SME Series V-12 Tonearm

Series V-12 Tonearm

Magnesium Tone-arm
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.


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  • 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.
  • Internal constrained layer damps minute residual vibration leaving the tone-arm acoustically inert.
  • Fine machined cartridge platform, enamel free to avoid interface resonance.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Subsonic lateral-mode damper can be instantly adjusted or cancelled.
  • Dual-lock base provides movement control with high rigidity.
  • Tungsten-alloy balance carried on two-point suspension. Extra-low inertia design assists warp riding.
  • Underslung weight housing corrects centre of gravity and provides non-reflective tone-arm termination.
  • Swivelling, damped output socket minimises vibration transmission in sub-chassis use.
  • Fine adjustment of horizontal tracking angle (HTA).
  • Reference lines on tone-arm facilitate VTA setting.
  • Fine adjustment of horizontal tracking angle (HTA).
  • Alignment protractor designed to provide HTA setting with greater accuracy.
  • Advanced jig/template system guarantees correct positioning.

Chrome Finish Option
A special chrome finish option is available for the Series V-12.

Series V-12 Dimensions  Series V-12 Specifications 
A - Distance from pivot to stylus 308.80mm Effective mass 12.0g
B - Distance from pivot to turntable centre 295.60mm Cartridge balance range 5.0 - 32.0g
C - Cartridge fixing centres 12.70mm + One accessory weight - up to 26.5g
D - Offset angle 17.62° + Two accessory weight - up to 32.0g
E - Linear offset 93.47mm Maximum tracking error 0.009°/mm
F - Overhang 13.20mm Null points Inner 66.04mm
Outer 120.90mm
G - Height above mounting surface max. 87.90mm
min. 56.40mm
Internal wiring Ultra-flexible Silver litz
H - Height of record surface above mounting surface max. 55.90mm
min. 24.40mm
Audio lead Length 1.2m
J - Depth below mounting surface 56.75mm Weight net 815.0g
K - Radial clearance for balance weight 73.0mm