Dream Machines: SME Synergy turntable review
In our series showcasing high-end hi-fi to die for, Paul Rigby checks out an integrated belt-drive turntable that’s ready and waiting to deliver superior sonics, straight off the shelf… It’ll set you back a hefty £14,950 and is available here.
The Synergy is a stunning new turntable design from British company SME, in collaboration with leading audio specialists. It combines the legendary SME Series IV tonearm, Ortofon’s excellent MC Windfeld Ti cartridge and a phono stage by respected hi-fi business Nagra – all coupled with silver wire by Crystal Cable. Synergy’s chassis is machined from ‘aerospace’ aluminium and supported on four large polymer isolators inside adjustable feet, which allow for levelling while enhancing sound quality through isolation. It’s an attractive all-in-one solution, which doesn’t compromise audiophile necessities.
1. Alloy There
Machined from aluminium alloy and weighing over 4.6kg, Synergy’s platter is dampened with a bespoke Isodamp material.
2. Chrome Alone
A chrome-plated clamp is included with the Synergy.
3. Armed and Dangerous
Based on the SME Series IV, the tonearm uses the same one-piece pressure die-cast magnesium arm tube. Internal wiring is supplied by Crystal Cable.