Man Digital Stylus Force Gauge
USA customers contact
9405 Meriul Lane Clarence Center
New York 14032 USA
Users of vinyl are well aware of the
importance of being able to accurately set their cartridge tracking
Failure to do this can result in anything from degraded sonic
performance, through to mis-tracking and even damage to the record
The only readily available method of setting the down-force has
been the Shure Force Balance - fine value for money, but suffering
from only 0.1g resolution, somewhat fiddly set-up and a slightly
non-optimum measurement height.
The Cartridge Man has now introduced a highly accurate, enhanced
measurement range, easy-to-use and competitively priced all-electronic
Digital Force Gauge. The unit will prove itself indispensible when
requiring an absolute and consistent tracking force reference.
Specification and features
Measurement range: 0.2g to 4.0g.
Accuracy: better than 0.05g over full measurement range
Useable period: 30 minutes per full charge
Display: 3-digit LED
Status indication: Display test, battery, nulling, overload
Recharge cycle: ~ 14-24 hours
Useable temperature: 5°C to 35°C
Weight: 150g nominal
Dimension: 45mm h x 87mm diameter
Construction: Non-magnetic, anti-slip feet
Charge unit: 9V D.C. @ 100mA output supplied
Price: £ POA
"This electronic balance offers the element of repeatability,
such that fine-tuning can be cross-referenced to accurate readings,
and 'sweet spot' settings can be noted down. ... the Digital Stylus
Force Gauge makes it far, far easier - and still more precise.
... this balance also offers an order of magnitude greater precision,
and the confidence that the three-significant figure display corresponds
to the actual tracking force (QC calibration is made with lab-grade
weights and the unit is temperature compensated)."
Andrew Harrison, Hi-Fi News,
"A Technics calibration standard (1.525g) was used to test
and verify the 'Cartridge Man's' accuracy ... yielding an average
of 1.49g +/- 0.03g (SD) immediately upon turn-on, compared to 1.51g
+/- 0.01g (SD) three minutes later.
... The best news of all is that the 'Cartridge Man' is a huge improvement
over the Technics Electronic gauge - ease of use, easier-to-read
LEDs, more stable readings, and a 'zero' that doesn't fluctuate.
Don't wait until it's too late; get these babies while they're still
Myles B. Astor, Ultimate Audio,
"... This neat little digital-readout device sells for $299
- a little more than a third of the cost of the Winds gauge - currently
the industry standard. ... One thing I really like about the new
gauge is that, unlike the Wind's weighing beam - which protrudes
from the side, ... the Cartridge Man's beam is well protected. I
used a 2g brass weight lab-certified ... the Cartridge Man measured
the weight as 1.98g, which for me is more than adequate."
Michael Fremer, Stereophile,
"... The Cartridge Man's balance may seem expensive at £199,
but it pales into insignificance against the Winds. ... I love the
Winds, but what price its simplicity and cool looks ? Me, I'll settle
for the Cartridge Man balance. It does exactly the same job, it
just places a little more onus on the user."
Roy Gregory, Hi-Fi Plus,
"... Obviously, the £199 asking price is high for something
the average punter will use rarely, and on cost grounds, will be
limited to serious vinyl enthusiasts, retailers and reviewers. Nevertheless,
a worthwhile investment for those unwilling to accept second-best!
Jimmy Hughes, Hi-Fi Choice,
"I bought the Cartridge Man's DFG ... and have found its performance
well on par with the Winds device, which retails at nearly four
time the price. That is what I call value for money."
Victor Kempt (letters
page), Hi-Fi News, 3/00, P7-8