The New Upgraded SOTA MILLENNIA™MK III






 Open Chassis Vacuum Turntable in Semi-Gloss Black with Cosmos Armboard and Reflex Clamp 



The SOTA COSMOS™ Series III Vacuum Turntable


Be the first to own SOTA's latest assault on the
State-Of-The-Art in LP playback equipment!


Series III Vacuum Turntable in High Gloss Black Acrylic or Custom Wood Finish with Cosmos Armboard and Reflex Clamp

Non-vacuum Version

 





The Series NOVA™
Vacuum Turntables



Series V Vacuum Turntable in Optional Standard Wood Finish with Cosmos Vinyl Format Platter, Composite Armboard and Reflex Clamp







The Series V (5) STAR™
Vacuum Turntable


Series V Vacuum Turntable in Optional Standard Wood Finish with Wood Armboard and Reflex Clamp






The Series V (5) SAPPHIRE™ Non-Vacuum Turntable



Series V Non-Vacuum Turntable in Optional Standard Wood Finish with Wood Armboard and I-Clamp







The Series V (5) JEWEL™
Non-Vacuum Turntables





Series V Non-Vacuum Turntable in Optional Standard Wood Finish with Wood Armboard





The SATELLITE™
Non-Vacuum Turntable



Series II Non-Vacuum Turntable in Optional Standard Wood Finish with Wood Armboard






COMET™



Series III Turntable with S300 Tonearm in Textured Satin Black or High-Gloss Black Acrylic Finish.

Series III Textured Turntable with S250 Tonearm in Textured Satin Black or High-Gloss Black Acrylic Finish.







MOONBEAM™

Gray Matrix or Dark Oak Laminate Non-Vacuum Turntable with Tonearm and Hinged Dust Cover


What Makes a SOTA Turntable so Special?
Sound Engineering.



A turntable must address and resolve all of the issues that affect ultimate performance, if it is to achieve the goal of bringing you closest to the musical experience.  The basic goal of achieving maximum information retrieval in turntable performance is one of controlling microscopic vibrations - a task that requires the utmost in engineering precision and comprehensive design.

The design objectives of Dynamic Stability (the control of forces present in a dynamic system), Environmental Isolation (the control of forces from "outside" the turntable’s world), Easy Set-up (guaranteed results in all situations), Control Over Vinyl Resonance and Variations, (which would otherwise undermine the performance of even the best turntables) and Control Over Power Line Impurities (which are present in all installations and result in sonic anomalies if not controlled), are all addressed in the design of the SOTA line of precision turntables.

The SOTA Platter

All SOTA models use the same basic platter design. It is a very sophisticated, unified record suspension system utilizing SOTA’s "Constrained-Mode" design theory. This theory integrates alternate layers of hard and soft materials to make internally damped sandwiches that cause the transmission of unwanted vibrations away from the stylus/record/platter interface. The top layer of the platter is an acrylic material, impedance-matched to the vinyl record. A special damping material isolates the mat from the platter, a one-piece cast aluminum frame integrated with a variety of special damping materials. To achieve maximum flywheel effect (for speed consistency), 60% of the platter’s mass is concentrated on the outside edge. To further enhance the flywheel effect, the platter is driven off its outside edge by its high-tech, precision cast, low-tension belt. And finally, each platter is individually precision-balanced at the factory while fitted to its bearing.

Unlike virtually every other turntable in the world, the SOTA platter’s pivot point turns at its center of gravity, thanks to the unique Inverted Bearing Design. This design ensures stability, balance and extreme consistency over time, as well as totally eliminating the forces that cause the wobble and wear that come with age on other turntables. Located at the very center of gravity on the SOTA platter is the synthetic Sapphire crystal thrust plate (ground to one wavelength of light accuracy), which balances the platter and rotates on a chrome steel ball bearing. Sapphire, second only in hardness to diamond, keeps friction to an absolute minimum. It doesn’t deform, it keeps the contact area extremely low, and has MUCH better wear characteristics than steel. (On the SOTA NOVA, COSMOS and MILLENNIA turntable, the Zirconium ball bearing is used.  Zirconium is a super-high-strength space age ceramic, manufactured using an iso-static pressure process, creating a fracture-resistant and wear resistant material.) Thus, the SOTA platter achieves the design goal of Dynamic Stability, as well as long-term, maintenance-free dependability.

The SOTA Floating Seismic Platform

The lofty goal of Environmental Isolation resulted in the development of SOTA’s unique sub-chassis system, the Seismic Platform. Environmental Isolation means isolating the moving platter from all the physical and mechanical threats (footfalls, room resonance, air-borne waves, etc.) that will ultimately disrupt the retrieval of the information contained in the record grooves.

