a long time in good health, just as my family and I enjoy our several high-end audio and video systems!
Many of our clients have been with us for years and we do our best to not only take care of their audio video needs, but also find ways to show our gratitude and honor the friendly bond that has been created over the years of working together. One year, we were able to gift a small handful of our clients signed copies of Blade Runner, which Stef's Uncle Dave wrote the screenplay for.
Please do not hesitate to email us with your questions at [email protected] We'd be happy to welcome you into the High End Zone family.
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If PayPal is your preferred payment method, then please add the following percentage of your purchase and shipping price to your total to cover the PayPal fees: 3% for domestic buyers and 4% for International buyers. If you pay by PayPal then your purchase must be shipped to the PayPal shipping address only, per PayPal's rules.
We may accept a personal check from long-standing Audiogon members, but it does delay shipping for clearance. Please ask before paying that way. If you desire to pay by some other means you do not see here then please email us, we will try to accommodate you if we can.
Our items are guaranteed to work properly and be in the condition we describe. If we make a mistake, if an item does not work properly, or if the item description is inaccurate, we'll offer you a full and prompt refund or exchange at our option and issue return shipping labels at our expense.
Please check your purchases promptly upon arrival. Our policy is that any flaw, damage, missing item, incorrect item, etc. must be reported to High End Zone by email no later than 3 days (72 hours) after that item is delivered. If you are not able to check the item yourself in that time frame, please make the necessary arrangements to have someone else make such a check for you in your absence.
All sales are final with no returns or exchanges allowed unless the buyer finds a defect and reports it to High End Zone within 72 hours after delivery. In the case of items that are shipped internationally, we require that any item be picked up from Customs within 5 business days or less in order to preserve the buyer's protections for shipping damage and defective merchandise under our selling policies. If the buyer finds a defect and reports it to High End Zone by email within 72 hours after the item is delivered then High End Zone will repair, replace, or refund at our option.
So while all sales are final and there are no refunds or exchanges unless you receive a defective item and report that within 3 days as specified above, IF for some reason we do agree to accept your return or cancel your order when there is no mistake or defect on High End Zone's part, then you agree to pay us the 20% restocking fee on your order.
That said, please don't buy if you're not sure that you want the item you are buying. If you need to check with your wife, your broker, your business partner, your kids, or the Supreme Court before you buy, please do that. The High End Zone cannot be held responsible for any case of wives beating their husbands for spending too much money on good gear!
The High End Zone is a full service home theater dealer located in Southwest New Mexico. While we are well established as the premier dealer in our small town market, we also serve many clients who have multiple homes or live in far-flung places. The world is increasingly a small place and I delight in talking with and serving clients from all continents and many countries of the world. Depending on your needs we are happy to just sell you gear (note some manufacturers may prohibit us from sending gear to certain places) or we can provide a full service experience including system design, acoustic design and construction, installation, programming, and more. We've done work for very high profile clients with multiple homes and we are also proud to serve many hobbyists who enjoy this hobby on a modest budget. No matter your budget, we'll strive to provide the products you want at a price that is fair with top shelf service.
High End Zone is proud to carry these lines and more:
High End Audio Gear:
Acoustic Zen Loudspeakers and cables
Audio Desk World's finest record cleaning products
Audio Vault Exquisite award winning custom racks, made in the USA
Aurender Music servers for every budget, best new music product of the decade, have increased my listening fivefold
Daniel Hertz Ultimate audio creations of Mr. Mark Levinson
Elac Affordable yet superb speakers and electronics from the mind of Andrew Jones
EMM Labs the famed Meitner DAC's and the MTRX, quite possibly the world's best solid state amplifier
Finite Elemente German audiophile racks
Graham Engineering Tonearms
Hartvig Swiss made turntables
HB Cable Design Ultimate marble power strips from Germany
Ikeda Best Japanese phono cartridges for the money
Isoclean Audio Grade breaker panel and power products
KEF Hi-Fi Speakers
Kuzma Brilliant tonearm designs and turntables
Lampizator Exquisite tube DAC's and more, made to order with your choice of parts
Lansche World famous speakers with Corona Ion plasma tweeters, ask us about Ypsilon custom transformer upgrades
Metaxas Sculpted gear from the recording giant Costas Metaxas
Parasound Legendary electronics with circuitry designed by John Curl
Perfect8 The world's best "cost no object" loudspeakers and my favorite speaker, now if only I could afford them!
