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SME Series V-12


Condition: New
Warranty: 2 Years
Colour: Black
HTFH Cat. No.: EB350
  • SME - probably the best tonearms in the world
  • One-piece die-cast magnesium tonearm
  • Dual-lock base
  • Acoustically inert tonearm damps minute residual vibrations
  • 12" Version of the Series V
£7,550.00 Each

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SME Series V-12
SME Series V-12


Based on the multi-award winning Series V pick-up arm, the Series V-12 incorporates the same design and engineering that have made SME a byword for excellence. Coherent musical control is held over the entire frequency range in terms of tonal quality, stability and stereo imaging. Startling dynamic range, neutrality, structurally inert, the Series V-12 embodies every worthwhile feature in a pick-up arm.

The 12 inch tone-arm is pressure die-cast in magnesium complete with an Integrated headshell to eliminate tone-arm resonances in the audio spectrum and offers a 27% reduction in maximum angular error distortion over 9 inch models. Listening: the benefits of minimal tracking error and harmonic distortion are clearly revealed.

The 12in pressure die-cast tone-arm utilises the advantages of magnesium and exploits the reduction in maximum tracking error/distortion afforded by the greater arm length when compared with 9in models.
Stainless steel cross shaft, ground and thread ground. Carried in massive yoke on Ø10mm precision ball races. Axes at record mean level to minimise warp-wow.
Dynamic balance. Graduated vertical tracking force control applies up to 3.0g x 0.125g VTF through resonance controlled spring.
Stainless steel vertical shaft, ground and thread ground, with integral Ø16mm flange to couple shaft and yoke.
Ø23mm steel pillar, heat treated, ground and honed, carries two Ø17mm precision ball races, widely spaced to resist tilt.
Underslung weight housing corrects centre of gravity and provides non-reflective tone-arm termination.



Internal constrained layer damps minute residual vibration leaving the tone-arm acoustically inert. Fine machined cartridge platform, enamel free to avoid interface resonance. Swivelling, damped output socket minimises vibration transmission in sub-chassis use. Tungsten-alloy balance carried on two-point suspension. Extra-low inertia design assists warp riding. Subsonic lateral-mode damper can be instantly adjusted or cancelled.


Anti-skate control operates through tension spring and filament. Dial corresponds with VTF and has a 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. Fine adjustment of horizontal tracking angle (HTA). Reference lines on tone-arm facilitate VTA setting. Fine adjustment of horizontal tracking angle (HTA).

Technical Specification

SME Series V-12

Series V-12 Dimensions     
Distance from pivot to stylus     308.80mm
Distance from pivot to turntable centre     295.60mm
Cartridge fixing centres     12.70mm
Offset angle     17.62°
Linear offset     93.47mm
Overhang     13.20mm
Height above mounting surface     max. 87.90mm - min. 56.40mm
Height of record surface above mounting surface     max. 55.90mm - min. 24.40mm
Depth below mounting surface     56.75mm
Radial clearance for balance weight     73.0mm

Series V-12 Specifications     
Effective mass     12.0g
Cartridge balance range     5.0 – 32.0g
+ One accessory weight – up to     26.5g
+ Two accessory weight – up to     32.0g
Maximum tracking error     0.009°/mm
Null points     Inner 66.04mm
Outer 120.90mm
Internal wiring     Ultra-flexible Silver litz
Audio lead     Length 1.2m
Weight net     815.0g

2 Years
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Series V-12
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