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SME Model 30/2 Turntable


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Brand SME

Tech Specs

  • - Dimensions: 450 x 350 x 220mm.
  • - Packing: Substantial wooden case with internal fitments
  • - Net weight with power supply: 42,0kg
  • - Shipping weight approximately: 58,0kg

Product Description

The SME Model 30/2 (available on 0% finance) is a unique turntable, its immaculate construction stems from facilities and quality control which have made SME a byword for engineering excellence - available as 30/2 (without tonearm) or the 30/2a (with matching SME V-GPD tonearm, which is the Series-V model with gold detailing). There are no critical adjustments or setting up procedures. Judged by Germany’s AUDIO 'the best turntable of all time' the Model 30/2 can be for the fortunate owner of an analogue collection the key to lasting musical enjoyment.

SME have built pick-up arms for more than thirty-five years. Indeed, the design and engineering experience gained from this has been applied in the Model 30/2, a precision turntable created to compliment the SME Series V regarded by many as the best tonearm in the world.

In common with this arm the design of the Model 30/2 takes special account of sonic considerations and with equipment of comparable quality can provide a listening experience that allows L.P. sound to be re-assessed. Detail, resolution, and neutrality are of a new order with a dynamic range that does justice to the original sound.


The laws of physics decree that the higher the mass and stiffness of a body the less it will flex and vibrate - and this is reflected throughout the Model 30/2. The sub-chassis is machined from 19mm thick aluminium alloy plate and weighs approximately 17kg while the base with its four supporting pillars adds a further 16kg. This offers the high mass and stiffness required for uncoloured reproduction further aided by efficient extensional damping of both components to reduce the amplitude and duration of their vibrational modes.

In conventional turntables metal supporting springs often contribute significantly to colouration. The unique suspension system of the Model 30/2 has no sonic footprint, it hangs the sub-chassis on ninety-six strands of rubber in the form of forty-eight purpose moulded 'O' rings. An ingenious method of anchorage allows them to be removed or replaced instantly, should this ever be necessary, even while a record is playing. Sub-chassis motion is disciplined by four fluid dampers, one in each of the supporting columns. Built-in locks one at each corner of the sub-chassis, enable the suspension to be secured and automatically sealed for transport.

Precision Engineering

The moving parts of a fine turntable are of paramount importance. The spindle of the Model 30/2 is 170,5mm long and 19mm diameter. The massive sealed housing and individually fitted sintered bronze bearings in which the spindle runs are also of the generous proportions needed to ensure that the 330mm diameter platter weighing 7kg is adequately supported. The Model 30/2's excellent dynamics and pitch stability are largely the result of the immense care taken in the design and execution of these components.

The platter face is machined with a fine scroll found to interface better than a plain surface. A substantial reflex clamp ensures maximum contact with the platter even when severe record warp is present. Dowels ensure positional accuracy so that if more than one arm is in use the arm mounting plinth can be quickly interchanged.

It can be fairly claimed that the engineering of the Model 30/2 is unique in a turntable. In the quest for perfection even the stainless steel motor pulley has received detailed attention. It is crowned to ensure belt centrality, concentric within +/- 2,5 microns and secured to its precision ground tungsten steel shaft with twin grub screws to maintain rotational balance. From this the drive is transmitted via a ground rubber belt to a 209mm sub-platter weighing 2,3kg. This is extensionally damped and incorporates four captive transit screws allowing the main spindle's vertical thrust bearing to be off loaded for safe transport.

Package Includes

- Height Setting Gauge
- 300mm Stroboscopic Disc
- Reflex Record Clamp
- Record Spindle Washer
- Soft Cover
- Operating Instruction Manual.

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