Key to the SOTA floating seismic platform is the theory of basic mechanics that tells us that the motion of a moving mass will be most constant when supported by the inertia of a greater mass. In the SOTA turntables, the 12 pound platter is successfully isolated from the environment because of the enormous mass of the 22-pound sub-assembly. To further enhance isolation, the sub-chassis is constructed of self-damping materials (again, constrained-mode construction techniques), with lead providing mass and energy sinking. Each sub-chassis is individually balanced at the factory, complete with its matching platter attached.

The unique SOTA turntable sub-chassis is then hung from a four-point spring suspension (spring utilized on the Sapphire, Star, Nova and Cosmos), giving it all the stability of four pendulums at rest. The four springs are damped to absorb high frequencies and decoupled from the sub-chassis to minimize energy transfer, fixing the suspension frequency at 2.5 Hz. By "hanging" the sub-chassis on springs, gravity stabilizes all external energies due to the centering tendency of the pendulum motion, rather than pulling the mass off center as is the case in the typical "compressed" spring suspension. With a four point suspension (made of four springs placed equi-distant from the center of gravity) and four equal masses (one of which is the adjusted mass* of the tonearm), the SOTA turntables offer a level of stability that can only be achieved with a constantly-balanced- mass system. No matter the tonearm, mass is constant, motion is predictable, and the end result is once again a system that achieves our goal of Dynamic Stability.


* Mass of tonearm plus added lead shot

The SOTA Drive System

All SOTA turntables employ a super-accurate, double-regulated synthesized sine-wave drive system to run an ultra-high efficiency, high-torque AC synchronous motor. The result is sufficient torque to start the heavy platter, plus exceptional speed stability regardless of the power company’s voltage or frequency fluctuations. The ultra-low loss motor insures long life and cool operation, and is run at low power to minimize invasive energy. The use of the synthesized sine-wave drive also allows the SOTA turntables to include adjustable pitch control, and to switch from 33 RPM to 45 RPM with the push of a button.

Finally, each precision, hand-assembled drive system is topped with a polished, low profile pulley, each individually balanced at the factory, driving a precision cast, long-life, low-tension belt.

SOTA Set-up Versatility=Guaranteed Results

Unlike most every turntable design which adjusts Spring Tension to adjust for various tonearm-assembly weights, the SOTA turntables adjust mass, a far simpler and vastly more predictable method of set-up. The SOTA turntable set-up allows you to vary the mass of the system to compensate for the mass of the arm (much like balancing a tire for your car). By maintaining a constant mass, the unknown variable of tonearm mass has now become a predictable constant. And since the entire system’s mass remains constant, damping and isolation are controlled and predictable. The SOTA suspension follows the physics principle that mass at a stable rest will tend towards stability after excited or moved.

Because the mass on each spring is constant, the turntable’s setup will not vary with time, and all springs will age at a constant rate. By having the suspension factory-fixed and the mass adjusted to accommodate a wide range of tonearms, the end user is assured that his/her SOTA can be set-up quickly and easily, and will replicate the performance levels achieved in lab and reviewer tests.

Resolving The Unknown Of The Vinyl Disc

SOTA turntables seek ultimate control over vinyl resonance and variations – with a goal of making the stylus "think" that it is tracking a record far thicker and with virtually infinite damping. Functionally, the LP should "merge" with the platter. This goal requires both an ultimate mat and an ultimate clamping system.

The SOTA acrylic Supermatä utilized on the JEWEL, SAPPHIRE and STAR platters, provides the rigid, flat surface necessary to flatten vinyl warps and damp spurious energy. The mat also provides an excellent impedance match to the vinyl LP, allowing the record to effectively merge with the platter system. To fully realize this effect, a clamping system is required to assure intimate contact between the record and the mat over its entire surface. The precision SOTA I-Clamp™ or Reflex Clamp™ are available accessories for all  SOTA turntables and represent the ultimate mechanical clamping systems.

The SOTA NOVA, COSMOS and MILLENNIA turntable improves upon the Supermat’s goals by utilizing the Vinyl-Format Matä . Slightly softer than the acrylic Supermat, this one-piece, massive "vinyl-mimic" mat is a near perfect interface and impedance match to the LP. Internally damped during an elaborate and expensive manufacturing process, this multi-layer, precision-molded mat provides un-matched record coupling and record and platter damping.

