SOTA Comet turntable Specifications

Sidebar 2: Specifications

Description: Two-speed (331/3, 45rpm) belt-drive analog turntable with fixed LMT-II tonearm and dustcover. Wow and flutter: less than 0.1% (DIN 45-507). Rumble: less than –65dB unweighted (rel. 10cm/s at 1kHz).
Dimensions: 6¼" H by 18¼" W by 14¼" D. Weight: 26 lbs.
Price: $599. Options: Reflex Clamp, $150. (1993); no longer available (2017). Approximate number of dealers: 80.
Manufacturer: SOTA Industries, Lemont, IL 60439 (1993). SOTA Sales and Service Center, 436 E. Locust Street, DeKalb, IL 60115 (2017). Tel: (800) 772-SOTA or (608) 538-3500. Fax: (608) 538-3502. Web:

SOTA Sales and Service Center
436 E. Locust Street
DeKalb, IL 60115
(800) 772-SOTA

mmole's picture

I'm not sure why these historical reviews are included on the site. I guess it's fun to read about old gear and be shocked by the old prices but is that it? I'd appreciate some modern commentary that puts the review into some sort of historical context. If the original reviewer is still on staff, how about some updated thoughts? How does that old SOTA turntable compare to comparably priced (adjusted for inflation) models of today. Is it a classic? Would it be worthwhile to search out a used one? How has the state of the art changed since this model was introduced?

In other words, context please.

John Atkinson's picture
mmole wrote:
I'm not sure why these historical reviews are included on the site.

It's part of of our continuing project to eventually have every review from Stereophile's 55 years of publishing available on-line. From looking at the page-view data, these reviews are more popular than might be thought.

John Atkinson
Editor, Stereophile

mmole's picture

A database of 55 years of Stereophile reviews is wonderful. I support this effort 100%.

But when you do publish a review from the archives on the main page, it would be nice to see some commentary that puts the piece of gear in the context of its era and its place in audio history.

As always, your response to my initial query and your active participation with your readership is most appreciated.

mrkaic's picture

John, putting all reviews online is a splendid project. A great idea!



johnnythunder's picture

Love reading JGH's (and other great Stereophile writer's) thoughts on classic pieces of audiophile equipment. It's illuminating for a slew of reasons.

a.wayne's picture

I'm in the " vintage stuff is great " camp John , i do enjoy reading these old reviews , Bring them on ...