The job of any turntable is simply to rotate a record
at precise speed with a total absence of extraneous vibration and noise.
However, during the record playing process, every part of a turntable
is subject to a variety of internally and externally caused vibrations.
To deal effectively with the distortions caused by these vibrations,
each distortion-generating mechanism must be addressed and resolved if
it is to achieve the goal of bringing you closest to the musical
The Series II MOONBEAM carefully
identifies and addresses each variable that undermines pure signal
retrieval. The result is an elegant and cost-effective solution of the
highest quality. Hand-crafted with care in the USA by one of the
world's leading turntable manufacturers, SOTA turntables achieve an
unmatched level of neutrality and accuracy and have rightly garnered
their position as one of the world's best.
The main platter, as well as the
sub-platter, utilized on the Series II MOONBEAM is made of a special
high-density polymer. The special high-density polymer,
precision-machined platter is virtually inert and is therefore
extraordinarily effective in dissipating the resonant energy generated
by the record-playing process, without the substantial costs of a
properly damped aluminum platter system. The unique platter design is
responsible for the superb fidelity yet affordable price. To further
neutralize the resonant LP, an energy damping interface mat in added to
the thick Plexiglas main platter.
The spindle/bearing assembly of
the MOONBEAM is a state-of-the-art design, and one of the keys to their
outstanding performance. Once again, SOTA has turned to the performance
advantage of polymers. The bearing cup is manufactured of a high-tech
material called Turcite™. Turcite™ is a Teflon-impregnated,
self-lubricating polymer designed specifically for ultra-precise bearing
applications, and is ideally suited to the turntable spindle/bearing
function. In turn, the bearing has a nearly unlimited life and is
significantly quieter than even the most expensive and precise
metal-to-metal bearing assembly.
The drive system of the MOONBEAM
consists of a sub-platter driven by a 24-pole AC synchronous motor
designed for ultra-precise computer use. AC motors have the advantage of
suffering no speed drift over time, making them ideally suited for
precision turntable use. The motor drives a precision-ground, low
tension belt which provides a vibration-free drive system for the
rotating assembly of the turntable. The MOONBEAM is equipped for both 33
and 45 RPM speeds.
The chassis of the Series II
MOONBEAM continues the design theme of isolation from noise and spurious
vibrations. Environmental isolation means isolating the moving platter
from all the physical and mechanical threats (footfalls, room
resonances, air-borne waves) that will ultimately disrupt the retrieval
of the information. The MOONBEAM accomplishes this task by way of its
solid layering of an internally damped chassis, which effectively
isolates the turntable system. Additionally, the MOONBEAM utilizes
special energy-absorbing leveling feet to further damp vibrations.
Furniture-quality wood veneer enhances this newly designed Series II
MOONBEAM. Standard finish options include natural, dark or black oak,
American cherry and American walnut.
SOTA's easy set-up and versatility
means a guarantee that your SOTA can be set-up quickly and simply, and
will replicate the performance levels achieved in lab and reviewer
tests. The SOTA S100 precision tonearm is a straight, fixed-head tonearm
with internal damping. This design offers maximum rigidity, optimal
coupling of cartridge to arm, and minimizes spurious resonances.
Every SOTA Turntable employs the
same concept of comprehensive design and hand-crafted excellence. And,
all SOTA turntables have a lifetime trade in value. Consequently, your
investment in a SOTA turntable will never become outdated or obsolete.
The Series II MOONBEAM is sure to provide dependable musical enjoyment
from the treasures in your LP collection at a very affordable price.
The COMET dustcover is available as an additional accessory.
To further enhance sound quality and keep within your budget, we
recommend using the SOTA I-Clamp. The I-Clamp will increase lower and
upper extension. You will notice that the sound stage improves and the
image becomes more coherent. In addition, the transient response will
improve and the sense of air around the instruments becomes more
|TECHNICAL DATA & SPECIFICATIONS
||Less than -65db unweighted
|WOW & FLUTTER
||Less than .1% RMS (DIN 45-507)
||33-1/3 and 45 RPM
||18 lbs. (12 kg)
||6" H, 18-1/4" W, 14-1/4 " D
|CARTRIDGE WEIGHT RANGE
||4 to 11 grams|