Posted on 7th December, 2018


Especially built for the UK, the SME Model 10A Black Edition is now available in extremely limited numbers. Be quick; it's first come, first served.

British high-end audio company SME and Padood Distribution have collaborated to launch a limited-quantity Model 10A Black Edition, made exclusively for the UK market.  Featuring all-new total black detailing and matched with the popular SME M10 tonearm, the Model 10A Black Edition comes supplied with an Ortofon Cadenza Black cartridge. The cartridge alone has a UK RRP of £1,825.

Limited to just 30 pieces, the SME Model 10A Black Edition is available in the UK now with the SRP of £6,196.

The Model 10 has been a mainstay of SME's turntable range since 2010. The new Black Edition is the first time the Model 10A has been packaged with a cartridge, enabling you to experience that vinyl collection fuss-free.

Partnering the SME Model 10A Black Edition for this none-more black outfit is Ortofon's Cadenza Black moving coil cartridge.  Mounted on the SME M10 tonearm explicitly designed to match the Model 10 turntable, the overall package makes a powerful statement in its limited edition all-black livery.

Each Model 10A Black Edition will feature a special laser-etched manufacturers data plate with a unique serial number (# of 30).  A certificate, bearing the name and signature of the technician who has assembled it, will also be included to commemorate limited edition status.

The SME Model 10A Black Edition details

SME Model 10A Black Edition

The turntable is supported on three large polymer isolators inside adjustable feet that allow for quick and easy levelling. The trilateral sub-chassis, carried on three polymer-loaded towers, provides for effective isolation without floating.

The fully machined platter provides extensional damping and features a diamond turned top surface with an elegant scroll finish for an optimal record interface. A large diameter reflex record clamp ensures the largest possible contact between platter and record.

The turntable is driven by a 3 phase, brushless outrunner motor with 8-pole neodymium magnets and 3 integrated hall effect sensors.  It is virtually vibration-less because of its 2.5 kg (5.5 lbs) weight as well as being isolated on urethane mounts that are adjustable for accurate belt positioning.

The 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 the selected speed. Speed ranges: 33.3, 45 and 78 rpm.

M10 Tonearm

A derivative of the 309, the M10 is a 10-inch model featuring many of the design characteristics of the classic Series V.  The unique assembly, which features multiple materials each chosen for the most exceptional precision machining and finish, includes a magnesium detachable headshell for rapid cartridge interchange.

Ortofon Cadenza Black Moving Coil Cartridge

Featuring a Nude Shibata stylus with a boron cantilever and utilising Ortofon's WRD (wide range damping-system), the Cadenza Black's motor system is wound using the company's aucurum gold plated 6NX copper wire and mounted in an extruded aluminium housing.  The result is a cartridge that offers amazing tonal neutrality, dynamics and purity of sound.

The SME 10A Black Edition has an SRP of £6,196 and is only available in the UK on a strictly first come, first served basis.

More information can be had at SME.


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