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Strain Guage

Soundsmith Strain Gauge Cartridge System

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Soundsmith Strain Gauges are sold as systems ~ Cartridge and choice of preamp

All Soundsmith SG systems have user replaceable styli – VIDEO is HERE !

SG-200 

Our basic Strain Gauge system features fixed level line outputs suited for line level inputs on your system preamplifier. The supplied SG cartridge comes with the SGS-5 stylus assembly as standard, however, you may purchase the system with the SGS-6 stylus for a surcharge of $100 at the time of ordering. Like all SG preamps, the SG-200 features an auto-mute circuit that protects your system and speakers from transients due to an accidentally dropped styli. The front panel defeatable auto-mute also allows quiet introductions to playing or recording your vinyl.

All SG systems feature user replaceable styli, however, due to the nature of the cartridge design, styli are individually matched to each cartridge. If additional styli are desired, it is highly advisable to order them with your system order. The SG-200 is supplied in a black anodized case, however, custom wooden cases in black or mahogany are also available as accessory items.

US MSRP is $8599.95

 

 

 

SG-210 

Our SG-210 features both +15dB single ended variable outputs and fixed outputs. The +15 dB variable outputs allow using the SG-210 directly with your power amplifier, eliminating the requirement for a line amplifier in a vinyl playback system. They may also be used to match levels with other line sources in a multi-source system. The fixed level outputs may be used for recording or sourcing into a second system, and are not affected by the volume control.

The supplied SG cartridge comes with the SGS-5 stylus assembly as standard, however, you may purchase the system with the SGS-6 stylus for a surcharge of $100 at the time of ordering. Like all SG preamps, the SG-210 features an auto-mute circuit that protects your system and speakers from transients due to an accidentally dropped styli. The front panel defeatable auto-mute also allows quiet introductions to playing or recording your vinyl.

All SG systems feature user replaceable styli, however, due to the nature of the cartridge design, styli are individually matched to each cartridge. If additional styli are desired, it is highly advisable to order them with your system order. The SG-210 is supplied in a black anodized case, however, custom wooden cases in black or mahogany are also available as accessory items.

US MSRP is $9599.95

 

SG-230 (New!)

Our new SG-230 is a full-function system preamp with Strain Gauge circuitry as well as 4 line inputs and remote control over input selection, volume and muting. It features balanced +15dB variable outputs and single ended fixed outputs. The balanced outputs are available via split phase RCA jacks, convertible to XLR with our supplied RCA to XLR adapters. The +15dB balanced variable output is made available via RCA jacks which configures the output of the SG-230 into a highly adaptable unit, allowing easy bridging of two stereo amplifiers into double power mono blocks, subwoofer driving, biamping or sourcing into a secondary system. The fixed level outputs may be used for recording or sourcing into a second system, and are not affected by the volume control.

The supplied SG cartridge comes with the SGS-5 stylus assembly as standard, however, you may purchase the system with the SGS-6 stylus for a surcharge of $100 at the time of ordering. Like all SG preamps, the SG-230 features an auto-mute circuit that protects your system and speakers from transients due to an accidentally dropped styli. The front panel defeatable auto-mute also allows quiet introductions to playing or recording your vinyl.

All SG systems feature user replaceable styli, however, due to the nature of the cartridge design, styli are individually matched to each cartridge. If additional styli are desired, it is highly advisable to order them with your system order.

The SG-230 is supplied in mahogany wood case as standard, black wood is also available on special order.

US MSRP is $12,999,95

 

[for our Signature Strain Gauge Systems SG-400 through SG-810 click this link]

 

Soundsmith’s SG cartridges are not magnetic cartridges, and do not require RIAA equalization – flat response is automatically produced by virtue of their being “displacement” measuring devices, as opposed to magnetic “voltage generating velocity dependent” devices. The cartridge works extremely well in all medium to high mass arms with standard 4 wire tone arm wiring. Due to the cartridge being non-inductive, it is far less sensitive to cabling in the tone arm and from the arm to the preamp when compared to any other cartridge design. For detailed technical  information on how the Strain Gauge works, please click this.

