The Model 12 is SME’s new entry-level turntable and replaces the Model 10. The Model 12 uses the unique styling of SME’s new Synergy turntable and comes complete with an SME Model 309 one-piece magnesium tonearm, one of the most rigid and acoustically inert tonearms on the market.
The Model 12 features several important upgrades from the Model 10. It is a higher mass design with increased stability. New adjustable feet, taken from SME’s Synergy table, allow for easy levelling while providing superior isolation. A substantial 3/4” spindle improves mechanical integrity, upgraded electronics lower the noise floor, and the 309 tonearm internal wiring and audio lead now feature Crystal Cable. (Click link at the bottom of page for more details).
As with all SME turntables, the Model 12 is a stable high mass, minimal footprint, high performance engineered design benefitting from the finest materials and hand craftsmanship. Every component part has been precision crafted in-house to the strictest tolerances to contribute to an unparalleled musical performance and value.
The increase in mass and stability over the predecessor Model 10 reveals performance much closer to the model 15 with a lowering of noise and improved bottom octave bass performance. The Crystal Cable upgrade brings a significant increase in transparency.
Hear the true sound of your records and phono cartridge for the first time with an SME turntable.
The new Model 12 delivers a natural, open and dynamic sound. It faithfully recreates the sound and emotion of the original performance with an uncanny sense of realism that will transport you to the concert hall.
The Model 12 is stocked in black finish. It weighs 57 lbs. Dimensions are: W15” x D14” x H7”.
Paul Seydor, The Absolute Sound, Winner: Turntable of the Year, January 2021
Many arm/table combinations costing multiples of its price come nowhere near this level of execution and performance.
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