Pre-Owned and Ex-Demo
About the SME 10 turntable and SME IV tonearm
The SME 10 turntable, paired with the precision-crafted SME IV tonearm, embodies what's great about SME engineering and craftsmanship, delivering an unparalleled vinyl listening experience for the price of this pre-owned duo. Built with meticulous attention to detail and utilizing the finest materials, the SME 10 turntable is designed to achieve exceptional rotational stability for faithful reproduction of every musical nuance and detail.
The SME IV tonearm, renowned for its exceptional tracking ability and meticulous engineering, seamlessly complements the SME 10 turntable, offering an unrivalled level of precision and control for vinyl playback. With its robust construction and advanced anti-vibration features, the SME IV tonearm provides a stable platform for the cartridge, minimising unwanted resonance and ensuring optimal tracking performance.
SME 10 turntable: Belt-driven turntable with polymer-insert suspension. Speeds: 33 1/3rpm, 45rpm. Wow and flutter: not specified. Rumble: not specified.
Dimensions: 14 5/8" W by 6 3/8" H (clamp fitted) by 13.8" D. Weight: 35 lbs.
SME IV tonearm: Fixed-bearing (Abec 7) tonearm with nondetachable headshell, adjustable silicone damping, adjustable VTA, and tapered, pressure-diecast magnesium armtube. Distance from pivot to stylus: 9.18"; from pivot to turntable center: 8.48". Offset angle: 23.6 degrees. Linear offset: 3.68". Overhang: 0.70". Effective mass: 10gm. Vertical tracking force: 0-3gm. Maximum tracking error: 0.12 degrees.
The Winters Audio Experience
Well, this is a classic British brand with one of their best duos ever. 'The ten and the four' are literally a marriage made in heaven. SME have had a hugely successful career with their turntables and tone arms, building exquisite precision machines that are a delight to use and listen to. For us, this table and arm is a great allrounder. It's precise and transparent, and very neutral without any extra bloom and warmth – probably a function of its almost plinthless design. It's got great timing and digs out lots of detail.
The big question is though, is it worth investing in this pre-owned duo rather than buying new? Well yes – absolutely. There's no worries about parts or servicing with anything made by SME, it's got style and intricate engineering all in the name of extracting information from your records, and it's likely to retain its value too – these are sought after pieces for sure.