Yes, SME has always included cables with this arm. It's even on the website
Capacitance 140.0 pF per channel
Resistance 0.145 ohms per conductor"
My SME 309 came with one!
I went through the same thing about 20 years ago. Bought a new IV.Vi through a local dealer and there was no cable in the box. My type III came with a cable, and I approached my dealer and complained. His response was that cables were no longer included. He was nice enough, however, to give me an SME cable that he had in the shop.
I understand that SME is under different management.....probably looking for addition profit.
The SME IV.Vi was an arm made for SUMIKO when they were the distributors. From what I know that arm did not include a cable, but all other SME arms came with a cable.
OK, thanks for the responses.
Can anyone attest to the sound quality of the stock SME cable vs. third party cables?
I can find an SME cable for around $100 second hand but third party cables are all 3-4 times that or more. If I have to buy a cable I'd like to have some idea of what the bang for the buck factor is in upscale cables.
SME IV.Vi was an arm made for SUMIKO when they were the distributors.
From what I know that arm did not include a cable, but all other SME
arms came with a cableAccording to SME, the arm comes with a cable. I provided a link to the SME
that states this quite clearly. (See above.)
SME did supply the Van den hul (VDH D 501) DIN connector tonearm cable with all their arms. Maybe they don’t include it anymore. You should Email them for an answer!
I purchased one about 6 moths ago and it came with a cable.
It's a tight fit in there. So some din connectors won't fit or the orientation is not correct. When I had a SME 20 I used a Hovland Phono cable and it had a Cardas DIN.
The folks at Kimber can easily make you a tonearm Cable for the SME 4.5. Note the that the standard cable configuration makes the cable end come out at a horizontal plane to the table, it need be oriented at either 3 or 9 o'clock (cannot remember, will update once I check my files) to make the cable protrude downwards. Graham tonearms are opposite to get the cable to exit downwards.
Best of Luck
I am pleased with the Audio Sensibility balanced cable. Call and speak with Stephen Huang directly and he will give you a precise answer.
I did order the Audio Sensibility cable, arriving this week.
Thanks again for the help!