Loading for Benz-Micro Glider

I have the original lo output Glider. It's mounted on the VPI 10" arm. Has anyone experimented with loading on this combo? The specs says anywhere from 1k to 47k will work. I dropped in the 1k and the resolution and dynamics seem a bit soft. I thought I'd throw it out there and see if anyone can give me a good starting point before I go a-solderin' and a-experimentin'. You know, save a little time and hassle. I'm using some very good cables, same as the cd, and it sounds fantastic (Legend Audio Design 'Le Maa'). The pre is an ARC SP-9 MKIII with Siemens 6922 phono and Telefunken 6922 line. Thanks for any and all suggestions. - Bill L. wlutke@ucsd.edu
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I searched this site and Audio Asylum for loading recommendations on the Benz Ruby 2 and I found recommendations for 100ohms, 47,000 ohms, and pretty much everything in between. I was hoping for a short cut too, but no such luck. There wasn't any one magic value that everyone preferred...they recommendations were all completely different. You may have to spend your time experimenting after all.

I've found that the different values all have their pros and cons. I've found that I prefer the 100-200 ohm range in my system (Linn LP12 w/ Ekos arm thru a modified Counterpoint SA-5000 phono preamp w/70s nos Mullards). There are some recordings where other values sound better, but I find that range to be the most comfortable for my system and ears.
What is your TT? When I had Glider(I still have it in my reserve) I didn't change 47K original phono setting. I have a soft sounding turntable Michell GyroDec and that's why staying with 47K.
i have an sp10 pre amp. just played the living stereo lp and cd of reiner/chicago respeghi pines. loaded at 47k the glider sounded, tonally and dimensionally, almost identically on the lp and cd. loaded at 10k it was reigned in slighly on the top end and the sound stage diminished slighly. at 100 it was soft and mushy - poo. i have had recommendations from knowledgable dealers who say 2k. i have very neutal speakers and amp and i could live with 47k. if i had any real brightness in the system i doubt that i could.
I agree with the posts above, and concluded much of the same from my own tests. I arrived at a 27K load. This lowers the distortion of the Benz without robbing it of it's dynamics and timber.

As other have stated, cartridge load is system dependant and results vary, depending upon personal taste as well as the tonal character of the room and components.
Last night the soldering gun was smokin' in overtime and 2.29k is the winner. Surprisingly, at 3.2k the bass had lost its punch, and hardness was creeping in on the mids. Now for some fine tuning...
FYI the Benz Lukaschek phono stage has a fixed loading of 22K. My phono stage goes from 2k to 50K with no steps in between. With my L2 the 50K setting sounds thin and papery, the 2k very well balanced and the next step down at 1K sounds a little muddled. I think that something around 20K would be ideal for most Benz cartridges.
It's interesting the different descriptions you come across for the effects of higher or lower cart loading. I own a Glider M2 (.8mv output, 24 ohm internal impedance, recommended loading "200 - 47K ohms"). I found the best choice for me to about 400 ohms. In my trials, lowering the loading value below about 5K made the sound progressively tighter, but changes above the several thousand ohms range made no significant further differences compared to 47K, sounding all basically the same, which is to say whispier and looser. Set the value too low, and things got constricted and mechanical sounding, with no 'air'. Set the value too high, and images became too diffuse, large, and see-through, with sloppy transient control and excessive 'air'. The right setting gave the best image focus vs. dynamic life, and precise transients combined with a natural sounding HF balance and LF forcefulness.

Curious about the recommendation, I talked to some folks more technically knowledgable than myself, who confirmed that above a few thousand ohms, the MC cart will basically be unloaded. My results tend to agree with this proposition, but if you look at Albert's results or the default loading on the Lucaschek of 22K, there would seem to be some disagreement about that. On the other hand, although Blackie's description of the sonic trends he observed coincides pretty well with my own, Marakanetz, Newbie, and Wlutke seem to be describing a situation where the sound gets 'softer' as they go lower, and 'harder' as they go higher, which I consider to be the opposite of what I found. But there might just be some confusion about language used here, because we can probably all agree that the extreme treble increases with increasing value.

It was my conclusion though, that tonal balance per se is not the most crucial quality being adjusted through loading optimization, but rather the degree of precision vs. freedom with with the stylus is allowed to follow the groove, vis-a-vis the electrical damping factor at work. This has its impact not only on the balance, but at the same time on imaging and transient behavior. I decided that if I could find the best loading for correct-sounding image focus, density, and size, with cleanly deliniated transients, but not so low as to make the sound small, stuffy, airless, and dynamically dead, then if at that point I still craved more top end 'air', I would try to address the balance elsewhere in the chain rather than raising the value and living with the resulting imprecision. Fortunately, or perhaps as a result, everything came together to sound accurately balanced at the chosen value, and I realized that my previous 47K loading, while enjoyable on some recordings, had not been a lifelike representation of the true HF balance or realistic image size.