Soundsmith FAQ Page

Sibilance can be caused by many aspects of analog vinyl replay.

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If more than one source is bad, (ie tuner, CD, tape, etc), proceed to step #1 below.

If the problem is with one source only: Reverse the positions of the plugs coming from the defective source component where they enter the preamp or receiver. Make sure you turn the volume down all the way first. Do Not Turn Off The Units!

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Soundsmith is a specialty audio manufacturer located about an hour north of New York City. Founded in 1972, Soundsmith has achieved an enviable reputation in the audiophile world for outstanding sonic quality and extremely high-value products. Perhaps best known now for their work restoring cartridges and for their Strain Gauge and Fixed Coil cartridges, every Soundsmith product is hand-crafted in Soundsmith’s Peekskill, NY factory by a carefully selected team of artisans and engineers.

Made in the USA 

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Azimuth adjustment is important

There are many ways and methods for doing this critical adjustment. We also realize that some arms do not allow for such, so we have some suggestions how one can accomplish this with a non-adjustable arm – at the end of this section.

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Yes You Do Need Antiskating

It is just plain simple physics. BUT……the industry has gotten it WRONG. (see my notes at the end of this anti-skating message for more details)

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This adjustment provides a best compromise for your “pivoting” arm – it will minimize distortion if done correctly. Please either open the attachment and print it out, OR go to the following website and print out this free overhang gauge – instructions are fairly easy and on the print out itself – PLEASE note if you download the one with the metric grid at the bottom of the gauge, and make sure you have printed it out sized correctly. If not, you may have to enlarge or reduce a bit. I use photo quality paper for my final print out, which make a durable gauge!  

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As far as vertical tracking force (VTF), always start with the recommended vertical tracking force from the manufacturer for a particular make and model of cartridge. It may be possible to lower it after we have repaired or rebuilt your cartridge, but there are so many factors, including variations in tone arm design and condition, that we urge our customers to invest in a test record that will aid them in finding the correct VTF. Too low a VTF will damage both record and stylus, and too high will cause too much wear.  

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First, DO NOT TALK towards your records. They are neither listening, not do they need a talking to. You need to listen to them. The reason is this: when you talk, you spit. Yes, even you. Fine drops. You cannot see them because the record is textured with grooves. When the stylus hits the dried spit, this GLUE then sticks to all the dirt and  dust in the grooves.  It only takes a few revolutions for this to happen, and so much debris can build up on the stylus, your will have worse than distortion – The stylus may not even track the record.

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The answer is Yes, and No. 

Strain Gauge cartridges are "displacement" cartridges, and as a result, are more sensitive to ANTI-SKATING adjustments than magnetic designs. Why??

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They Said What?

the sound was extremely clear, colorful, warm and rounded, yet leaning more toward neutrality than overly romanticized euphonic sweetness. "Beautiful color saturation," I wrote in my notes. As in yummy.

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8 John Walsh Blvd
Suite 417
Peekskill, NY 10566

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