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SME Model 12 w/309 Arm
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The Model 12 is SME’s new entry-level turntable and replaces the Model 10. The Model 12 uses the unique styling of SME’s
new Synergy turntable and comes complete with an SME Model 309 one-piece magnesium tonearm, one of the most rigid and
acoustically inert tonearms on the market.
The Model 12 features several important upgrades from the Model 10. It is a higher mass design with increased stability.
New adjustable feet, taken from SME’s Synergy table, allow for easy levelling while providing superior isolation. A
substantial 3/4” spindle improves mechanical integrity, upgraded electronics lower the noise floor, and the 309 tonearm internal
wiring and audio lead now feature Crystal Cable. (Click link at the bottom of page for more details).
As with all SME turntables, the Model 12 is a stable high mass, minimal footprint, high performance engineered design
benefitting from the finest materials and hand craftsmanship. Every component part has been precision crafted in-house to the
strictest tolerances to contribute to an unparalleled musical performance and value.
The increase in mass and stability over the predecessor Model 10 reveals performance much closer to the model 15 with a
lowering of noise and improved bottom octave bass performance. The Crystal Cable upgrade brings a significant increase in
Hear the true sound of your records and phono cartridge for the first time with an SME turntable.
Hear SME Today
The new Model 12 delivers a natural, open and dynamic sound. It faithfully recreates the sound and emotion of the original
performance with an uncanny sense of realism that will transport you to the concert hall.
The Model 12 is stocked in black finish. It weighs 57 lbs. Dimensions are: W15” x D14” x H7”.
The Incomparable SME
The SME 309 tonearm uses advanced metal techniques to produce and exceptionally rigid arm. Constrained layers within the
tonearm work to dampen any minute residual vibrations. This together with the Crystal Cable upgrade bring a noticeable
improvement in transparency.
The platter’s main spindle bearing is machined from high chrome tool steel. It is machine ground, super finished and supported
in a sealed housing with individually matched sintered bronze bearings of generous proportions needed to support the platter.
Machined from aluminum alloy and weighing over 10 lbs, the platter is perfectly dampened with an ultra-specialist space grade
isodamp material unique to SME. The top surface is diamond-turned with a fine scroll carefully calculated for firmly engaging
records to the platter.
Improved Ultra-Low Noise Motor
The electronic control circuitry and power supply unit are housed in a new external one-piece CNC machined case which offers
complete isolation and is the perfect environment for the electronics. The total motor assembly is virtually vibration-less
as its 5.5lbs weight is isolated from the sub chassis by urethane mounts and spikes.
The Model 12’s electronic control unit uses a high-performance microprocessor, optimized for motor control. Speed ranges are
33.3, 45 & 78 rpm, with fine pitch speed adjustment allowing increments of +/- 0.01% of the selected speed.
A substantial chrome-plated and logo engraved reflex clamp ensures the largest possible platter contact, even when an
appreciable record warp is present.
Another Winner From SME
With the new Model 12, SME have once again demonstrated audio engineering excellence delivering a world class precision
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