Designed and hand-crafted to Heed's own exacting specifications by BENZ in Switzerland, the ZENE is a highly sophisticated low-output moving-coil cartridge with performance well beyond its price category. It is equipped with the newest Fritz-Geiger-S-type stylus, precision bonded to a 5.5mm solid boron cantilever. It also includes the improved pole piece featuring a machined insert for the O-ring damper, resulting in greater mechanical linearity in its suspension. Trackability is truly excellent, even with a rather lowish optimum tracking force of 1.7 mN. A "real world" output voltage of 0.4 mV and an internal impedance of 12 ohm make the ZENE universally suitable for most MC phono stages ñ our top-of-the-line 2-box Quasar phono stage with 220µV/470Ohm jumper setting represents an optimal match for extracting the ZENE's inherent musicality ñ and can be used with a wide range of turntables and tonearms from lower-mid to high-end models. We have successfully used it in various Rega, Raven, Nottingham Analogue and Thorens models, but it excels even in high-end setups featuring a Roksan Xerxes 20 and Linn LP12 record decks.
By the way, 'zene' simply means 'music' in Hungarian....
|Stylus:||FG-S (Nude line-contact)|
|Stylus tip radius:||6x40 µm|
|Cantilever:||Solid Boron, 0.28mm|
|Coil:||Pure Iron Cross|
|Output Voltage:||0.4 mV|
|Frequency response:||20-20,000 Hz|
|Channel balance:||Better than 0.5dB|
|Channel Separation:||Better than 35db at 1kHz|
|Tracking force:||1.5-2 grams (opt. 1.7 grams)|
|Recommended loading:||>100 ohms (opt. 470 ohms)|