Comet in Textured Black with standard RB 301 tonearm
Stereophile recommended, 2008 Absolute Sound Editors Choice Award.
“… produces considerable musical enjoyment for a modest investment.” -PositiveFeedback.com
Comet shown in the very popular High Gloss Acrylic Black – super cool, even if picture doesn’t show it very well!
“…an easy, authoritative presentation that’s warm, rich, and solid, with wide as well as nuanced dynamics, and a large 3-D soundfield.”
– 2008 Editor’s Choice Award, The Absolute Sound, Issue #185
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the SOTA Comet Turntable. This is a well-designed system and its parts and materials work in harmony to produce considerable musical enjoyment for a modest investment.”
“The quietness of the Comet never ceased to amaze me. I highly recommend the SOTA Comet Turntable for anyone who wants to get into vinyl and not have to be an engineer to get the most out of the experience!”
Stereophile Recommended Component, 2003/2004/2005
SOTA Comet Turntable
The Spindle/Bearing Assembly of the SOTA COMET Turntable is a state-of-the-art design, and one of the keys to it’s outstanding performance. 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.
The Drive System of the COMET consists of a high-density polymer sub-platter driven by a 24-pole AC synchronous motor originally designed for ultra-precise computer use. The motor drives a precision-ground, low-tension belt which provides a vibration-free drive system for the rotating assembly of the turntable is equipped for both 33 and 45 RPM.
The Chassis and Cabinet Damping System of the COMET continue the design theme of isolation from noise and spurious vibrations. Environmental isolation has been accomplished by way of a monolithic, massive internally dampened cabinet, which effectively isolates the turntable system. Additionally, special energy-absorbing leveling feet are utilized and incorporate a proprietary visco-elastic polymer pad to damp vibrations.
The SOTA COMET turntable includes the precision RB-301 tonearm, a one-piece, tapered arm-tube design which yields exceptional performance by offering maximum rigidity, optimal coupling of cartridge to arm, and cancellation of inner arm resonance. It utilizes precision ground bearings for minimal friction and exceptional durability. Also available for the COMET is the critically acclaimed Origin Live modified OL-1 tonearm which adds a specifically designed rear stub and counterweight of perfect geometry to maximize performance, and internal/external rewire. Each tonearm model offers adjustable anti-skating, damped cueing, and can accommodate a wide range of cartridges.
Turntables must control every issue that affects performance in order to faithfully reproduce what’s on the record. The basic goal, maximum information retrieval, is one of controlling microscopic vibrations – a task that requires the utmost in engineering precision and comprehensive design.
All SOTA precision tables accomplish the challenging task of controlling the forces within and from without the turntable such as vinyl resonance, acoustic vibration (from speakers) to impure power source thus allowing your tonearm/cartridge combination to achieve their maximum level of performance.
- Rumble: less than -65db unweighted (10cm/sec @ 1000Hz)
- Wow & Flutter: less than .1% (DIN 45-507)
- Platter: two layers of 3/8″ Plexiglas sandwiching energy absorbing dampening materials; interface mat is added to platter
- Motor: A/C synchronous
- Bearing: polished shaft on hardened chrome steel ball in Turcite spindle sleeve
- Transmission: belt driven
- Speeds: 33-1/3 and 45 RPM
- Weight: 26 lb (12 kg)
- Dimensions: 6-1/4″ H (to top of dustcover), 18-1/4″ W, 14-1/4″