SME engineers, recognising the potential of the latest complementary equipment, accepted the challenge to design and build a tonearm which, unlike others around, would make no detectable sound contribution of its own. The work took almost four years and the measure of its success is the acceptance of the Series V precision pick-up arm by technical experts and users as one of the world's truly great audio products. The Series V sound has an almost startling dynamic range and neutrality enabling high levels to be enjoyed. It escapes the 'LP' sound and demonstrates that structural resonances in tonearms are responsible for much that makes vinyl records readily discernible from master tapes.
Structurally inert the Series V embodies every worthwhile feature in a pick-up arm. As part of a complete system working in concert with a comparable turntable and cartridge it will provide wide range transparent reproduction of vinyl L.P's, bringing the listener audibly closer to the clarity and dynamics of the original performance.
Unique one-piece pressure die-cast tone-arm utilising the advantages of magnesium, replace conventional fabricated construction.
Internal constrained layer damps minute residual vibration leaving the tone-arm acoustically inert.
Dynamic balance graduated vertical tracking force (VTF) control applies 0-3g x 0.125g through resonance controlled spring.
Unique assembly gives high rigidity and allows bearings to be critically adjusted before tone-arm is fitted.
Anti-skate control operates through tension spring and filament. Dial corresponds with VTF and has positive OFF position.
Lowering/raising control gives smooth positive action. Height of lift can be adjusted.
Dual-lock base provides movement control with high rigidity.
Tungsten-alloy balance weight carried on damped two-point suspension. Extra-low inertia design assists warp riding.
Swivelling damped output socket minimises vibration transmission in sub-chassis use.
Fine adjustment of arm height (VTA).
Fine adjustment of horizontal tracking angle (HTA).
New design alignment protractor sets HTA with greater accuracy.
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