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SME V. Worth it?

Ok, so i've just started listening to my Gyro again, this week, for the first time in donkeys (bout a year and half) and I'd forgotten just how blummin' good it is. The missus is loving it just as much as me, so we're having a good ol' listen every night, with a glass (bottle) of vino :-). I even went out and bought some vinyl yesterday. I havent done that in two years!

Anyhoo, as always happens to me, when I get back into my hifi, although genuinely can't fault anything about it's sound, I want to upgrade, hence the question in the Headline.

I currently have a TecnoArm A with a Grado Reference Platinum 1 cart. I'm looking at the SME V arm as a replacement. 

Is it worth it? and are there other tonearms out there that are as good, or better for the dollar?

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RE: SME V. Worth it?

Being practical, I'd rather spend a fraction of the cash on the Jelco SA-750D. (They make - or have made - tonearms for Koetsu, Linn, Oracle and Roksan among others.)

However, the SME V will make a hell of statement to anyone sitting in your lounge - who knows their tonearms - and will look great on the GyroDec  whereas the Jelco will look pretty anonymous in comparison.

What will the SME V cash buy you in the way of a turntable upgrade? (Traditionally, I thought turntables get upgraded first, especially if you have over £2.7K  of tonearm funding available.) 

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RE: SME V. Worth it?

Cheers for the rec.

Not really thinking of upgrading the deck, Chebby. I think the Gyro's great and, unless im wrong (frequently am), it's a good enough deck to take and do justice to the SME V or similar.

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RE: SME V. Worth it?

Series iv isnt a million miles off a v Bretts at circa 900 quid cheaper.  Audio Origami PU7 very nice arm indeed but quite different to the sme. Smes are quite forensic for want of a better worm, whatevers in the groove the sme will dig it out !. You will be in ' Blimey, Ive never heard that bit before' land, if you go Sme. 

Tbh it isnt a case of better or as good as the series v for the dollar , its all down to preferences in presentation. 

 

I run a series iv byraway.

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Lovely tonearm and it's hard

Lovely tonearm and it's hard to beat the SME's build quality however, as previously stated the IV offers nine tenths of the V's performance at about half the price.
Personally I would be looking at one of the Origin Live tonearms and spending the rest on a cartridge upgrade (but that's just me). Smile

 

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RE: Lovely tonearm and it's hard

Appreciate the comments, fellas. I'll have a look at the IV. A cart upgrade would coming alongside the arm upgrade AL. That will be the next can of worms Smile

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RE: Lovely tonearm and it's hard

There are plenty of good IV's going around if you fancy second-hand from reputable dealer.

Looking forward to your next can of worms / dilema :grin:

 

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RE: Lovely tonearm and it's hard

Never had a problem with second-hand. Cheers, Al!

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RE: Lovely tonearm and it's hard

They tend to hold their price well Bretts. But as Smes are pretty much bomb proof s/h is a good way to go. Like Michell they are a good company to deal with if you need to pick brains etc.

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RE: Lovely tonearm and it's hard

Cheers, buddy.

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I am about to drop some cash

I am about to drop some cash on a gyro, gonna get a demo soon with some different arms but will probably start with a tecnoarm. Listen to what Floyd says he has helped me loads with carts, set up and Phonos - even lent me cart to demo

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I am about to drop some cash

I am about to drop some cash on a gyro, gonna get a demo soon with some different arms but will probably start with a tecnoarm. Listen to what Floyd says he has helped me loads with carts, set up and Phonos - even lent me cart to demo

Michell / Icon Audio / Kudos

 

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RE: I am about to drop some cash

Oh, me and Floydy doodle go way back. Always listen to what the knowledgeable b.ugger has to say, even though its usually advice that aint necessarily good for my wallet   Smile

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RE: I am about to drop some cash

bretty wrote:

Oh, me and Floydy doodle go way back. Always listen to what the knowledgeable b.ugger has to say, even though its usually advice that aint necessarily good for my wallet   Smile

Can't offer any insights re: tonearms, but welcome back Bretty. 

I enjoyed following your turntable journey/journeys. Sounds like there may be more in store.

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Personally, I'd look at an

Personally, I'd look at an SME IV for a Gyro - I think the V is pushing it a little (even though I would love a V on my SEduction!). It'll work and no doubt sound great, but I think I'd rather switch to an Orbe SE for a greater improvement, and then work towards a V at a later date.

If you're sticking with the Gyro, you could probably do with a HR power supply before moving up on the arm, in my opinion, and there's also the Orbe platter upgrade too.

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RE: Personally, I'd look at an

David@FrankHarvey wrote:
Personally, I'd look at an SME IV for a Gyro - I think the V is pushing it a little (even though I would love a V on my SEduction!). It'll work and no doubt sound great, but I think I'd rather switch to an Orbe SE for a greater improvement, and then work towards a V at a later date. If you're sticking with the Gyro, you could probably do with a HR power supply before moving up on the arm, in my opinion, and there's also the Orbe platter upgrade too.

Back in the day, the advice was that the Deck was more important than the Arm, and the Arm was more important than the Cartridge......I take it, that still holds true.

 

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