"SME" - Bez sumnje proizvodjac najpreciznijih gramofona i tonskih rucica na svetu. Imati SME proizvod je kao posedovati dragulj koji je blizu perfekcije i po performansama i po konstrukciji.
"SME" Without doubt manufacturer of the finest precision gramophone pick-up arms and turntables in the world. To own an SME product is to possess a jewel of near perfection in both performance and construction.
Formed in 1946 under the name “The Scale Model Equipment Company Limited”, to manufacture scale models and detailed parts for the model engineering industry, SME quickly established themselves as an exceptionally reliable and quality-oriented industry sub-contractor. Later during the 1950’s, the company evolved into the precision engineering and manufacture of specialized parts for the aircraft and business machine trades.
SME founder Alastair Robertson-Aikman was also a passionate music-loving audiophile with a relentless desire to improve the reproduction of phonograph records. Not satisfied with what was currently available on the market, Alastair designed and machined, for his own personal use, a high-performance tonearm. After receiving an enthusiastic response to the tonearms sonic qualities from both friends and industry experts, Alastair decided to produce it commercially. By late 1959, production had reached 25 units per week, with demand continually exceeding availability.
Over the past almost 50 years, SME has continually maintained the highest standards of quality by simply being committed to the highest standards in quality assurance, precision design and manufacturing. Each component part, even down to the screws, for both SME turntables and tonearms are manufactured in-house using the most advanced CNC machining, pressure die-casting, injection molding, metal finishing, electro-plating and anodizing to insure the resulting product will satisfy the needs of the most critical audiophiles.
SME Model 10 - Turntable/Tonearm Combination
Probijajuci nove cenovne barijere za SME. novi Model 10 gramofon / ručica kombinacija se pokazala kao zavidna konkurencija protiv bilo koje konkurencije. Novo za SME je upotreba novog elastomer materijala za suspenziju sistema i okrugla sub-šasija za smanjenje rezonansi. Nova M 10 tonska ručica je jedinstvena po upotrebi izlivenog tubusa od magnezijuma iz serije V a zamenljiv nosač zvučnice iz serije 3009 omogućava svestranu primenu i visoke performanse. Spoljno napajanje obezbedjuje brzine od 33 i 45 obrtaja u minuti.
Breaking new price barriers for SME, the new Model 10 turntable/tonearm combination will prove to be a formidable contender against any competition. New for SME is the use of a low, "virtually liquid" durometer elastomer material for the suspension system and a round sub-chassis to reduce resonant planes. The new Model 10 tonearm is unique in that it uses the cast magnesium arm tube from the Series V, and the detachable headshell from the Series 309, making the Model 10 tonearm both high performance and versatile. The outboard power supply has 33 and 45 speeds. 12.5" diameter. 28 lbs., including arm.
The SME Model 10 precision turntable is built to exacting engineering standards providing reliability and freedom from critical adjustments. Build integrity, sophisticated electronics and vibration free moving parts allow the full capabilities on any sound system to be fully explored.
The designer’s aim; a more affordable product, preserving as much as possible of the performance and engineering excellence found in the celebrated Model 30/2 ‘the best turntable of all time’.
- The Model 10 weighs more than 15kg (33lb) but is only Ø304mm, thus meeting all the requirements of high density construction on which freedom from colouration depends.
- The turntable is supported on three large polymer isolators within adjustable feet allowing quick and easy levelling.
- A cruciform sub-chassis carried on three polymer loaded towers. A novel design which affords impressive isolation without float.
- Fully machined extensionally damped platter, diamond turned top surface with a fine scroll finish for optimal record interface.
- Large diameter reflex record clamp ensures largest possible platter/record contact.
- Speeds: 33.3, 45 and 78 rpm
- Polished stainless steel stylus guard.
- Soft dust cover to accommodate the turntable and arm, when not in use.
- Dimensions: 370 x 250 x 161mm (Record clamp fitted).
- Net weight with power supply: 16kg (38lb).
