SOTA Sap­phire Se­ries V

SoundMag - - Review / Turntables -


The Se­ries V up­grade of this ven­er­a­ble David Fletcher clas­sic, thirty-years-old and get­ting younger with each new it­er­a­tion, boasts im­prove­ments in parts, en­gi­neer­ing, ma­chin­ing, fit ‘n’ fin­ish, and per­for­mance—all retrofitable to ear­lier ver­sions. Its time-proven four­point hang­ing sus­pen­sion is still the ul­ti­mate in iso­lat­ing the ’arm /pickup/ groove from ex­ter­nal dis­tur­bances. For PS, the Sap­phire is the least ex­pen­sive turntable in his ex­pe­ri­ence to reach the ech­e­lon of what the so-called “su­per-turnta­bles” are all about, sac­ri­fic­ing only a bit of ul­ti­mate res­o­lu­tion and con­trol, most of which you get back by adding vac­uum hold-down or by get­ting in­stead SOTA’s Star or Nova models, both of which are al­ready fit­ted with the vac­uum sys­tem. Rec­om­mended with­out qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

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