Buffalo, NY, November 19, 2020 — Bluebird Music, distributor of high-performance audio products since 2000, is pleased to announce the launch of a new, highly-affordable integrated turntable and arm package from SME, the Model 6.
The Model 6 brings the legendary SME engineering excellence and craftsmanship to a wider audience than ever before. The turntable chassis is CNC-machined from a high density polymer resin, providing high mass with a small footprint; the result is superb resonance absorption and the musical, dynamic sound quality for which SME is famous. The main bearing, spindle, and pulleys are built to the same exacting standards of precision as all SME turntables. Speed control is provided by a new, sophisticated electronic speed control, housed in a separate enclosure crafted from the same polymer as the chassis. Speed adjustment is provided over a wide range, set by a rotary control.
The Model 6’s integrated tonearm is an improved version of the highly-regarded SME M2-9, in a black chrome finish to match the turntable. Suitable for use with both moving magnet and moving coil cartridges over a wide range of weight, 2 to 12 grams, the arm has a removable headshell which simplifies both initial set-up and subsequent cartridge changes. The Model 6 ships with the M2-9 tonearm pre-installed, making set up a breeze.
“We’re excited to now be able to offer SME quality and pride of ownership to music lovers on a tighter budget,” said Jay Rein, President of Bluebird Music. “The Model 6 will be a game-changer, bringing incredible sound quality and decades of reliable performance to a whole new audience.”
Founded by Alastair Robertson-Aikman in 1946, SME is best-known for its turntables and tonearms, but much of the company’s work is in providing precision engineering solutions in demanding sectors in which failure is not an option: Formula One, medical engineering, and aerospace engineering. Those same meticulous design and manufacturing capabilities are utilized in producing SME’s integrated turntables and tonearms.
“It’s a privilege to work with a company with the heritage and reputation of SME,” said Rein. “With the Model 6, more music lovers will have the opportunity to appreciate the company’s products than ever before.”
Finishes, Pricing and Availability:
The Model 6 turntable and M2-9 tonearm package retail for $8,795 in USA and $11,300 in Canada. Available in black finish only. The SME Model 6 turntables are in stock at Bluebird Music and shipping to dealers now.
About Bluebird Music: Founded in 2000 and led by Founder and President Jay Rein, Bluebird Music is a full service, value-added distributor of hi-fi products of the highest quality. Bluebird believes in fully supporting highly-skilled retailers who are passionate about great sound. Products distributed by Bluebird can be found at over 100 select dealerships in the US and Canada.