The original Xerxes
launched in 1985 was one of the most important turntables of the eighties.
With advanced engineering techniques and radical solutions to address the
inherent problems suffered by other turntables, the Xerxes offered a more
enjoyable and accurate presentation of music.
Xerxes.20plus is the result of
20 years of research and development and refinement of the Xerxes based on Roksan's most advanced record player, the TMS2.
The elegance in engineering is
visible through the compact clean lines and robust construction of the
Xerxes.20plus's three plinths and triple layer isolation system. The hardened
tool steel spindle, the tungsten carbide ball and the two-piece solid
phosphor bronze housing, which is machined to an accuracy of 5 microns,
provide the unique self centering, self aligning true single point main
The arm board/cut-out (which
solves the inherent problems of a sprung sub-chassis and mass loaded designs)
is isolated and removable improving performance and aiding set up with
The top plinth prevents
vibration from reaching the record/cartridge interface. The sub-plinth which
supports the main bearing/platter assembly and the tonearm,
decouples the stylus/groove interface and isolates it from external
disturbances. The detachable armboard machined from
a billet of acetal provides a further level of
isolation with complimentary coupling between the tonearm
and the sub-plinth.
The Xerxes.20 can be fitted
with any of Roksan's three arms or any other high
quality arm to offer a powerful and expansive sound displaying a fine midband, a fast and deep bass and a very smooth and open
treble. Musicians are firmly located within the soundstage, with the tempo
and musicality combined to create a compelling sense of live music being
Caspian system DX2 turntable
speed control for this record playing system, uses the same motor drive
module as that of the TMS 2 reference record player. The DX2 utilises a
massive 350 VA ultra low noise internally and externally shielded Toroidal transformer that feeds the DS1.5 or the smaller
DSU internal DC power supply for the motor drive. The DX2 is a modular system
and can be configured to include the Artaxerxes.X phono stage.