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In Reply to: Re: Considering Ruby 3 vs Koetsu Urushi posted by KIS on October 30, 2004 at 20:07:24:
Until you have the wood removed from the cartridge, you would not know how good the Ruby really is.
Cartridge is muddied by the body more than you think.
You can get them from the factory nude or remove the wood with a firm blade knife. It is only silastic in place.
You will get more inner detail and no overhang on the bass. Much much more open and clean.
In regards for them to be easier to damage, it is not so. The Benz wood range has got no bottom protection anyway. The wood is just hanging there to provide warmer resonant to hifish system. In good resolution system, the nude cartridge is the cleanest that you can get.
Why make a good generator and colour it with resonating material?
The ZYX range sounds clean because of its revolutionary light plastic body IMO. Almost like nude, but not quite.
interesting...i ask because i own a fairly new ref2 silver, and it wouldn't have ever occured to me to order it nude. And I would be scared to death of trying to remove it with a knife or anything else. yikes! but i would be interested if anyone else has done this and the results they have experienced.
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