- Substantial packing case with internal fitments: 745 x 405 x 240mm
- Shipping weight: 18.25kg (55lb)
Model 10 pick-up arm
The Model 10 precision pick-up arm derived from the popular Series 300 Model 309 is only for use with this turntable and has special features including:
- A simplified arm-base assembly specially designed for the Model 10 turntable, combining tracking adjustment with absolute rigidity.
- One piece pressure die cast magnesium arm tube.
- Detachable magnesium headshell affording azimuth adjustment.
- Effective mass: 9.5g.
- Cartridge balance range: 6-17g.
- Vertical tracking force: 0-3g
SME Model 20 - includes Series IV.Vi tonearm
SME Model 20 - Turntable only
Kompaktni model 20 karakterišu isti dizajn principi kao i model 30, uključujući i glavno ležište, dizajn diska i sistem suspenzije. Za više od polovine cene, Model 20 pruža korisniku mogućnost referentnog kvaliteta u manjem i dostupnijem pakovanju. Kompatibilan je sa svim SME tonskim ručicama a za druge modele dostupna je posebna baza. Spoljno napajanje obezbedjuje brzine od 33, 45 i 78 obrtaja u minuti.
Model 20/2 je opremljen je sa
proslavljenom Serija V 'najboljom tonskom ručicom na svetu'.
.The compact Model 20 features all of the same design principles as the Model 30, including the main bearing, platter design, and suspension system. At far less than half the price, the Model 20 delivers to the consumer an opportunity to have reference quality playback in a small and more affordable package. Compatible with all SME tonearms. Blank arm boards are available for other tonearms. The outboard power supply has 33, 45,and 78 speeds. 16.75"w x 5.5"h x 12.75"d. 40 lbs.
This finely engineered precision turntable offers a new listening experience from your treasured vinyl and 78's. Massive construction, extensional damping of major surfaces and lack of vibration from moving parts ensure tightly controlled detailed sound and stable stereo imaging. The Model 20/2 illustrated is equipped with the acclaimed Series V 'the best pick-up arm in the world'.
In an electro-mechanical record replay system a major problem is extraneous vibration. This will come from numerous sources including air and structure borne vibrations from loudspeakers, vibrations caused by groove modulation and those set up by stray electrical fields and mechanical imperfections in the turntable's moving parts. Addressing these problems two simple but important facts influence design. The higher the mass and stiffness of a body the less it will flex and vibrate; the duration of a vibration can be shortened by suitable damping.
The Model 20/2 weighs approximately 18,2kg and this is especially significant in relation to its size because in meeting the requirements of mass and stiffness it is density that matters, a point that is often overlooked , because sheer size can be impressive!
The sub-chassis measures only 420mm by 320mm but weighs 6,8kg. Its depth, 9,5mm resists flexing at low frequencies and its high frequency resonance is attenuated by efficient extensional damping. The method of suspending the sub-chassis is particularly important. In conventional turntables metal springs often contribute significantly to colouration. Sometimes even their size and nature can be identified by experienced ear!
The Model 20/2's suspension has no sonic footprint. It suspends the sub-chassis on 32 purpose moulded 'O'-rings. The method of anchorage allows the rings to be removed or replaced in a matter of moments. Vertical and lateral movements of the suspension are controlled by a large fluid damper.
Sub-chassis decoupling is sufficient to prevent acoustic feedback. Beyond this a degree of coupling is considered necessary, allowing unwanted acoustic energy to be drained away, being partly converted into heat as it passes through the damping fluid before final dissipation in the mass of the base and its supporting structure.
When playing a record two sets of mirror image audio vibrations are reacted, one in the arm and the other in the platter and both will pass into the sub-chassis in the course of dissipation. The usual 'closed loop' construction does not address the problem of their differing phase however so in the Model 20/2 the interfaces of the mounting plinth and bearing assembly with the sub-chassis have received special attention to provide individual paths of the required impedance.
The design aims of the Model 20/2 can be summarised thus:
Elimination of extraneous vibration effects. Orderly control of unwanted signal vibrations. Pitch stability. Freedom from radiated fields. Freedom from critical adjustments and setting up procedures. Long term dependability.
