Welcome to the All-New SOTA
With Munich around the corner, we’ve decided to launch the website and move forward, while letting you know what we’ve been working on the past two years.
January 2nd of 2018, we moved from DeKalb, Illinois to Delavan, WI. We had been previously operating within our wood mill’s facilities and we needed more space to continue our growth pattern. Moving is never fun – especially in January in the Midwest! We managed to move the bulk of our operation without having too much production downtime.
Diving into 2018, the first project we took on was creating a licensing agreement with Phoenix Engineering to help us bring a new control system to SOTA turntables (and other manufacturer’s turntables that need a spot on power supply unit to drive their tables). The Condor and Roadrunner are now available through authorized SOTA dealers for aftermarket turntables and, of course, SOTA’s.
Simultaneously, our new Series 6 was launched with only word of mouth through Facebook. We’ve been busy upgrading and producing these tables over the past six months. Now, it’s time to make everything official and show off our new subchassis and electronics.
Series 6 electronics offer a choice between two motor systems. The dual synchronous AC motor control with new digital control board gives rock-solid performance and sound stability and utilizes the same motor that was used in the Series V Heritage Series tables. Your Series V SOTA turntable can easily be upgraded to this new control system.
You can also choose the Condor control system with Roadrunner tachometer. This combined with the new DC brushless motor utilizes bearings on top and bottom of the motor. Properly loaded, in-house, this motor has been giving the customers we’ve delivered to so far unbelievable results.
Sapphire, Nova, Cosmos platters now all come standard with two opposing magnets at the base of the platter and the top of the bearing block. This has eliminated the Sapphire disc and bearing at the top of our former “inverted bearing” design. While we still have utilize elements of our inverted bearing design, the elimination of the bearing eliminates a source of friction and possible vibration, making sure all you hear is the music.
The subchassis of the Sapphire and Nova are now made of phenolic resin, which provides a remarkably rigid, level plane while eliminating vibrations. An aluminum brace is mounted to the subchassis. This brace is .125” thick on the Sapphire and 1” on the Nova. The Cosmos subchassis is entirely made up of 1” aircraft grade 6061 aluminum.
Our goal of eliminating artifacts that can manifest themselves into the music continues daily in-house and we are excited to bring you our latest solutions.
As you can see, we’ve been up to quite a bit and we hope you enjoy our 2019 offerings!