SME Series V-12 Tonearm

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SME Series V-12 Tonearm

SME Series V-12 Tonearm


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210-805-9927

SME Series V-12 Tonearm


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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 Series V-12 Tonearm -

    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.

     

    Build -

    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Underslung weight housing corrects centre of gravity and provides non-reflective tone-arm termination

     

    Damping -

    • Internal constrained layer damps minute residual vibration leaving the tone-arm acoustically inert.
    • Fine machined cartridge platform, enamel free to avoid interface resonance.
    • Swivelling, damped output socket minimises vibration transmission in sub-chassis use.
    • Tungsten-alloy balance carried on two-point suspension. Extra-low inertia design assists warp riding.
    • Subsonic lateral-mode damper can be instantly adjusted or cancelled.

     

    Adjustments -

    • 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.
    • Dual-lock base provides movement control with high rigidity.
    • Fine adjustment of horizontal tracking angle (HTA).
    • Reference lines on tone-arm facilitate VTA setting.
    • Fine adjustment of horizontal tracking angle (HTA

     

    Specifications -

    Series V-12 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

     

    Dimensions -

    Series V-12 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 17.62°
    E – Linear offset 93.47mm
    F – Overhang 13.20mm
    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 V-12 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 Series V-12 Tonearm -

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.

 

Build -

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Underslung weight housing corrects centre of gravity and provides non-reflective tone-arm termination

 

Damping -

  • Internal constrained layer damps minute residual vibration leaving the tone-arm acoustically inert.
  • Fine machined cartridge platform, enamel free to avoid interface resonance.
  • Swivelling, damped output socket minimises vibration transmission in sub-chassis use.
  • Tungsten-alloy balance carried on two-point suspension. Extra-low inertia design assists warp riding.
  • Subsonic lateral-mode damper can be instantly adjusted or cancelled.

 

Adjustments -

  • 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.
  • Dual-lock base provides movement control with high rigidity.
  • Fine adjustment of horizontal tracking angle (HTA).
  • Reference lines on tone-arm facilitate VTA setting.
  • Fine adjustment of horizontal tracking angle (HTA

 

Specifications -

Series V-12 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

 

Dimensions -

Series V-12 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 17.62°
E – Linear offset 93.47mm
F – Overhang 13.20mm
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