SOTA Moonbeam Series II Turntable
Available in Black, Cherry , Dark Oak, Natural Oak, Walnut
Picture shows Natural Oak
The Moonbeam dustcover is available as an additional accessory at £159.99.
The SOTA Moonbeam II is by far the least-expensive turntable in the SOTA line, and offers a great entry to the world of audiophile vinyl reproduction. This turntable utilizes special polymers for the chassis and belt-driven platter to keep vibrations and resonance super low at this price point. A synchronous AC motor drives the platter and provides the pace and timing unique to AC motors.
Speed changes are manual via belt adjustment on the pulley. The SOTA S100 tonearm does the job and can be mated to a wide range of cartridges. The Moonbeam II's pricing allows you to think about really looking up the cartridge product line of companies like Grado, Ortofon, Denon etc.
The SOTA Moonbeam II, like all audiophile turntables, was designed to get out of the way, and it is known for bringing out lots of low-level detail. You'll enjoy this turntable, and, if you really get bitten by the hi-fi bug, appreciate SOTA's lifetime trade-in policy.
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 experience.
The 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 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, utilised on the 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 aluminium platter system. The unique platter design is responsible for the superb fidelity yet affordable price. To further neutralises the resonant LP, an energy damping interface mat is 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 chassis of the 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 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 utilises special energy-absorbing levelling feet to further damp vibrations.
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 minimises spurious resonances.
Every SOTA Turntable employs the same concept of comprehensive design and hand-crafted excellence.