Soundsmith SG preamp review briefs…..

In his review for Image HiFi, Uwe Kirbach applauds the “incredibly fast attack” as well as the “complete absence of noise and hum.” On good records, Kirbach writes, the SG literally “creeps into the recordings, opens rooms like no other and always makes the interplay and communication between musicians marvelously clear.” According to Kirbach, the SG “possesses a level of detail resolution that even the best cartridges on the whole can’t quite reach.”

Michael Fremer of Stereophile fame describes the SG’s “incredibly clean and fast top-to-bottom transient attack, its spectacular transparency, its taut, deep bottom end and its airy top.”

And last, but not least, Anthony Cordesman. In his review for The Absolute Sound, Cordesman found “that a properly set-up [SG system] offered the cleanest and smoothest upper octaves, the lowest noise, and the best-defined soundstage I have yet heard from any system designed to reproduce records.”

Replacement Styli
SGS-1 Bonded Shibata/Aluminum Cantilever ~ US MSRP ~ $350
SGS-2 Nude Elliptical, Aluminum cantilever ~ US MSRP ~ $350
SGS-3 Special 1 mil radius conical (for vintage 48-49 records) ~ US MSRP ~ $550
SGS-4 78 RPM stylus special Soundsmith EQ in line circuit must be used ~ US MSRP ~ $750
SGS-5 Nude Contact Line/Ruby Cantilever (standard design supplied with SG cartridge)
~ If Purchased separately ~ US MSRP ~ $750
SGS-6 Nude “Optimized Contour” Contact Line/Ruby Cantilever ~ US MSRP ~ $950

Warranty

5 Years Parts and Labor

Specifications

Cartridge Type

Strain Gauge

Stylus Type

Conical Elliptical Shibata Contact Line O.C. Contact Line

Output

Specialty

Available As Dual Coil Mono

No

Additional Specifications

Power Supply Information:

All three models are powered by two identical external analog DC wall type power supplies – 24 VDC @ 500 Milliamps. Two are supplied and are required for each SG preamp system. The use of external power supplies helps keep the noise floor extremely low, and allows compliance with power regulations for varied countries.

The SG-230 comes with two supplies and our WWE filter device, which connects in-line with the cables from the two wall supplies. The WWE ensures that the DC power being supplied to the SG-230 is extremely clean and noise free in terms of ripple current and RF noise coming from the AC wall supply in any environment.

Power supplies are available in 120 VAC or 210-230 VAC as required for use outside of the US in some countries.

Replacement Styli: These are tuned for each cartridge and system. If you have one good stylus, we can build others to match by having the stylus and cartridge only. If you do not have one good stylus, we will need both the cartridge and electronics to build new styli for you. Styli can be easily moved in and out of the cartridge body by the owner.

width height depth weight
Product Name inches cm. inches cm. inches cm. lbs. kg.
SG-200 6.250 15.875 3.500 8.890 9.750 24.765 3.00 1.36
IN SHIPPING BOX 10.000 25.400 6.000 15.240 16.250 41.275 6.92 3.14
SG- 200 (wood case) 7.625 19.368 5.000 12.700 10.625 26.988 7.00 3.18
IN SHIPPING BOX 16.000 40.640 16.000 40.640 16.000 40.640 15.00 6.80
SG-210 6.250 15.875 3.500 8.890 10.000 25.400 3.00 1.36
IN SHIPPING BOX 10.000 25.400 6.000 15.240 16.250 41.275 6.92 3.14
SG-210 (wood case) 7.625 19.368 5.000 12.700 10.875 27.623 7.50 3.40
IN SHIPPING BOX 16.000 40.640 16.000 40.640 16.000 40.640 15.50 7.03
SG-230 12.750 32.385 3.625 9.208 10.000 25.400 7.00 3.18
SG-230 (wood case) 14.250 36.195 5.500 13.970 10.750 27.305 14.00 6.35
IN SHIPPING BOX 24.000 60.960 12.000 30.480 20.000 50.800 24.00 10.89

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