Feb 19th, 2015 Posted in Sansui, SR-212 | No Comments »
This is the Sansui SR-212 which was offered by Sansui around 1974. It has the typical Sansui styling of the time with a nice wood base, smoked plastic dustcover and Sansui logo at the front left. It's not a high end turntable but it's a good budget minded performer.
The SR-212 has an S shaped tonearm, suspended chassis, wood base and RCA outputs. It's also a 2 speed belt driven semi-automatic turntable with an auto return. It also features a stable synchronous motor, aluminum alloy die cast platter, gold plated connector terminal pins and a stock SC-37 induced magnet type cartridge.
As you can see it has two speeds - 33 and 45. The manual tonearm lifter lets you raise or lower the tonearm at any point on the record independently of the auto return mechanism. The controls include:
- Counter Balance Weight
- Skating Force Canceller
- Manual Arm Lifter
- Cueing Lever
- Statically Balanced S Shaped Tonearm
Sansui isn't usually at the top of the heap when talking about quality turntables but this table isn't too bad a performer and with a few mods could be pretty good.
You may come across a Sansui turntable by accident or have one given to you by a friend or relative. If so, clean it up, install a new belt and start spinning. They aren't worth a ton and usually sell for around $100 to $150 but I did see one that was fully restored and in beautiful condition sell for over $400 recently. That's not bad!
Aug 21st, 2012 Posted in Sansui, SR-2050C | 2 Comments »
The Sansui SR-2050C wasn't Sansui's top of the line turntable but it was a good performing turntable nonetheless. It's a precision 2-speed belt drive "automanual" turntable. Like that term? Automanual. Basically it's an automatic turntable because it utilizes auto lift and auto stop mechanisms. But, instead of using end-of-play tonearm speed to trigger the lifting mechanism Sansui uses a special detector circuit to activate a relay control system. So, their sales pitch was that it's an automatic without the negative effects of automatic.
Everything else such as the belt drive, speed selection and hydraulic cuing are are similar to a manual turntable. The "C" designation on the SR-2050C means that it came with the Sansui cartridge. You could also order it without the cartridge which would be the SR-2050E.
The SR-2050C uses a heavy 12" aluminum alloy platter and a four-pole hysteresis synchronous motor. The two buttons on the left of the turntable are the speed selection buttons so, as Sansui claims, speed selection can be easily done even in the dark. Sansui didn't skimp in the electronic either as gold plated connection terminal pins were used in the headshell and tonearm.
Here are some of the other features of the Sansui SR-2050C:
- 2-speed, belt-driven turntable with auto-lifter and auto-stop
- 301mm, 1.2kg, die-cast aluminium alloy platter
- 4-pole synchronous motor
- 33 and 45rpm speeds
- Better than 40dB signal to noise ratio
- Less than 0.07% Wow and Flutter
- Tonearm: static balance, tubular, inside force canceller, lateral balancer, direct readout stylus pressure scale
- Tonearm length: 220mm
- Overhang: 15mm
- Induced magnet type cartridge
- 20-20,000Hz frequency response
- 5mV output
- 2g stylus pressure
- 0.5mil diamond stylus
- Dimensions: 190 x 442 x 352mm
- Weight: 11.8kg
As I mentioned above the SR-2050C was not a top of the line turntable and as such it doesn't command very high prices these days. Still, it's a good turntable especially at the entry level or the audio enthusiast on a budget. The tables sell for around $80-$150 although I've seen them sell for as high as $250.