New Series lV Moonbeam with the S220 tonearm.
The Moonbeam has long been one of our favorite introductory level turntables. SOTA has made some substantial improvements to this new model. And the upgrades in the Series lV Moonbeam make it an even better place to begin your audiophile vinyl journey.
An improved aircraft grade aluminum pulley makes for even better speed accuracy and smoothness while playing 33 1/3 or 45 RPM
New 360 brass bearing cup sleeve. And hand matched stainless steel bearing shaft to bearing cup makes for smooth, vibration-less platter rotation. And you know that makes for great sound reproduction from you vinyl!
New brass feet and foot pads have been added to the Moonbeam bringing even better focus and detail to the sound signature!
Hear the enhanced soundstage from this great new version of the SOTA Moonbeam!
- Improved aircraft grade aluminum pulley with dual speed
- 360 Brass bearing cup sleeve
- Stainless steel bearing shaft hand-lapped to bearing cup
- Adjustable brass spike foot design with optional foot pad
- 220 Tonearm (Moonbeam)
- Five standard finish options: Natural Oak, Dark or Black Oak, American Cherry or Walnut
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
IV 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.
platter, as well as the
sub-platter, utilized on the
Series IV 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
chassis of the Series IV
MOONBEAM continues the
design theme of isolation
from noise and spurious
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
feet to further damp
veneer enhances this newly
designed Series IV 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 S220 precision tonearm is a straight, fixed-head
near frictionless movement. This design offers maximum
rigidity, optimal coupling of cartridge to arm, and minimizes spurious
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 IV MOONBEAM is sure to provide dependable musical
enjoyment from the treasures in your LP collection at a very affordable
MOONBEAM 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
obvious. The newly designed MOONBEAM/COMET Isolation Platform accessory
is an ideal environmental isolator for those who need further
segregation. Using our top-of-the line Cosmos Armboard design, the
Isolation Platform utilizes multi-layers of soft and hard metals coupled
with Lucite acrylic to isolate shock and vibration. With the use of
the platform, other environmental threats may be reduced and eliminated.