To carry this theory to its logical conclusion, the SOTA STAR, NOVA, COSMOS and MILLENNIA turntables employ the ultimate clamping system: Vacuum Hold-down. Utilizing the same principles of record hold-down used for the creation of LP masters, the SOTA vacuum system is a marvel of engineering excellence. Employing a proprietary system, the SOTA vacuum hold-down system is a self-sensing, low-pressure vacuum system, utilizing state-of-the-art electronic sensing devices to allow only the amount of vacuum pressure necessary to hold and maintain the record securely to the platter. With the SOTA vacuum hold-down system, the turntable acts as if it is playing a record of virtually infinite mass and damping, totally free of the vinyl resonance that undermine the performance of other high-quality turntables.


Dealing With Power Line Variations

SOTA discovered back in the mid-80’s that turntable motors are incredibly sensitive to disturbance in the AC power. Typical AC power problems include RFI noise and spikes on the line, as well as voltage and frequency instability. The SOTA Electronic Flywheelä with its unique filter circuits (included in the power supply of the STAR, NOVA, COSMOS and MILLENNIA turntables), acts as a buffer to all these outside noises and fluctuations. Due to the low current application, the Electronic Flywheel’s super-fast and dynamic regulator circuits are able to deliver only pure DC voltage to the motor system. And the Electronic Flywheel circuits are always on. To insure that the drive system is warm and fully charged the moment the turntable is turned on.






MUSIC HALL

"Stereophile Recommended Component!"

MUSIC HALL MMF-2.1 



MSRP $499.00
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 MMF-2.1 TURNTABLE SPECIFICATIONS

Features:

Gorgeous piano black or Ferrari Red finish
Special vibration damping foot
One piece alloy tonearm for superb tracking ability
Low noise fully manual belt-drive design
Separately isolated asynchronous motor with two-speed (33/45rpm) pulley
Music Hall Tracker moving-magnet phono cartridge with replaceable elliptical stylus
The cartridge supplied is properly aligned and mounted
High precision stainless steel and bronze bearing assembly for quiet fluid operation
Alloy platter and felt mat
Excellent instruction manual
Quick and easy to assemble Dimensions
High quality gold RCA connectors W17 x D13 x H4.5in.
Dust cover and 45rpm adaptor Weight: 17 lbs. pkg




MUSIC HALL  5.1 SE


MSRP $875.00
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 The music hall mmf-5.1 turntable is a 2-speed belt driven audiophile turntable employing the unique dual-plinth construction
 originated by music hall. The distinctive design isolates the critical sound reproducing components; platter, main bearing, tonearm,
and cartridge on the top platform from the motor, switch, wiring, and feet which are mounted on the bottom platform. Viso-elastic
cones separate the two platforms and provide vibration damping. The mmf-5.1 comes complete with cartridge mounted.


Features

Music Hall’s unique dual-plinth construction
Gorgeous high-gloss Piano Black Lacquer finish
Top tier one piece alloy tonearm with flexible internal wire drawn from high purity copper
Counterweight’s center of gravity is level with the stylus tip is decoupled from the arm and acts as a resonance damper
Separately isolated asynchronous motor with two-speed (33/45rpm) pulley
Goldring 1012GX moving magnet phono cartridge ($300 value) with replaceable fine line Gyger II diamond stylus. The cartridge
 supplied is properly aligned and mounted
Precision stainless steel main bearing sheathed in Teflon for noise-free fluid operation
Dynamically balanced alloy platter with soft felt mat and screw-on record clamp
High quality gold RCA connectors and detachable phono cable
Special vibration damping adjustable foot and round spirit level
Low noise fully manual belt-drive design
Excellent instruction manual and easy assembly
Dust cover and 45rpm adaptor


Dimensions

W18.25 x D13.25 x H5.5 in.
Weight: 24 lbs. pkg.



MUSIC HALL MMF-5.1 SE
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MSRP $1,094.00
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NEW & Improved for 2007! Now with M7 Tonearm (the same tonearm used on the MMF-7 Turntable), RCA Junction Box and dynmically balanced alloy platter!

The Music Hall MMF-5.1 SE is a special edition of the best selling MMF-5.1 turntable. It sports a real wood walnut veneered plinth, sorbothane between both plinths and adjustable tip-toe feet!

The Music Hall MMF-5.1 SE is now new & improved for 2007! The MMF-5.1 SE features the M7 tonearm which is used in the more expensive MMF-7 Turntable, an RCA Junction Box, a dynamically balanced alloy platter, special vibration dampening feet and a unique dual-plinth design which features viso-elastic vibration dampening cones to isolate plinths. The MMF-5.1 SE comes with the Spriit level, a record clamp and the Goldring GL2400 Cartridge!

