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In Reply to: RE: define 'older SOTA' posted by digepix on July 24, 2020 at 09:43:34
I still have a Delphi mk2 that I got from the owner of the dealer who had the Sota, but that Star Sapphire was quite impressive. I shook the rack that it was sitting on and watched the platter stay perfectly still while everything around it moved. It was the non-vacuum one.
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If it was a non vacuum it was a Sapphire the vacuum made it the Star. The Delphi was nice but I heard they were harder to set up. The SOTA is a set it and forget it turntable. We have similar tastes in equipment although my stuff is mid 90's vintage. I would like to try tubes again with the Vandersteens I had an Audible Illusions 2D preamp with Dyna Mk.III on a pair of 2C Vandersteens when I started. Maybe Quicksilver Mid Mono's.
I swear I saw the word STAR on there but I could be wrong. It had that orange/yellow acrylic mat and gold metal platter. Maybe I don't understand what's involved in the setup of my own table. All I do is adjust the feet so the bubble level is centered. I haven't done anything else with it. I swapped back in my tube amp and now have a total of 16 tubes with every piece on, and little computer fans blowing on some of it because it's in a partially enclosed rack. It's making my already too warm upstairs bedroom even warmer :-(
One way to tell there's a lip on the platter for the vacuum. It could also be a conversion where they add the vacuum to a Saphirre. It maybe changing things like arms or springs that are hard. Tubes are nice with Vandersteens but I'm in a small NY apartment so I don't need the heat.
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