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 $100-$250 although I’ve seen them sell for as high as $450.