Why wouldn't you put a little silicon in the trough?
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I had a SME V with Dyna XX2m1 and later on XX2m2. Both sounded beter with silicon damping. The sound is more controlled, with less stray noises and quieter between notes.
Even when I moved on from SME V to Basis Vector 4, silicon damping did bring a more precise sound which I prefer. By precise i mean no stray ringing or artificial notes extension caused by vibrations and resonance.
Dear Mikesmith: I use the V/IV with the XV-1 cartridge with good quality performance.
As contrary with an unipivot tonearm that always needs damping the SME V non unipivot design does not necessary needs.
After a precise cartridge/tonearm set up ( VTA/SRA/overhang/load impedance and the like. ) and after some hours of playback you can begin to try with different damping " levels " and decide in your system which damping level you need if any.
Regards and enjoy the music,