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SME Model 15A turntable, 11 kg of simplicity and excellent sound

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Dale Davies |
SME Model 15A
Audio   The ultimate in recovery vehicles

The SME Model 15 could be described as “the ultimate in recovery vehicles,” allowing the cartridge to retrieve the last iota of recorded material.

SME Model 15AReceiving its inspiration from the superb Model 10 precision turntable, the Model 15 seeks to emulate the excellence of the Models 20/3 & 30/2 turntable whilst retaining the compact footprint. The 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 laid back styling make it a glamorous addition to your sound system that will astound and amaze listeners for many years to come.

SME Model 15AThe main spindle is 19 mm (3/4) machined from high chrome tool steel. It is ground, super finished and supported in a sealed housing with individually fitted sintered bronze bearings of generous proportions needed to support the platter. The Model 15 sub-chassis is suspended on 30 purpose moulded "O" rings and weighs, together with the platter, more than 11 kg, thus meeting all the requirements of high density construction that is required to maintain freedom from colouration

SME Model 15AControlled by a central fluid damper which controls the sub-chassis motion, offers a resistive ground path for acoustic signals, eliminates overshoot and gives almost zero "Q" recovery. The turntable is driven by a 3 phase, brushless outrunner motor with 8-pole Neodymium magnets and 3 integrated Hall effect sensors and virtually vibrationless by reason of its 2.5 kg (5.5 lbs) weight as well as being isolated on urethane mounts that are adjustable for accurate belt positioning.

SME Model 15AThe electronic controller uses a high performance microprocessor, optimised for motor control. Closed loop speed control is implemented using a proportional plus integral (PI) algorithm. Fine pitch speed adjustment allows increments/decrements of +/-0.01% of selected speed. Speed ranges: 33.3, 45 & 78 rpm. Simply put, the SME Model 15 is one of the best turntables you can find out there.


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