SME: Model 30/2 turntable test review

  Stereophile write …. Dense, compact, and built to run O-rings around the competition, SME’s flagship turntable makes every other design I’ve encountered—with the possible exception of Rockport’s System III Sirius—look almost homemade. I don’t mean to insult the many fine, well-engineered designs out there, but I’ve seen nothing else to compare with SME’s tank-like approach to […]

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NEWS: Sumiko, Shure (End of an era) SME, Loricraft, Garrard.

In the past 24 hours …. Shure (end of an era) SME Sumiko Garrard reborn Loricraft new ownership All at https://www.facebook.com/groups/358085808044652/ Previously …. Ruark Q Acoustics Audio Research Audio Analogue MurAudio Monitor Audio Chord Electronics Record Store Day Acoustic Energy Best high-end turntables Pro-Ject Audio Analogue Rotel iFi Blue Aura CAD Amphion low frequency extension […]

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SME: Model 20/12 turntable & 312S tonearm test review

  Stereophile write ….. Much has happened in the analog world since I reviewed SME’s flagship Model 30/2 turntable for the March 2003 Stereophile (footnote 1). Back then, spending $25,000 on a turntable (without tonearm) was an odd extravagance intended only for those seriously committed to the format, and who already owned large LP collections. Although new LPs were […]

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GARRARD: Buy a Technics SL-1200 or Renovate Garrard 401/SME 3009

Well, my Pro-ject RPM 4 Turntable hardly gets used, because it just doesn’t sound good enough compared to my digital sources, so I’m thinking of flogging it and putting the money into another project. I have an old Garrad 401, with an SME 3009, fitted in an old wooden plinth (painted white) – this hasn’t […]

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MICHELL ENGINEERING: Orbe versus old Pink Triangle PT2, LFD Audio copper reference, SME 4 – and more

Hello. I am using an Orbe with and Audio Origami breathed-on Zeta arm with a Benz Glider plus an LFD Audio copper reference arm cable. I also have a PT2 which is in need of quite a bit of tlc – I mean to get it working properly – would you expect it to be […]

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SME: ‘When it came back, the sound was transformed…I’m not exaggerating ….’

After all these years, I got a bit of a surprise with my system this week. I took my arm (series Five, 12inch version) back to SME in Steyning for some minor changes to the wiring. The arm is five years old, so I asked them to check and clean the bearings, as they had […]

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