Four point suspension for stability.
- Sub-chassis suspended on sixty-four strands of rubber in the form of thirty-two purpose moulded 'O' rings.
- Trimming screws for suspension adjustment.
- Central fluid damper controls sub-chassis motion a offers resistive ground-path for acoustic signals.
- Two screws lock down the sub~chassis and seal the damper for transport.
- 19mm diameter main spindle machined from high/chrome steel hardened, ground and super finished.
- Screw down record clamping system minimises record resonance.
- 4,6kg machined platter with unique lsodamp face.
- Generous use of extensional damping and resistive loop construction ensure sonic neutrality.
- Adjustable ball feet with optional compliant inserts.
- Four jacking screws built into the sub-platter allow the thrust bearing to be off loaded for transit.
- Electronically commutated 3-phase, high-torque motor. Special design virtually eliminates cogging.
- Large diameter strobe disc supplied allows precise adjustment of standard speeds.
- Speed range (rpm): 33 1/3 = 27/40, 45 = 40/50 and 78 = 60/100.
- Fully shielded in-line control unit. LEDs indicate the main functions.
- Power consumption - 9 watts.
equipped for but not including SME precision pick-up arm.
as above but complete with matching SME Series V precision pick-up arm.
Dimensions: 420 x 320 x 155mm.
Packing: Substantial case.
Net weight with power supply: 18,2kg
Shipping weight approximately: 25,0kg
Veća i masivnija verzija dobro poznatog Modela 20/2. Prihvata tonske ručice dimenzija 9", 10" i 12" ali je specijalno opremljena za Model 312S. Na taj način pruža performanse poboljšane i do 27% u odnosu na standardne 9" modele u odnosu na ugaono grešku distorzije.
A larger and more massive version of our well known Model 20/2. It will accept nine, ten and twelve-inch arms but is especially directed at the exciting Model 312S. This offers a performance some 27% better than a nine-inch arm in respect of angular error distortion. The wand and headshell are pressure die-cast in magnesium and are 27g lighter than they would be in aluminium. Probably the stiffest and lightest twelve-inch arms ever made these dual problems are at last addressed and on listening, the benefits of minimal tracking error and harmonic distortion are clearly revealed. A turntable should address the problems of extraneous vibrations. These emanate from numerous sources including air and structural vibration from loudspeakers, groove modulation, stray electrical fields and mechanical imperfections in moving parts. In the Model 20/12, superb instrument quality machining is allied with fundamental physics. The higher the mass and stiffness of a body the less it will flex and vibrate; the duration of a vibration can be shortened by suitable damping.
Model 20/12 weighs approximately 33.5Kg (73.7lb), significant in relation to its size because it is density that matters. For example, the same weight of metal spread over a large enough area would be aluminium foil! The sub-chassis measures only 20 1/2” (520mm) by 14 3/4” (375mm) but weighs 8.0Kg (17.6lb). Its thickness, 5/8” (16mm) resists flexing at low frequencies whilst high frequency resonance is attenuated by efficient extensional damping.
Model 20/12 has no `sonic footprint'. The sub-chassis is suspended on forty purpose moulded ‘O’ rings which ensure freedom from feedback. A large centrally placed fluid-damper disciplines sub-chassis movement with a pleasing sense of security when handling records on and off the platter.
In addition to a cartridge’s electrical output, mirror image acoustic signals reacted in the arm and record, will pass into the sub-chassis in the course of dissipation. However the usual closed loop design does not address the problem of their differing phase so in the Model 20/12 the structural interfaces concerned have received special attention to provide paths of the required impedance.
This control of vibration is fundamental to the design of the player and goes much of the way to explaining the stunning tonal and dynamic neutrality that it exhibits.
Ideally, a turntable should address all problems associated with extraneous vibrations. These vibrations emanate from numerous sources including airborne and structural vibration from loudspeakers, record groove modulation, stray electrical fields and mechanical imperfections in moving parts. The SME Model 20/12, due to its superb instrument quality machining, is allied with fundamental physics. By adhering to the premise that the higher the mass and stiffness of a body the less it will flex and vibrate; and the duration of a vibration can be shortened by suitable damping.
