SME Launches New Model 15 Turntable
Arguably one of the world's best turntable manufacturers, SME, have released the 'Model 15' turntable, described as the “ultimate in recovery vehicles”.
SME says that Model 15 allows the cartridge to retrieve the last nth of recorded material, whether digital or analogue from the vinyl disc and thus approaches the ultimate in perfection.
Receiving its inspiration from the superb Model 10 precision turntable, the Model 15 seeks to emulate the excellence of Models 20/3 and 30/2 turntables whilst retaining the more compact footprint preferred by many enthusiasts.
The SME Model 15 has been designed with the same attention to detail combined with simplicity of operation that has come to be expected from all SME products.
“Its superb performance together with conservative styling make it a sophisticated addition to any sound system that will astound and amaze listeners for years to come.” Warwick Freemantle, Director of Pure Music Group, representing SME in Australia, told StereoNET.
Sub-chassis suspended on 30 O-Rings weighing 11kg meeting high-density construction requirements on which freedom from colouration depends.
Suspension adjustable through trimming screws.
Central fluid damper controls sub-chassis motion and offers a resistive ground path for acoustic signals, eliminating overshoot and resulting in almost zero “Q” recovery.
Platter machined from aluminium alloy weighing 4.6kg and extensionally damped. The top surface is diamond turned with a fine scroll.
Substantial reflex clamp is provided to counteract record warps and maximize platter contact with the record surface.
Silent 3-Phase brushless outrunner inductance motor with electronic closed loop speed control for 33.3, 45 and 78 rpm. Fine speed adjustment in the range +/-0.01%.
Standard arm mountings for all SME 9” and 10” arms
Dimensions W428 x D378 x H176 mm, Weight 18.5kg.
Pure Music Group advocates parity pricing, and the Model 15 basic turntable is available now for $9,990 RRP, or the Model 15A with matching SME 309 SPD tonearm is available for $12,690 RRP.
Freemantle continued, “this pricing closely mirrors current UK pricing and offers exceptional value for a turntable system of this calibre”.
SME is distributed in Australia by Pure Music Group.