SOTA debuts new Quasar Turntable

I have long found it kind of disappointing that just a handful of companies still manufacture turntables in the United States, but SOTA is a true survivor, having delivered their first turntables way back in 1979.

At AXPONA, SOTA co-owner Donna Bodinet (above) was displaying their new Quasar model (below), which moves the suspension-less Urban product series a few steps upmarket. At $2995 without arm, it employs a new three-phase AC synchronous motor controlled by the Condor PSU developed by SOTA in cooperation with Phoenix Engineering, Unusually, 78rpm speed is included in addition to 331/3 and 45.

An optional add-on tachometer called the Roadrunner is available for $595, which automatically measures and corrects the platter speed with each rotation. Armboards to accommodate various tonearms are available, or the Quasar can be supplied with a factory fitted Rega RB330 tonearm for an additional $675.

jimtavegia's picture

I have always liked the bases they make for their tables. You might think for $3k you could get a RB 250 arm????? Still, I'm sure owners will love it.

volvic's picture

They don’t make much noises in the papers and review mags, even though we know they’re still around as a company. I’ve heard their upper level models and love them. I wish them nothing but success.

jimtavegia's picture

Wish them well.

David Harper's picture

Really? You've "heard" their turntables? What specifically do turntables "sound like". And what would be the rational reason why?

volvic's picture

I think this topic is beyond your grasp.

ChrisS's picture

Something just fell out of David Harper's head...!

Let's see what it is...

Too late, it ran away!

ChrisS's picture

...of a Crosley?

JD85's picture

I loved my Sapphire/Alphason.

This new one is a beautiful turntable. I bet it sounds great - they have high standards.

Glotz's picture

And the sound was fantastic. I really like their move to get Phoenix Engineering a few years back. Their products are a perfect fit for them.