The Model 20/12 weighs approximately 74lbs (33.5kg), significant in relation to its size because it is density that matters. The sub-chassis measures only 20.5” (520mm) by 14.75” (375mm) but weighs 17.6lbs. (8kg). Its thickness, 5/8” (16mm) resists flexing a low frequencies while high frequency resonance is attenuated by efficient extensional damping. The sub-chassis is suspended on forty purpose molded “O” rings, which ensure freedom from any low frequency feedback. A large centrally located fluid-damper controls sub-chassis movement providing a sense of security when placing records on or removing them from the platter. Even acoustic signals generated from arm, cartridge and record are passed into the sub-chassis and dissipated using advanced phase cancellation techniques.
The Model 312S Tonearm is an exceptional engineering feat provides superior performance by improving angular error distortion. The arm tube is fashioned by pressure die casting in ultra pure magnesium lightening it by 27 grams over aluminum. The combination of length, strength, lightness and rigidity create the virtual elimination of tracking error and harmonic distortion resulting in exceptionally clear and uncolored music reproduction.
The Model 20/12 analog playback system is all about the control of vibration and as a result, has no “sonic signature” of its own, only the stunning tonal and dynamic neutrality that it exhibits on your favorite vinyl recordings.
Model 20/12 is available in two formats
Equipped for but not including a pick-up arm.
As above but fitted with Series 300 Model 312S precision pick-up arm.
Dimensions: 520 x 375 x 173.5mm.
Packing: Substantial case.
Net weight with power supply: 35.5kg (78lb)
Shipping weight approximately: 45.5kg (100lb)
Ultimativni gramofon. Model 30 je kompaktan i neverovatno čvrst sa težinom od 40.5 Kg.. Model 30 koristi pronicljivo rešenje za suspenziju, koristeći kombinaciju elastomera i silikona kako bi ostvario skoro Q suspenziju. Glavno ležište koje podržava disk težine 7 Kg. ima takvu toleranciju da zahteva korišćenje razblaženog ulja za satove da bi radilo na odgovarajući način. Kombinacija kompaktne visoke mase, ne rezonantnih materijala i stabilnosti brzine motora i ležišta, daje sistem za reprodukciju koji će Vas iznenaditi otvorenom dinamikom, jasnoćom i pozadinom bez šuma. Kompatibilan je sa svim SME tonskim ručicama a za druge modele dostupna je posebna baza. Spoljno napajanje obezbedjuje brzine od 33, 45 i 78 obrtaja u minuti.
The ultimate turntable. The Model 30 is compact and incredibly dense, weighing in at 90 lbs. The Model 30 employs an ingenious suspension system, using a combination of elastomers and silicone to achieve an almost zero Q suspension. The main bearing which supports the over 15 lb. platter has such tight tolerances it requires a diluted watch oil to be properly lubricated! The SME platter mat has a unique combination of high shear stiffness and effective vertical damping to eliminate the energy feedback from the platter back into the record. The mechanically decoupled brushless three-phase motor eliminates cogging to ensure precise speed control, and also provides high torque to pull through the highest of dynamic passages with breeze. The combination of compact high mass, non-resonant materials, and speed stability in the motor/bearing assembly, provides a playback system that will astonish you with shear dynamics, clarity, and noise free background. All SME arms are compatible. Blank arm boards are available for other tonearms. The outboard power supply has 33, 45, and 78 speeds.
With its many original design features the Model 30/2 is a unique turntable. There are no critical adjustments or setting up procedures. Its immaculate construction and finish stem from facilities and uncompromising quality control which have made SME a byword for engineering excellence. Judged by Germany’s AUDIO 'the best turntable of all time' the Model 30/2 can be for the fortunate owner of an analogue collection the key to lasting musical enjoyment.
SME have built pick-up arms for more than thirty-five years and the design and engineering experience gained has been applied in the Model 30/2, a precision turntable created to compliment the SME Series V regarded by many as: 'the best pick-up arm in the world'.
