SME Model 15A review

SME has quite some pedigree. It was founded in 1946 and originally known as the Scale Model Equipment Company.

As the name implies, the company designed and manufactured intricate models for the exhibition and model engineering trade. It then expanded into producing precision aircraft parts for the likes of Rolls-Royce and Hawker. Even today, a large part of the business involves precision engineering for the medical, automotive, Formula 1 and aerospace industries.

This is no ordinary hi-fi company. Take the Model 15A out of its wooden crate and there’s no mistaking that fact.


If you’re the kind of person that loves engineering, you’ll love this deck. We can’t remember testing a turntable so well made or finished.

The styling and ‘black with more black’ finish won’t appeal to all, but there’s no denying the hewn-from-solid feel to the build. Or the feeling this is something that will still be working for your grandchildren.

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