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SME Model 12 Mk 2 Turntable w/309 Tonearm

SME Model 12 Mk 2 Turntable w/309 Tonearm

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Product Code: SME2000000
The Model 12 comes standard with the 309 tonearm and is also available in the Diamond Series version!
The MK2 Model 12 is designed and precision engineered for pure audio reproduction.
The all new highly advanced drive system provides much improved speed control, accuracy and stability.
This best-selling and very capable precision turntable has evolved to deliver the perfect listening experience.

Crafted from the finest materials with all parts precision made in-house at SME to the strictest tolerances contributing to an outstanding musical performance.

The stylish and exciting Model 12 turntable comes complete with the highly acclaimed SME 309 tonearm and internal Crystal Cable wiring as standard. Available in three paint finishes of traditional SME Black, Dark Grey and Dark Blue with contrast detailing.

Tonearm choice can be upgraded to the superior SME Series IV or V.
Primary Features

Natural, Open and Dynamic Sound
High Mass and Small Footprint
Close Tolerance Precision Bearing
Isolated Suspension
Precision Magnesium Tonearm
Highly Advanced New Drive System
Independent Mains Transformer
LEMO Low Power Cables
RCA Chassis Connectors
Crystal Cable Internal Wiring
Based on the award-winning Synergy
Three Colour Options


The MK2 Model 12 is a precision turntable of high mass made to exacting engineering standards for high performance. The chassis and sub-chassis are CNC machined from premium grade aluminium billet. The sub-chassis is suspended on an advanced isolation system for primary resonance control and houses the main bearing, platter and tonearm. Four fully adjustable feet are mechanically de-coupled from the main chassis by isolators providing base resonance control.

The main spindle is 19mm precision machined from high chrome tool steel, ground, super finished and supported in a sealed housing with individually fitted sintered bronze bearings of generous proportions needed for precise bearing and platter rotation.

The platter is machined from aluminium alloy and weighs over 4.6kg. Extensionally dampened with the top surface iso-damp, diamond-turned with a fine scroll for acoustic performance. This method of finishing upsets a myriad of tiny fibres which interface with the underside of the vinyl record. A substantial record clamp operating on the reflex principle ensures the largest possible platter contact even when appreciable record warp is present.

The motor conforms to the highest standards of silent running and the turntable is driven by a custom made bi-phase AC synchronous motor controlled by a highly advanced speed control unit providing precise speed accuracy and stability.

The MK2 Model 12 comes equipped with an SME Model 309 tonearm and internal wiring by Crystal Cable as standard. Tonearm choice can be upgrade to the superior Series IV or V.

Speed Control Unit

The Speed Control Unit uses a dedicated DSP engine to generate two independent pure mathematical sine waves which provide total control of frequency, phase relationship and amplitude. These in turn are matched (tuned) to the motor for accuracy to obtain the best possible performance.

The speed range is 33.33 and 45rpm with independent memory settings via a switched encoder. Fine pitch speed increments/decrements of +/-0.01% of the selected speed are made by a rotary control on the Speed Control Unit fascia. The SCU case is CNC machined from billet aluminium. A separate mains Power Unit keeps the transformer away from the SCU and importantly separated from the turntable audio signal cables.

Measurements and Weights:


Width: 370mm
Depth: 350mm
Height (top of tonearm): 178mm
Platter Diameter: 304mm
Spindle to Arm 215.35mm

Speed Control Unit
Width: 170mm
Depth: 305mm
Height: 68mm

Power Unit
Width: 190mm
Depth: 243mm
Height: 83mm

Platter: 305mm

Turntable: 21.26kg
Power Unit: 4.04kg
Speed Control Unit: 2.88kg
Shipping Weight: 33k

Hifi News UK outstanding product award

The Model 12 MK2 is a gloriously secure and solid-sounding deck with a bass warmth that underpins a deeply insightful performance.

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SME Model 12 mk2 verdict award stereo magazine review Germany

This turntable offers soundstages that are fantastically well organized, dynamically concentrated while at the same time presented with the nonchalance of an expert.

Reference class!

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