Discussion in 'Vinyl Nutjob World: Turntable and Related Gear' started by purr1n, Sep 10, 2019.
He didn’t, but that wasn’t the question I asked in the HeadFi thread.
It's alive (again). https://www.schiit.com/products/sol
Keeping this low key, given all that's going on. No press releases, introductory sales, or fanfare. But it's back.
I also expect Tyler and Amy will be sending an email to the beta testers, letting them know about the mats and such. Please email [email protected] if you have additional questions on the beta program.
Just bought! Looking forward to it.
I was quite upset that I wasn't able to get in on the original release, and by the time I was able to they were already pulled. I just ordered one as well!
Good to see it's back. Will we see additional tonearms available for sale as well?
Eventually. Let us get our feet under us first.
Has anybody compiled all the changes between beta and gamma/RC/gold? Not really necessary, I'm just intrigued.
(and, i hope the humor of an analog turntable's release following SW/HW milestones isn't lost on folks.)
The Sol is now ready for prime time. Jason said spare arms will be available soon.
Manufacturing and QA on arm needle bearings (so no binding)
Set screw on arm counterweight on top (ease of use)
Properly set platter height and other setup from factory with cartridge option
Manufacturing and QA and install techniques for platter / bearing (so no platter wobble)
Motor pod base (greater stability)
Proper clearance for bigger carts on tonearm
Anti-skate weights with proper thinner gauge line and pre-tied (ease of use)
Manufacturing and QA on mat (so circular and centered)
Increased clearance under headshell to accommodate longer carts.
Missing: Center weight with Schiit symbol on top. So I can chuck it at the nearest ASR r/headphones objectivist.
Good call on providing a tone arm already installed with a cartridge on new sales of the Sol.
I've used the AT95E for a few years now and IMO it punches way above it's weight class.
There seems to be some confusion as to which cart is included. Is it the old AT95E or the VM95EN? The site says AT95EN for some reason but Jason mentioning microlinear and Shibata seems to mean its the VM95EN
It's the VM95EN.
Phew that's good, I already ordered the C and the E for the well worn and less than perfect albums I have. My Sol is showing to be delivering on Sunday and I'm really looking forward to it!
I need to start setting aside some money for this. It a big buy, but I've been waiting to get one and Im really hoping it will be the last TT I ever need.
I dropped 2k on a vinyl nirvana Thorens TD-125 Mk ii with a Jelco Tk-850 arm and VTA on the fly adjustment, then picked up the Sol shortly thereafter. The Sol is the only one that gets used now, and the Thorens is a beautiful dust magnet. I hope you're very happy with yours. I love mine.
I'll be ordering one of these very soon, by the end of next week, and I'm very very excited about it. I have been drooling over this table ever since I first saw photos of it and realized the performance potential.
I am nervous about one issue, and that's the leveling of the table. Since Sol doesn't have adjustable feet, and since my table sits on a record shelf, which sits on an uneven floor, I need to have some way of height adjusting the table or record shelf. The current way it's setup is that the record shelf (Ikea 4x2) sits directly on the carpet. On top of that, I have a ~1.25 ft^2 layer of this 'shark tooth' stall mat (the 'shark tooth' stuff on the bottom is amazing for isolation, this was a leftover piece from when we bought a bunch of stall mat to isolate our lab equipment). On top of the stall mat, there is a thick, heavy, polished, and beautiful slab of granite. It weighs somewhere around 40-50 lbs. The turntable sits directly on top of the granite. I'm pretty proud of the level of isolation I can achieve between these two--probably overkill, actually--especially given that I got both pieces free. The stall mat is difficult to see in the photo because it's recessed from the edge of the shelf a little bit, but you can also see how much the feet need to be adjusted to get the platter level. The shelf dips at 1.1 degrees down to the front and 0.5 degrees off to the left.
What would people recommend for leveling? Adjustable feet for the Ikea record shelf? Adjustable feet between the granite and stall mat? Apply some adjustable feet to the bottom of Sol's feet? I'd considered getting a height-adjustable platform for the table to put on top of the granite, but aesthetically I prefer to have the table sitting directly on the granite.
Here is what I did.
Schiit Sol- The Next Great Turntable?
The Ikea 'Eket' legs are screw-adjustable for leveling:
Might not be ideal under your cabinet, as it sits on carpet rather than a hard floor. I put mine directly under the TT shelf with a sorbothane pad on each foot, but as you say you'd prefer not to do that.
If the feet are attached by 4-40 screws, could I just find some adjustable spikes that have a 4-40 thread and stick them in there in place of the screw? It's hard to tell exactly what's going on and what's possible just from photos, so I appreciate the input
edit: Also, I could definitely use those Ikea feet on the record shelf. Sure, the shelf itself sits on the carpet, but given the level of isolation achieved by the stall mat and granite combo, I wouldn't be too worried
I see no reason 4-40 spikes wouldn't work even better. I just happened to have the standoffs on hand.
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