SME Series 312-S Tonearm

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SME Series 312-S Tonearm

SME Series 312-S Tonearm


Not available online, please call to order.
210-805-9927

SME Series 312-S Tonearm


Not available online, please call to order.
210-805-9927


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    MY TAKE: Without question, SME is an icon in the industry. With a seventy-year tradition of perfection in design, engineering and manufacture, SME has always been considered the pinnacle of analog art and science. Arguments may rage between analog devotees concerning “the best” turntable and tonearms, SME owners sit back and enjoy the music! My highest recommendation. – Galen Carol

     

    SME 312-S Tonearm -

    The Model 312S precision pick-up arm is an extension of the popular Series 300 range designed with maximising performance and ease of use in mind. It has a detachable magnesium headshell to provide the convenience of rapid cartridge interchange whilst maintaining a degree of rigidity normally only associated with arms of one piece design.

    The 12 inch magnesium construction takes advantage of the reduction in Maximum tracking error/distortion afforded by the greater arm length when compared with 9 inch models.

     

    Build -

    The 12in pressure die-cast magnesium construction takes advantage of the reduction in maximum tracking error/distortion afforded by the greater arm length when compared with 9in models.

    • Unique pressure die-cast magnesium shell detachable and interchangeable without disturbing cartridge or wiring.
    • Design of headshell clamping ensures a rigid junction with the tone-arm.
    • Stainless steel cross shaft, ground and thread ground. Carried in massive yoke on 10mm precision ball races. Axes at record mean level to minimise warp-wow.
    • Unique assembly gives high rigidity and allows bearings to be critically adjusted before the tone-arm is fitted.
    • Stainless steel vertical shaft, ground and thread ground, with integral 16mm diameter flange to couple shaft and yoke.
    • 23mm diameter steel pillar, heat treated, ground and honed, carries two 17mm precision ball races, widely spaced to resist tilt.

     

    Damping -

    • Internal constrained layer damps minute residual vibrations making tone-arm acoustically inert.
    • Tungsten-alloy balance weight 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.

     

    Adjustments -

    • Anti-skate control operates through tension spring and filament. Dial calibrated to correspond with VTF and has positive OFF position.
    • Lowering/raising control gives smooth positive action. Height of lift can be adjusted.
    • Dual-lock base provides movement control with high rigidity.
    • Reference lines on tone-arm facilitate VTA setting.
    • Fine adjustment of horizontal tracking angle (HTA).
    • Cartridge leads and internal wiring in Silver litz.

     

    Specifications -

    Model 312-S Dimensions  
    A – Distance from pivot to stylus 308.80mm
    B – Distance from pivot to turntable centre 295.60mm
    C – Cartridge fixing centres 12.70mm
    D – Offset angle 17.28°
    E – Linear offset 91.54mm
    F – Overhang 12.60mm
    G – Height above mounting surface max. 87.90mm
    min. 56.40mm
    H – Height of record surface above mounting surface max. 55.90mm
    min. 24.40mm
    J – Depth below mounting surface 56.75mm
    K – Radial clearance for balance weight 73.0mm

     

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SME Series 312-S Tonearm


Not available online, please call to order.
210-805-9927


Description

 

MY TAKE: Without question, SME is an icon in the industry. With a seventy-year tradition of perfection in design, engineering and manufacture, SME has always been considered the pinnacle of analog art and science. Arguments may rage between analog devotees concerning “the best” turntable and tonearms, SME owners sit back and enjoy the music! My highest recommendation. – Galen Carol

 

SME 312-S Tonearm -

The Model 312S precision pick-up arm is an extension of the popular Series 300 range designed with maximising performance and ease of use in mind. It has a detachable magnesium headshell to provide the convenience of rapid cartridge interchange whilst maintaining a degree of rigidity normally only associated with arms of one piece design.

The 12 inch magnesium construction takes advantage of the reduction in Maximum tracking error/distortion afforded by the greater arm length when compared with 9 inch models.

 

Build -

The 12in pressure die-cast magnesium construction takes advantage of the reduction in maximum tracking error/distortion afforded by the greater arm length when compared with 9in models.

  • Unique pressure die-cast magnesium shell detachable and interchangeable without disturbing cartridge or wiring.
  • Design of headshell clamping ensures a rigid junction with the tone-arm.
  • Stainless steel cross shaft, ground and thread ground. Carried in massive yoke on 10mm precision ball races. Axes at record mean level to minimise warp-wow.
  • Unique assembly gives high rigidity and allows bearings to be critically adjusted before the tone-arm is fitted.
  • Stainless steel vertical shaft, ground and thread ground, with integral 16mm diameter flange to couple shaft and yoke.
  • 23mm diameter steel pillar, heat treated, ground and honed, carries two 17mm precision ball races, widely spaced to resist tilt.

 

Damping -

  • Internal constrained layer damps minute residual vibrations making tone-arm acoustically inert.
  • Tungsten-alloy balance weight 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.

 

Adjustments -

  • Anti-skate control operates through tension spring and filament. Dial calibrated to correspond with VTF and has positive OFF position.
  • Lowering/raising control gives smooth positive action. Height of lift can be adjusted.
  • Dual-lock base provides movement control with high rigidity.
  • Reference lines on tone-arm facilitate VTA setting.
  • Fine adjustment of horizontal tracking angle (HTA).
  • Cartridge leads and internal wiring in Silver litz.

 

Specifications -

Model 312-S Dimensions  
A – Distance from pivot to stylus 308.80mm
B – Distance from pivot to turntable centre 295.60mm
C – Cartridge fixing centres 12.70mm
D – Offset angle 17.28°
E – Linear offset 91.54mm
F – Overhang 12.60mm
G – Height above mounting surface max. 87.90mm
min. 56.40mm
H – Height of record surface above mounting surface max. 55.90mm
min. 24.40mm
J – Depth below mounting surface 56.75mm
K – Radial clearance for balance weight 73.0mm