In common with this arm the design of the Model 30/2 takes special account of sonic considerations and with equipment of comparable quality can provide a listening experience that allows L.P. sound to be re-assessed. Detail, resolution, and neutrality are of a new order with a dynamic range that does justice to the original sound.
The laws of physics decree that the higher the mass and stiffness of a body the less it will flex and vibrate - and this is reflected throughout the Model 30/2.
The sub-chassis is machined from 19mm thick aluminium alloy plate and weighs approximately 17kg while the base with its four supporting pillars adds a further 16kg. This offers the high mass and stiffness required for uncoloured reproduction further aided by efficient extensional damping of both components to reduce the amplitude and duration of their vibrational modes.
In conventional turntables metal supporting springs often contribute significantly to colouration. Sometimes even their size and nature can be identified by an experienced ear!
The unique suspension system of the Model 30/2, however has no sonic footprint, it hangs the sub-chassis on ninety-six strands of rubber in the form of forty-eight purpose moulded 'O' rings. An ingenious method of anchorage allows them to be removed or replaced instantly, should this ever be necessary, even while a record is playing!
The illustration shows how this design also places the centre of gravity where it will give natural stability with minimal sensitivity to external influences, contrasted with a conventional arrangement.
Sub-chassis motion is disciplined by four fluid dampers, one in each of the supporting columns. These eliminate overshoot and give almost zero 'Q' recovery, allowing the user to make record and arm placements with total confidence. The isolation needed to prevent acoustic feedback is bridged by the resistive coupling of the damping fluid through which unwanted reacted energy is conducted away to 'ground'. This function is adjustable through trimmers which can be used in conjunction with a gauge to give recommended settings or varied to suit individual conditions.
Built-in locks one at each corner of the sub-chassis, enable the suspension to be secured and automatically sealed for transport.
The moving parts of a fine turntable are of paramount importance. The spindle of the Model 30/2 is 170,5mm long and 19mm diameter. The massive sealed housing and individually fitted sintered bronze bearings in which the spindle runs are also of the generous proportions needed to ensure that the 330mm diameter platter weighing 7kg is adequately supported. The Model 30/2's excellent dynamics and pitch stability are largely the result of the immense care taken in the design and execution of these components.
The platter face is machined with a fine scroll found to interface better than a plain surface. A substantial reflex clamp ensures maximum contact with the platter even when severe record warp is present.
Dowels ensure positional accuracy so that if more than one arm is in use the arm mounting plinth can be quickly interchanged.The powerful electronically commutated motor is 'cogging-effect' free and virtually vibrationless by reason of its 2,5kg weight. It is isolated on urethane mounts and adjustable for accurate belt positioning.
It can be fairly claimed that the engineering of the Model 30/2 is unique in a turntable. In the quest for perfection even the stainless steel motor pulley has received detailed attention. It is crowned to ensure belt centrality, concentric within +/- 2,5 microns and secured to its precision ground tungsten steel shaft with twin grub screws to maintain rotational balance. From this the drive is transmitted via a ground rubber belt to a 209mm sub-platter weighing 2,3kg. This is extensionally damped and incorporates four captive transit screws allowing the main spindle's vertical thrust bearing to be off loaded for safe transport.
- The turntable is driven by a 3-phase, 6 pulse, inductance motor, with 8 pole Neodymium magnets and 3 integrated Hall position sensors.
- The electronic controller uses a high performance microcomputer, optimised for motor control allowing very and accurate and stable speed control, including 33.3, 45 and 78 rpm.
- This design incorporates a 4 layer surface mount technology pcb with on-board user adjustable speed variation control.
The Model 30/2 is available in two formats:
equipped for but not including SME precision pick-up arm.
with matching SME Series V precision pick-up arm.
Complete with a comprehensive set of tools and equipment including Height Setting Gauge, Ø300mm Stroboscopic Disc, Reflex Record Clamp, Record Spindle Washer, Soft Cover and Operating Instruction Manual.
- Dimensions: 450 x 350 x 220mm.
