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The Model 15 could be described as “the ultimate in recovery vehicles”, allowing the cartridge to retrieve the last iota of recorded material whether digital or analogue, from the vinyl disc and approaching the ultimate in perfection. Receiving its inspiration from the superb Model 10 precision turntable, the Model 15 seeks to emulate the excellence of our Models 20/3 & 30/2 turntable whilst retaining the more compact footprint preferred by many of our enthusiasts.

The Model 15 has been designed with the same attention to detail combined with simplicity of operation that has come to be expected from all SME products. Its superb performance together with laid back styling make it a glamorous addition to your sound system that will astound and amaze listeners for many years to come.

The main spindle is 19 mm (3/4″) machined from high chrome tool steel, it is ground, super finished and supported in a sealed housing with individually fitted sintered bronze bearings of generous proportions needed to support the platter.


The Model 15 sub-chassis is suspended on 30 purpose moulded ‘O’ rings and weighs, together with the platter, more than 11.0 kg (24 lbs), thus meeting all the requirements of high density construction that is required to maintain freedom from colouration.


Controlled by a central fluid damper which controls the sub-chassis motion, offers a resistive ground path for acoustic signals, eliminates overshoot and gives almost zero ‘Q’ recovery.


Machined from aluminium alloy and weighs over 4.6 kg (10 lbs). It is extensionally damped, the top surface being diamond-turned with a fine scroll. This method of finishing contacts a myriad of tiny fibres with the underside of the record, firmly coupling it to the platter. A substantial reflex clamp ensures the largest possible platter contact even when an appreciable record warp is present.


The turntable is driven by a 3 phase, brushless outrunner motor with 8-pole Neodymium magnets and 3 integrated Hall effect sensors and virtually vibrationless 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 selected speed. Speed ranges: 33.3, 45 & 78 rpm.

Dimensions & Weight

Dimensions: 428 x 378 x 176mm

Net weight: 18.5 kg (40 lbs)

Shipping weight: 24.2 kg (53 lbs)



Width 452.0mm (17.80”)
Depth 361.0mm (14.20”)
Height 175.0mm (6.90”)
Platter Diameter 305.0mm (12.00”)
Net Weight 18.500 Kg
Shipping weight 24.200 Kg


The turntable is driven by a 3-phase, 6 pulse, inductance motor, with 8 pole Neodymium
magnets and 3 integrated Hall position sensors.

The electronic controller uses a high performance microcomputer, optimised for motor

The Hall position sensors on the motor provide accurate feedback to the micro
controller allowing very accurate and stable speed control, including 33 1/3, 45 and 78

The reference oscillator is a 10MHz quartz crystal, which is multiplied by 4 to
produce an internal microprocessor clock speed of 40MHz.

The driver stage has CMOS buffers/MOSFET drivers with 1.2 Amp peak drive

The power output stage is six high power complimentary Mosfets in a 3 Phase Bridge
Driver configuration.

Closed loop speed control is implemented using a pseudo sine wave commutation
sequence and a proportional-plus-integral (PI) algorithm.

The design incorporates a 4 layer surface mount technology pcb with on-board user
adjustable speed variation control.

33 1/3, 45 and 78 rpm.

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Nintronics offers generous trade in prices to help make your next upgrade as seamless as possible, while greatly reducing the overall price of your purchase. Depending upon the items involved, Nintronics will be happy to send out one of our nationwide installation engineers to collect your traded in items and unbox, setup and calibrate your new equipment.

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