“I found the Moonbeam slightly harmonically richer (especially in the upper-mids) than the Music Hall MMF-5. … I found it quiet in terms of surface noise (a commendable achievement at this price point), and music came from a background that was quite dark; I believe that contributed to its high level of detail retrieval.”
– Stephan Harrell, The Absolute Sound, Issue 135
Sota MOONBEAM Turntable
The Spindle/Bearing Assembly of the Sota MOONBEAM Turntable is a state-of-the-art design, and one of the keys to its 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 Sota MOONBEAM Turntable 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. The MOONBEAM is equipped for both 33 and 45 RPM.
The Chassis and Cabinet Damping System of the MOONBEAM 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 MOONBEAM turntable includes SOTA’s VLMT tonearm. A static-balance, straight-tube, fixed head design utilizing internal damping and precision cone and ball race bearings. This tonearm 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: 3/8″ thick Plexiglas; 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: 18 lb (8 kg)
- Dimensions: 6″ H (to top of dustcover), 17-1/2″ W, 14″ D