Sansui FR-Q5 Turntable

Sansui FR-Q5 Turntable

I’ve lovingly named this turntable "Sue". It’s so awesome it deserves a name. In fact, I’ll put it up against any high-end Technics turntable.

Picked this bad boy up at Salvation Army for $5. It works beautifully; all it needed was some adjustment to the counter-weight. Way better than that crappy Ion at least.

Found the specs on this table. As you see, not bad for half a saw-buck.

Type: Two-speed, computerized fully automatic quartz-servo direct drive turntable
Motor: 20-pole, 30-slot DC brushless
Drive System: Direct spindle drive electronically servo controlled
Platter: 300mm aluminum alloy die-cast, weighing 1.3kg (2 86lbs.) The heaviest platter I’ve run across.

WOW & Flutter: less than 0 018%
Read out direct at the FG output.
Signal to Noise Ratio: better than 75dB (DIN-B)
Build-Up Time and Arc Angle: within 1.8sec. (150°)
Platter Speed Deviation: ±0.002% (QUARTZ-SERVO ON)
Temperature Coefficient: less than 0.00003%/°C (QUARTZ-SERVO ON)
Load Characteristics: 0% (QUARTZ-SERVO ON)
Platter Speeds: 33-1/3, 45 rpm

Tonearm: Statically-balanced S-shaped D-O-B tonearm with two point pivot support
Length: 220mm pivot to stylus
Overhang: 17.5mm
Offset Angle: 24.5°
Minimum Tracking Force Setting: 0.5g (when using cartridge guaranteed to operate at 0.5g stylus pressure)
Acceptable Cartridge Weight: 4 to 10g
Cabinetry: Slim-line cabinet with anti-howling insulators and hinged free-stop dust cover
Cartridge: SC -50
Type: IM Type

Frequency Response: 10 to 20,000Hz
Output voltage: 3mV per channel (1,000Hz, 35.4mm/sec.)
Optimum Load: 47k ohms
Tracking Force: 2.5 ±0.4g
Stylus: 0.6 mil diamond spherical (SN-50)

Power Requirements: 100, 120. 220, 240V50/60HZ
Power Consumption: less than 10 watts
Dimensions (W x H x D, mm): 440 x 133 x 385
Weight: 6,9kg (15.1 lbs.) Net, 8.1kg (117.9lbs.) Packed

Note to vintage Sansui turntable owners
In case you haven’t discovered this yourself, if the "Computer" is no longer working, check the belt on the small motor below the tonearm. I noticed people on a forum having problems with the auto functions no longer working. The circuity may be just fine. Your problem could be as simple as a bad belt. This looks to be the case with my turntable.

I’m running on the assumption I can pick up a replacement at my local hifi shop or vacuum supply store for a couple bucks.

Posted by Jason Mit on 2011-01-22 00:59:07

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