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SME announces limited-edition Model 10A Black Edition turntable

SME has announced the launch of a limited-quantity Model 10A Black Edition (£6,196), made exclusively for the UK and with 30 units available. 

Based on the brand’s long-standing (eight-year-old) Model 10A, the new deck pairs the familiar SME M10 tonearm with all-back aesthetics, as well as Ortofon’s Cadenza Black moving coil cartridge - marking the first time the deck has been packaged with a cartridge.

The 10-inch tonearm (derived from SME’s 309 deck) includes a magnesium detachable head-shell for quick cartridge interchange, while the cartridge features a Nude Shibata stylus with a boron cantilever and utilises Ortofon’s WRD (wide range damping-system).

SME claims a ‘vibration-less’ motor with its 2.5 kg weight and isolation on urethane mounts, and has worked to further dampen the unit from its platter to its trilateral sub-chassis, which is based on three polymer-loaded towers for optimal isolation without floating. Lastly, the fine pitch speed adjustment allows increments/decrements of +/-0.01% of the selected speed (which ranges 33.3, 45 and 78 rpm), 

Each of the 30 available Model 10A Black Editions will feature a laser-etched manufacturers data plate with a unique serial number (1-30), and come with a certificate with the name and signature of the technician who has assembled it.

The SME 10A Black Edition has an SRP of £6,196 and is only available in the UK on a first come, first served basis - so get your order in!


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Becky is Hi-Fi and Audio editor of What Hi-Fi?, and has been part of the team for almost eight years, with her current position preceded by roles as a staff writer and news editor. During that time she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching horror movies and hunting for gluten-free cake.