REL Acoustics Unique approach to subwoofer design makes them the best for 2 channel or home theater--this I can afford!
Revel loudspeakers designed by Kevin Voeckes and the brilliant team at Harman
Scaena loudspeakers were the choice of Harry Pearson for almost a decade, we sold his pair to one of our clients
Synergistic Research Too many cool products to list, PowerCells, cables, bases, fuses, grounding and much more.
Stage III World's finest audio cables
Tandem Reference quality audio racks from Greece, this is the rack we take to audio shows and win awards with
TechDAS Air Force One Turntables
Thales Swiss reference turntables, tonearms and cables
Totem Acoustics Audiophile loudspeakers for 2 channel and superb on wall and in wall systems for home theater
Verastarr One of my all time favorite cables, I use many of these in my systems
Wireworld Another cable that I use a lot, designs everyone can afford, all the way up to reference level cables
Wilson Benesch British made loudspeakers, carbon fiber racks and more
Ypsilon Our favorite electronics company, the best of the best. So good they can have 2 links. Second one is to price sheet on our distributor's website.
Home Theater lines: there is some crossover to be sure and some of the lines above, especially REl Acoustics, Revel, Totem, Verastarr and Wireworld are also ideal for home theaters while some of the products below, such as the Tube Traps and design services from Acoustic Sciences and gear from Trinnov are also idea ideal for 2 channel systems. So the categories are not rigid and when we advise you we will work hard to understand your needs and can even pull from an extensive list of additional companies beyond those listed here if need be to get you the best possible setup for your system or systems.
AB Amps The theater amps used at Skywalker, Industrial Light & Magic, Pixar, etc.
Acoustic Sciences Corporation (ASC) Tube Traps and custom acoustic design services and products
Cineak European luxury home theater seating
CinemaTech German and North American made home theater chairs for the finest theaters
Elac Affordable yet superb speakers and electronics from the mind of Andrew Jones
Front Row Affordable theater seating, made in Canada
JVC 4K projectors
Kaleidescape Movie servers are the best solution for today's movies, used in pretty much every industry demo
KEF Home Theatre Speakers
LG World's best flat panel TV's, ask us how we can save you money on all the LG OLED's for your home!
Marantz Affordable home theater processors and more
Metra Home Theater Velox HDMI cables deliver 4K with true 18GB performance
Middle Atlantic Rack systems, ubiquitous
Procella Reference speakers designed specifically for home cinema use
Salamander Racks, seating systems and more
Seymour Screen Excellence World's best screens, featuring Enlightor 4K acoustically transparent material
Starke Sound Award winning loudspeakers for Atmos theaters and 2 channel, stunning on wall sound
Sony Projectors, OLED TV's and much more
Stewart Film Screens
Trinnov Audio World's finest audio processor / home theater preamp. We offer exclusive custom system design and calibration with one of the co-owners of Trinnov when you buy from High End Zone. We install across North America.
Tru-Audio Speakers, soundbars and racks
Control and lighting equipment: We offer system design, sales, installation and service nationwide. Our installer is doing the Raider's new facility in Las Vegas and has done projects across North America and Central America. In most cases he can visit your home once to get everything running and after that he can take care of your system remotely so that you do not have to pay for travel on subsequent visits. Please talk with us, we offer high quality service for a fair price. Lines include, but are not limited to:
Of course we can install digital assistants for you. One of our colleagues has already been testing the Apple HomePod for months and we'll have those as well as the Amazon, Google and Sonos Assistant products.
Doing these lists is always very hard because we are in process of discussion with some more very cool brands I'd love to list but haven't had time to get everything nailed down yet. And on the other hand there are some lines I left off because we just haven't had much call for them lately. But who knows, maybe tomorrow the phone starts ringing off the hook for one of those, I would certainly welcome it. So please don't be dismayed if you don't see one of the products you really want here. It's not set in stone and I bet we can get it for you and that we'd be happy to do so as long it is a quality component that we would be proud to sell. One of the advantages working with a family shop like ours is that we are flexible and will work hard to get you a system that suits you. Please give us a chance at earning your business.
Our clients certainly enjoy their home audio and video rooms. We do as well and hope you'll also take pleasure and be inspired by the variety of these beautiful installations.
Some aspects of making an informed choice in an audiophile grade listening room or a home theater system are worth a little extra effort. We invite you to contact the High End Zone for help in making your choices, we will make the extra effort worthwhile.