SOTA Sapphire TurnTables

4.3/5 (10 Reviews)


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kevin (music lover) a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: April 13, 2008

Bottom Line:   
I purchased this table on ebay it came with ft-3 tonearm w/vta adj.and no power supply it arrived in seemingly new condition(as described)w/grado 8mx and no instructions.I found a toll free # ordered power supply(a little pricy, but this is a specialty item)and was sent set up instructions via email by friendly rep later I called with with a silly question and spent nearly an hour talking to a rep who really steared me in the right direction in terms of bang for buck set up I thought I would get the guy in trouble for spending so much time on the phone with some one who really wasnt interested in making a purchase and ended the call out of concern ,Turns out boath the "reps" actually own the company and seem to share my (our) passion for music. Table is now set up with benz lo-4 (550.00 on agon) and audioquest sapphire tone arm cable (for now)(40.00 on ebay) This thing sounds really nice, has never skipped (never) and presents a really acceptable soundstage (I ran out of cash and one interconnect in chain is a 99cent variety!) opinions and impressions vary but I am pleased here and look forward to further degree of resolution that appropriate innterconnect can provide.This set up has enabled me to get my girlfriend open to all different types of music and artists she was sure she did not care for,and can relieve me of the stresses of the day better than any single malt scotch/ten dollar cigar session. I am connsistantly moved by the music and have brought my girlfriend (who thought i was delusional to buy a record player)up to speed on the strengths of anolog.I believe it only fair to point out that my preference is towards a somewhat laidback,romantic listen all day without fatigue sound not "sound effect testing " and this sota is agood fit for me I have heard several nice set ups (nothing over 10,000) and it is clear that no table ive heard sounds clearly superior (most had superior bachelor pad visual appeal though)all were alittle different and the people at sota helped me achieve the type of sound I described to a very satisfying degree to say the least. I am very difficult to please as to the sound of particular instruments namely drums,piano,violin to be brief i am very close to satisfid with everything but can say i now have the best sounding drums i have ever heard on a recording Its almost like Stuart Copeland is right outside an open window without personal guidence from the people at sota I'm certain these results would have eluded me as as the only motivation they had was to be hepful.I think Ive made my impression clear and thank you to Kirk and Donna at sota

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $625.00

Purchased At:   ebay



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bob Berryman a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 20, 2008

Bottom Line:   
Hi there,ive wanted one of these for a long time and had never heard one,Ive been using a Oracle=Alexandria with a zeta and supex combination.I was told Sota would be a better match for my arm,i thought it would have to be pretty good to beat the oracle.I have to say, if the alexandria is a class c,this has to be a class b,we are very happy,albums that were ok ,even forty year old ones,sound awesome,my stereo set up is now finnished,i believe.For $555 i think it would be close to being unbeatable,performance per dollar .

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $555.00

Purchased At:   Trademe



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steve a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 24, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I've used this turntable for 3 years. I've only compared it to what I currently own: Thorens 125MKII/MMT, Thorens 126-III,
Micro-Seiki DDX1000/Saec308, kenwood KD750
w/XK-50, all these tables are B++ condition. It's a very good table. I use it with the Sota clamp and have no complaints. Any descriptions between the Micro and Sota is spitting hair unless you can hear very miniscule differences. However, it was a few cuts above the rest. The arm is the Linn Basik but today I just picked up a NOS SME-III, I'm gonna use it with the Blue-Pt nude. I'll tell you about it in a few weeks.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Lover's Audio



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike P a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: January 21, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I have been using this table for 19 years now. I got the table in a...well...strange sale in a parking lot in 1983 or so.
The first thing that I noticed on hooking it up was the amazing transparancy compared to my Transcriptor of the time. The bass was deep and tight and the highs nicely extended. The mids sounded like several layers of blankets between me and the music had been removed. I have no idea what the earlier (negative) poster was talking about; tho it is hard to get just right there was no adjustment I could make to get it to sound bad! And once set it stays put..barring any gravitational variances in your neighborhood......
The second thing I noticed is that no matter how loud I played the music I could not get accustical feedback from this table. Just as a joke I set the table ON a subwoofer and cranked it up...no feedback. Amazing. My CD player (all of them in fact) gives up at about 120db. (I know its not music anymore at that volume....). Only way to get it to feedback was to use a sine wave at a multiple of the tone arms resonant freqency...at 120+db....and that required my putting the table right in front of the sub-woofer!
The third thing is that I went and listened to my entire record collection.....what a joy!
I have listened & played with Linns,they are a wonderful (at times almost magical) sounding table but geeze are they touchy. When all is said and done I believe that the SOTA is a more neutral (and certainly more stable) table than the Linn,but I think that the Linn is one of those products that add something special when all is just right.I do believe that they responded to the phase of the moon. My SOTA did have a hum problem caused by a stupid power supply placement,it was easily rectified by my building a regulated outboard power supply (cost $10). Later models came that way.
This table can easily show the differences between cartridges and tone arms,and record mats. In fact any sound I attribute to the table is really a error on my part...the table produces almost no sound of its own. I mean it..with a stethoscope I can hear nothing on the tone-arm plinth.
I have used a variety of tone-arms,from the Lustre,to various Sumiko's (fine arms for the buck),various unipivots, and SME's. I have avoided tweaky linear tracking arms as my friend's experiences led me to believe them to be more trouble than they are worth. I just want to play the darn record!
I do agree that the dust cover is really lame looking...but it was meant to be as accusticly dead as possible.
I am very happy with this table although it is no longer state-of-the-art now...the VPI's can beat it now...but who wants to spend another $5000+ for marginal improvement on a dead medium?

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Stereo stores parking lot......



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mike a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: September 12, 2001

Bottom Line:   
The sota blew away the linn that I used to have. when mated
to a good cartridge and arm this table extracts the music as
recorded. cartridges used , monster alpha2, benz glider low
output and dynavector karat 23. The arm alphason hr-100s-mcs

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1995

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   yard sale




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