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Soundsmith Strain Gauge Cartridge System with SG-210 Interface - Factory Serviced

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Soundsmith Strain Gauge Cartridge System With Sg-210 Interface - Factory Serviced Phono

Soundsmith Strain Gauge Cartridge System with SG-210 Interface - Factory Serviced

SkyFi 479

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479 South Broad Street
Glen Rock NJ 07452
United States


Highly reviewed and super innovative cartridge system from Soundsmith.

Just came back from the factory where it was serviced and brought back to like-new operation.

Comes with brand new power supplies and an extra brand new stylus which is user replaceable, resulting in essentially a new system. The original stylus is also included which shows slight signs of use.

Best of all it includes a 6 month factory warranty.

This will come to you complete in its original packing with the manual and all pieces needed to get this system singing. 

$11,990 MSRP

More from Soundsmith:

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. 

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.

Brand Background:
Soundsmith has designed and manufactured – and repaired – varied types of audio equipment for over 35 years. Dedicated to producing the world’s most accurate vinyl sound reproduction, Soundsmith recently introduced its new top-of-the line moving Iron cartridge, the VOICE, which is touted as Soundsmith’s best sounding MM-preamp cartridge yet

Single Owner

General Sound:
Neutral sound with little to no coloration

Cosmetic Condition:
8/10 = Very Good. Excellent front faceplate, one minor flaw on chassis side or top. See our detailed rating description here.

Working Condition:
Working perfectly and tested in our lab.

Exactly as pictured and described above.

Original Manufacturers Packing

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Original MSRP:

Strain-gauge phono cartridge with interchangeable styli (6 choices) and dedicated preamplifier and power supply (two 24V DC wall warts, no specifications provided). Styli supplied (both with ruby cantilever): SGS-5 nude line contact SGS-6 "Contour Optimized" nude line-contact.

Recommended vertical tracking force (VTF): 1.7–1.9gm.

Compliance: low–medium, depends on VTF, 10–16µm/mN.

Frequency range: DC–70kHz.

Effective tip mass: 0.30mg, SG-10; 0.32mg, SG-5.

Channel separation: >25dB at 1kHz.

Channel balance: <1dB. Recommended load resistance: not applicable. Recommended load capacitance: not applicable.

Cartridge weight: 10gm.

Preamplifier/power supply: 6" (150mm) W by 3" (80mm) H by 8" (205mm) D. Weight: 2 lbs (0.9kg).

Manufacturer:The Soundsmith, 8 John Walsh Blvd., Suite 417, Peekskill, NY 10566. Tel: ~~(800) 942-8009~~, (914) 739-2885. Fax: (914) 739-5204

10 lbs.

Link to Manual:
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Testing Process:
We start by doing a detailed physical inspection under light magnification to asses the cantilever condition, its position in the cartridge body, and the condition of the suspension.

We also inspect any coil wires and the output connections to make sure it hasn't been strained. We then perform a light cleaning with specialized agents and very carefully blow dry with compressed air.

Following that, we conduct a thorough examination using our Wild Heerbrugg professional microscope. From there we can asses the wear and quality of the stylus and determine how much use it has seen, and if there are any mechanical issues. We can also identify if it needs further cleaning or care.

We then move the cartridge to a digital microscope where we take photos of the cantilever and stylus for future reference.

Next we move to the test bench where we can check for continuity of each channel and resistance.

On certain cartridges (or if the technician feels necessary) we install the cartridge on a turntable and run several test records to ascertain tacking ability, distortion, and compliance.

SKU: 105096