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SME - SME Model V-12 Tonearm




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Based on the multi-award winning Series V pick-up arm, the Series V-12 incorporates the same design and engineering that have made SME a byword for excellence. Coherent musical control is held over the entire frequency range in terms of tonal quality, stability and stereo imaging. Startling dynamic range, neutrality, structurally inert, the Series V-12 embodies every worthwhile feature in a pick-up arm. The 12 inch tone-arm is pressure die-cast in magnesium complete with an Integrated headshell to eliminate tone-arm resonances in the audio spectrum and offers a 27% reduction in maximum angular error distortion over 9 inch models. Listening: the benefits of minimal tracking error and harmonic distortion are clearly revealed.


  • The 12in pressure die-cast tone-arm utilises the advantages of magnesium and exploits the reduction in maximum tracking error/distortion afforded by the greater arm length when compared with 9in models.
  • Internal constrained layer damps minute residual vibration leaving the tone-arm acoustically inert.
  • Fine machined cartridge platform, enamel free to avoid interface resonance.
  • Stainless steel cross shaft, ground and thread ground. Carried in massive yoke on Ø10mm precision ball races. Axes at record mean level to minimise warp-wow.
  • Dynamic balance. Graduated vertical tracking force control applies up to 3.0g x 0.125g VTF through resonance controlled spring.
  • Stainless steel vertical shaft, ground and thread ground, with integral Ø16mm flange to couple shaft and yoke.
  • Ø23mm steel pillar, heat treated, ground and honed, carries two Ø17mm precision ball races, widely spaced to resist tilt.
  • Anti-skate control operates through tension spring and filament. Dial corresponds with VTF and has a positive OFF position.
  • Lowering/raising control gives smooth positive action. Height of lift can be adjusted.
  • Subsonic lateral-mode damper can be instantly adjusted or cancelled
  • Dual-lock base provides movement control with high rigidity.
  • Tungsten-alloy balance carried on two-point suspension. Extra-low inertia design assists warp riding.
  • Underslung weight housing corrects centre of gravity and provides non-reflective tone-arm termination.
  • Swivelling, damped output socket minimises vibration transmission in sub-chassis use.
  • Fine adjustment of horizontal tracking angle (HTA).
  • Reference lines on tone-arm facilitate VTA setting.
  • Fine adjustment of horizontal tracking angle (HTA).
  • Alignment protractor designed to provide HTA setting with greater accuracy.
  • Advanced jig/template system guarantees correct positioning.

  • Dimensions
  • Distance from pivot to stylus 308.80mm
  • Distance from pivot to turntable centre 295.60mm
  • Cartridge fixing centres 12.70mm
  • Offset Angle 17.62º
  • Linear Offset 93.47mm
  • Overhang 13.20mm
  • Height above mounting surface max. 87.90mm, min. 56.40mm
  • H - Height of record surface above mounting surface max. 55.90mm, min. `24.40mm
  • Depth below mounting surface 56.75mm
  • Radial clearance for balance weight 73.00mm

  • Specifications
  • Effective Mass 12.0g
  • Cartridge balance range 5.0-32.0g
  • One accessory weight - up to 26.5g
  • Two accessory weight - up to 32.0g
  • Maximum tracking error 0.009°/mm
  • Null points: Inner 66.04mm
  • Outer 120.90mm
  • Internal wiring: Ultra-flexible Silver litz
  • Audio lead: Length 1.2m
  • Weight net: 815.0g

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