Padood – Cambridge, England. As a result of close collaboration with SME, the British engineering and specialist high end audio company, Padood is delighted to announce the launch of a limited-quantity Model 10A Black Edition, made exclusively for the UK market.  Featuring all-new total black detailing and matched with the popular SME M10 tonearm, the Model 10A Black Edition comes supplied with an Ortofon Cadenza Black cartridge (UK RRP £1,825).

Limited to just 30 pieces, the SME Model 10A Black Edition is available in the UK now with the SRP of £6,196

Epitomising SME’s attention to detail in every way, the Model 10 has been a mainstay of SME’s turntable range since 2010. The new Black Edition is the first time the Model 10A has been packaged with a cartridge, enabling customers to experience their vinyl collections with minimal fuss.

Chosen for its exceptional sound quality after many hours of listening tests, the Cadenza Black moving coil cartridge, from the globally renowned manufacturer Ortofon, perfectly matches the Model 10A Black Edition in both performance and design.  Mounted on the SME M10 tonearm designed specifically to match the Model 10 turntable, the overall package makes a commanding statement in its limited edition all-black livery.

Each Model 10A Black Edition will feature a special laser-etched manufacturers data plate with a unique serial number (# of 30).  A certificate, bearing the name and signature of the technician who has assembled it, will also be included to commemorate limited edition status.

The SME Model 10A Black Edition in detail:

The turntable is supported on three large polymer isolators inside adjustable feet that allow for quick and easy levelling. The trilateral sub-chassis, carried on three polymer-loaded towers, allows for impressive isolation without floating.

The fully machined platter provides extensional damping and features a diamond turned top surface with a fine scroll finish for an optimal record interface. A large diameter reflex record clamp ensures the largest possible contact between platter and record.

The turntable is driven by a 3 phase, brushless out runner motor with 8-pole neodymium magnets and 3 integrated hall effect sensors.  It is virtually vibration-less by reason of its 2.5 kg (5.5 lbs) weight as well as being isolated on urethane mounts that are adjustable for accurate belt positioning.

Speed Control
The electronic controller uses a high-performance microprocessor, optimised for motor control. Closed loop speed control is implemented using a proportional plus integral (PI) algorithm. Fine pitch speed adjustment allows increments/decrements of +/-0.01% of the selected speed. Speed ranges: 33.3, 45 & 78 rpm.

M10 Tonearm
A derivative of the 309, the M10 is a 10-inch (238.5mm) model featuring many of the design characteristics of the classic Series V.  The unique assembly, which features multiple materials each chosen for the finest precision machining and finish, includes a magnesium detachable headshell for rapid cartridge interchange, should it be required.

Ortofon Cadenza Black Moving Coil Cartridge
Featuring a Nude Shibata stylus with a boron cantilever and utilising Ortofon’s WRD (wide range damping-system), the Cadenza Black’s motor system is wound using the company’s aucurum gold plated 6NX copper wire and mounted in an extruded aluminium housing.  The result is a cartridge that offers amazing tonal neutrality, dynamics and purity of sound.

The SME 10A Black Edition has an SRP of £6,196 and is only available in the UK on a strictly first come, first served basis.

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Contact details for publication:

Padood Limited
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20 Station Road

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About Padood –

Padood is a high-end audio distributor, introducing and building brands across the UK and Ireland.  Their vision is to enable customers to enjoy the ultimate audio experience by offering products which marry the very best in engineering with a profoundly music-led approach.  Everyone at Padood shares a passion for music and the incredible ability of audio systems to recreate that sense of live performance.  Padood aim to differentiate themselves by taking a very proactive approach, working closely with dealers and customers to ensure that listening to, purchasing and owning our range of products is easy and enjoyable.  They believe passionately in the products and brands they represent, and their team is constantly scouring the world for products which are truly world class and manufacturers who share their commitment to delivering the very best.

About SME –

Founded by Alastair Robertson-Aikman in 1946, SME (Scale Model Equipment) Limited is a leading precision engineering company, designing and manufacturing world-class high end turntables and tonearms that have received acclaim the world over.

From design and toolmaking through to all aspects of manufacturing including CNC machining, pressure die-casting, injection moulding, metal finishing, electro-plating, anodising and many other processes, SME manufactures all of its precision turntables and tonearms totally in-house at its Steyning factory.  In addition, the company works across a wide range of sectors including F1, Aerospace and the Medical Equipment Industry, supplying specialist precision engineering services.

About Ortofon –

Ortofon is the world’s oldest and most experienced manufacturer of hi-fi pick-up cartridges. From humble beginnings in 1918, Ortofon is a proud Danish company that has grown to become a micro-mechanical powerhouse. Its core principles of responsibly sourced high-end materials, meticulous design and production processes, pristine working conditions and superlative attention to detail are evident in every single product the company makes.

From the introductory moving magnet OM and 2M ranges, through the Quintet and Cadenza Moving Coil series, all the way up to the exclusive high-end models like the stunning MC Windfeld Ti cartridge, Ortofon is devoted to offering true ‘accuracy in sound’