- Packing: Substantial wooden case with internal fitments
- Net weight with power supply: 42,0kg
- Shipping weight approximately: 58,0kg
Težak 53.5 Kg. (uključujući napajanje i tonsku ručicu) i zauzimajući 35% veću površinu od Modela 30/2, novi masivni SME Model 30/12 i V12 tonska ručica postavljaju novi novi referentni standard u analognoj reprodukciji prema kojem se svi drugi samo porede.
Weighing in at 118 lbs. (53.5kg), (including power supply and tonearm) and occupying a 35% greater footprint than the Model 30/2, SME’s new massive Model 30/12 turntable and V12 tonearm create the new reference standard in analog reproduction all others will be judged against. More evolutionary than revolutionary, the Model 30/12 was created essentially as a complimentary companion to the Series V-12 tonearm. Utilizing all technology and features from the Model 30/2, the Model 30/12’s differences are mainly ones of scale. Foe example, the upgraded suspension now boasts 60 purpose-molded “O” rings creating 120 strands of rubber to support the sub-chassis, which has been increased in thickness by 16%. Additionally the main chassis has received a 19% increase in thickness as well. These enhancements to the area of mass and stability afford an increase in overall rigidity that ensures a vast improvement in acoustic neutrality.
Stable four-point suspension controlled by fluid dampers eliminates overshoot and gives almost zero Q recovery.
Sub-chassis suspended by 120 strands of rubber in the form of 60 purpose-molded “O” rings.
Suspension is adjustable via trimmers used in conjunction with a gauge to provide recommended settings or varied to suit individual conditions.
Built-in locks at each corner enable suspension to be secured and sealed for transport.
19mm diameter spindle with individually fitted sintered bronze bearings are sealed in a massive housing providing support for the 330mm diameter, 15-1/2 lbs. (7kg) platter.
Arm mounting board is reversible to allow mounting of 9” tonearm, if required.
Choice of steel ball or compliant rubber insert supporting foot. Both provide leveling adjustment.
A 3-phase, 6-pulse inductance motor with 8-pole Neodymium magnets and 3 integrated Hall position sensors provides platter drive.
Speed range includes 33-1/3, 45 and 78 R.P.M. User variable on power supply.
Large diameter strobe disc supplied allows precise speed adjustment.
Reflex record clamp supplied.
SME Series V-12 Tonearm
This new 12” tonearm, like the 312S found on the SME Model 20/12, provides a 27% reduction of angular error distortion when compared to a 9” tonearm. The entire Series V-12 arm tube is made from pressure die cast magnesium complete with integrated headshell. This effectively eliminates tonearm-generated resonances in the audio spectrum usually associated with detachable headshells.
Internal constrained layer damps minute residual vibration leaving the tonearm acoustically inert.
Precision machined cartridge platform to avoid interface resonance.
Stainless steel horizontal thread ground spindle carried in massive yolk on 10mm ball races. Axis at record mean level to minimize warp-wow.
Dynamic balance and graduated vertical tracking force (VTF) control applies 3g x 0.125g through resonance controlled helical spring.
Stainless vertical thread ground spindle with integral 16mm diameter flange to couple spindle and yoke.
23mm diameter heat treated, ground and honed steel pillar carries two 17mm diameter ball races spaced widely to prevent tilt.
Anti-skate operated via tension spring and filament. Dial corresponds with VTF and has a positive off position.
Cueing control has positive action and height of lift is adjustable.
Sub-sonic lateral-mode damper is adjustable or defeatable.
Dual lock base provides movement control with high rigidity.
Tungsten-alloy counterweight carried on two-point suspension. Ultra-low inertia design assists warp riding.
Under slung weight housing corrects center of gravity and provides non-reflective termination.
Swiveling damped output-socket minimizes vibration transmission in sub-chassis use.
Fine adjustment of arm height (VTA).
Calibration lines on tonearm facilitate VTA setting.
Fine adjustment of horizontal tracking angle (HTA).
Advanced jig / template / protractor system included guarantees correct positioning.
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