The Model 12A has been designed for those who would prefer to select their own unique combination of phono stage and cartridge for a more personalised listening experience. This introductory model benefits from the finest materials and craftsmanship found throughout the entire SME turntable and tonearm range. Every component part has been precision engineered in-house to the strictest tolerances to contribute to an outstanding musical performance.
This exciting entry level turntable uses the unique styling of Synergy and comes complete with the highly acclaimed SME 309 tonearm and internal Crystal Cable wiring as standard with an option to upgrade to Series IV or V tonearms. The Model 12A is available in three paint finishes of traditional SME Black, Dark Grey and Dark Blue with contrasting detailing. More details to follow.
• Natural, Open and Dynamic Sound
• High Mass and Small Footprint
• Close Tolerance Precision Bearing
• Isolated Suspension
• Precision Magnesium Tonearm
• Crystal Cable Audio Lead and Internal Wiring
• Based on the award-winning Synergy
• Upgradeable options on tonearms
• Available in three colour variants
"A package that punches far above its weight when it comes to value for money" - David Price, Hi-Fi News: read the full review, here.
"The Model 12 is simple SME at its best!" - Matthias Bode, Stereo Magazine Germany: read the full review, here.
"The world is awash with delightful turntables but this is the world's best deck below £10k." - Paul Miller, Lab Report: read the full review, here.
"Regardless of cost, design, or complexity, every [SME] model can lay serious claim to being class leading in performance." Paul Seydor, Absolute Sound, July/August, 2020: read the full review, here.
The electronic control unit uses a high-performance microprocessor, optimised for motor control. Closed loop speed control is implemented using a proportional plus integral (PI) algorithm. Speed ranges are 33.3, 45 & 78 rpm, with fine pitch speed adjustment allowing increments/decrements of +/-0.01% of the selected speed.
The electronic control circuitry and power supply unit are housed in an external one-piece CNC machined case. This new design offers complete isolation and support and is the perfect environment for the electronics. Speed selection controls are mounted on the front facia panel with LED indicators.
The Model 12A comes equipped with an SME Model 309 one piece magnesium tonearm that uses advanced metal techniques to produce an exceptionally rigid arm. With a detachable magnesium head-shell that features an advanced style coupling, the Series 309 tonearm offers the convenience of rapid cartridge interchange without any reduction when it comes to rigidity. Constrained layers within the tonearm work to dampen any minute residual vibrations through the SME Series 309 Tonearm, making it one of the most acoustically inert tonearms available on the market. Internal wiring is supplied by specialist high end audio cable manufacturer Crystal Cable.
Crystal Cable Wiring:
The Model 12A is equipped with a premium grade signal cable from Crystal Cable which is installed inside the tonearm, connected to phono stage and coupled with the cartridge. Pure mono-crystal silver conductors in miniature format. Providing precious metal in its most pure version, lifting the musical performance to a higher level.
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