Markaudio-Sota Viotti One Loudspeaker

Markaudio-Sota Viotti One Loudspeaker

In 2014, Steve Cheng founded Sota Acoustics Limited, fulfilling a life long dream to design and manufacture high end audio equipment. Based in Hong Kong, Cheng set about to build a team that could produce high quality loudspeakers available for a reasonable price.

Like all strong leaders, Cheng chose a team of excellence he thought would deliver the goods, including Mark Fenlon, founder of Markaudio, designer/producer of high quality drivers and loudspeakers. Thus, Markaudio-Sota was born.

Design by committee can produce products full of limitations and regret. Space Shuttle, anyone? That said Markaudio-Sota (MAS) has taken pains, even in a relatively short time, to walk before they can run. The MAS lineup includes three loudspeaker 'families', Viotti, Cesti and Tozzi. Cesti has three models, Tozzi, two and our speaker in question, Viotti, one.

VPI Industries Prime Turntable

VPI Industries Prime Turntable

Recently, I had an unforeseen reason (disaster?) that offered me a chance to check out a new phono cartridge for my VPI Industries Scout turntable. Among the cartridges I focused on for review was the Grado Labs Statement v2 (reviewed here), but it was a much more serious and expensive cartridge than the one I had before (the very nice Ortofon 2M Black (MM)). As such it was considered by both Grado Labs and VPI Industries to be more suitable for a higher level turntable, so I used a Prime in my Grado review; I am grateful to VPI President Mat Weisfeld for allowing me access to the Prime for that review. Here, I review the Prime itself; after all, I have spent quite some time with it by now– and I am deeply impressed by it. A fine cartridge can’t show off unless it is mounted on a fine turntable, right?