The MMF-5.1 SE is a split-plinth design in which the motor is mounted directly to the bottom plinth and the "arm" and platter bearing are mounted to the top plinth. Isolation from those nasty vibrations which cloud the music's details is greatly reduced by this design compared to competitor's tables with the motor mounted to the same plinth as the "arm" and platter bearing. Add in the M7 tonearm (the same tonearm used on the MMF-7 Turntable) and Goldring GL2400 cartridge upgrades, and the addition of a record clamp and you have an analog front end in the MMF 5.1 which is hard to top!

The Music Hall MMF-5.1 SE Turntable is a 2-speed, belt driven turntable with many singular features. The MMF-5.1 SE has an original and unique 2-plinth design with six rubber springs separating the bottom platform from the top. This gives the turntable an extra level of isolation. The special vibration dampening feet, 2-speed synchronous motor, switch, wiring and electrical parts are on the bottom plinth while the critical sound reproducing components, the bearing, arm and cartridge are mounted on the top platform. The glass platter and felt mat sit on a high quality, stainless steel ball bearing sheathed in Teflon providing fluid and noise-free operation. The bearing assembly comes pre-charged with lubricant. A metal screw-on record clamp is standard equipment on the MMF-5.1 SE as is the round spirit level.

The Music Hall MMF-5.1 SE features an RCA Junction Box instead of the permanent capture hard wiring that the MMF-5 had. This allows you to use the provided interconnects or any type of interconnect cable of your choosing!

The tonearm comes mounted with a high quality Goldring GL2400 moving magnet cartridge. The Music Hall MMF-5.1 SE is easy to assemble and comes with an excellent instruction manual and 45 rpm adapter.

Features numerous upgrades from the basic MMF-5.1:
Rosenut Real-Wood Veneer Plinth
Sorbothane Vibration Damping Pods between the two plinths

New Features for the MMF-5.1 SE Turntable:
M7 Tonearm (this is the same tonearm used on the MMF-7 Turntable!)




MUSIC HALL MMF-7.1

MSRP $1,494.00
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NEW & Improved for 2007! Now with Carbon Fiber M9 Tonearm!

Music Hall's MMF-7.1 turntable combo is now new & improved for 2007! The Music Hall MMF-7.1 turntable is 2-speed belt-driven, audiophile quality turntable with many unique features. It is constructed using a split-plinth design and features an external motor. The MMF-7.1 comes in a high gloss, black piano lacquer finish.

NEW features include:
Carbon Fiber M9 tonearm (this is the same arm that comes with the MMF-9!)
Gold-plated RCA phono sockets
Higher grade phono cable
Removable Dustcover

The Split Plinth:
The plinth has three adjustable spiked feet and comes with a set of small discs (cups). The discs prevent marking of the surface of the supporting shelf. A spirit level is incorporated on the top platform.

The two platforms of the plinth are separated by four Sorbothane hemispheres, which act as a suspension and isolation system. External phono sockets are attached to the bottom platform. A high quality interconnect is supplied.

The Motor:
The motor is 12 volt AC and comes with an external power supply. The motor rests in a cutout on the front, left quadrant of the turntable. It is completely isolated from the table and sports a blue LED. Placing the motor diagonally opposite the arm reduces any vibrations caused by the belt from entering into the cartridge. Any vibrations would be absorbed along the length of the arm thus bypassing the stylus (The stylus moves from left to right, not front to back).

The Platter:
The belt runs round the perimeter of the acrylic platter. Acrylic was chosen for it's superior sound quality and isolation properties. A screw-on record clamp and felt mat are supplied as standard.

The Arm:
The Project Nine Tonearm has a headshell and shaft drawn from one piece of aluminum tube. The bearings are made from hardened stainless steel points set in sturdy ring cages. The Counterweight's center of gravity is level with the stylus tip. It is decoupled from the arm and acts as a resonance damper. The arm also has adjustable VTA, a damped arm lift and highly flexible internal wiring drawn from high purity copper.

The Cartridge:
The MMF-7.1 comes standard with a Goldring Eroica, High Output Moving coil Cartridge. The Eroica H was chosen for its low mass, high rigidity body, rare earth Neodymium magnet and its Gyger II line contact stylus. It is a perfect compliment to the Audiophile qualities of the MMF-7.1.

Includes: 1 year manufacturer warranty.

Eroica H Cartridge Specifications:
Frequency Response: 20Hz-22kHz±3dB
Channel Balance: 1dB max. @ 1kHz
Channel Separation: 25dB @ 1kHz
Sensitivity: 2.5mV±1dB, 1kHz @ 5 cm/sec
Static Compliance: 18mm/N
Equivalent tip mass: 0.6 mg
Vertical Tracking Angle: 20°
Stylus Radius: Gyger II
Stylus Type: Non-Replaceable
Load Resistance: 47,000 Ohm
Load Capacitance: 100-500pF
Internal Inductance: 0.2 mH
Internal Resistance: 77 Ohm
Cartridge Weight: 5.5g
Fixing Centre: 0.5” (12.7mm)
Playing Weight: 1.5-2.0g (1.7g nom.)



MUSIC HALL MMF-9.1

MSRP $1,994.00 w/o phono cartridge
MSRP $2,194.00 w/ eroica LX MM phono cartridge
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NEW & Improved for 2007!

NEW features Include:

New one-piece carbon fiber tonearm
Gold-plated RCA phono sockets
Higher grade phono cable
Removable Dustcover

The new MMF-9.1 turntable is Music Hall's flagship model! The Music Hall MMF-9.1 is a 2-speed belt driven audiophile turntable with a unique three-plinth design using four Sorbothane springs between each plinth. This distinctive design isolates the critical sound reproducing components; platter, main bearing tonearm and cartridge on the top platform from the adjustable tip-toe feet, electronic speed control and wiring which are mounted on the bottom platform.

The motor is external and is isolated on its own vibration damping base and completely decoupled from the turntable. The motor features an electronic speed control that will run the motor at 50Hz instead of 60Hz. (A slower motor runs more quietly).

The acrylic platter is 1" (25mm) thick sitting on an incredibly quiet, inverted ceramic bearing. Sorbothane hemispheres separate each of the three plinths and provide additional vibration damping. The Music Hall MMF-9.1 features a carbon fiber version of the acclaimed Project 9.1 arm, the Project Carbon.

Music Hall MMF-9 Features:


Music Hall's unique triple-plinth construction
One piece carbon fiber tonearm with flexible internal wire drawn from high purity copper
Counterweight's center of gravity is level with the stylus tip is decoupled from the arm and acts as a resonance damper
Completely isolated/decoupled electronic speed controlled (33/45rpm) 50Hz motor. The motor sits in the front left corner of the turntable thus eliminating all vibration from the belt to the cartridge
Inverted ceramic main bearing for super quiet fluid operation
Non-resonant 1" thick acrylic platter
High quality gold RCA connectors with detachable phono cable
Adjustable tip-toe feet with anti-scratch cups
Low noise fully manual belt-drive design
Removable Dustcover, 45rpm adaptor, and spirit level
Excellent instruction manual and easy assembly
1 year manufacturer warranty.




Discover the magic









Walker Proscenium Black Diamond III


Introducing the Proscenium Black Diamond III Turntable
We had no intention of upgrading or changing the Proscenium Black Diamond II turntable.  It is already considered one of the best in the world.  We thought we had achieved the pinnacle of analog playback possibilities.  We were wrong.
 
Over the years, we have continued to improve different aspects of the Proscenium turntable.  One area of the turntable had remained essential unchanged was the turntable air suspension chambers – the chambers that support the weight of the turntable and isolate it from the equipment rack.  We began to experiment with ways to use lower pressure in the turntable air suspension chambers as a way of extending the life of the air chamber pods.  We didn’t expect the dramatic effect that a separate isolated air supply using lower pressures would have on the sound. 
The result was amazing.  We found the perfect pressure for isolation, rigidity and resonance control.  We also discovered the ideal material to couple the air suspension pods to our Prologue Top Shelf.  Just this change in itself was a major breakthrough.  Together, the changes to the air pressure system  and the new coupling material result in a musical presentation that is truly phenomenal.
 
I never believed recorded music could sound this real.  In my opinion and the opinions of others who have heard the change, it is clearly a 30% to 50% improvement.  The sound is so real that it will leave you in a trance. It is jaw-droppingly good.  As one audiophile said, “this is a game-changer”. The results not only improve the sound, but the lower pressure will extend the life of the air chamber pods indefinitely.
 
If you are interested in playing LPs, I strongly recommend that you make an appointment to hear the new Proscenium Black Diamond III turntable.
 
If you already have a Proscenium Black Diamond turntable, contact us to find out how to upgrade your turntable to the Black Diamond III.  ​