Roksan Xerxes 20 Plus – High End turntable bundle


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Bundle includes the Roksan Xerxes 20 Plus turntable, the VSC2 speed control / phono stage, Roksan SARA unipivot tonearm and the Shiraz high-end moving coil cartridge.

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Xerxes 20 Plus Turntable

The Xerxes 20 Plus Turntable is best suited with Roksan tonearms, such as the Roksan SARA tonearm included with this bundle, but is compatible with many other high-quality tonearms. It offers a powerful and expansive sound displaying a fine mid-band, fast deep bass, and very smooth and open treble.

Musicians are firmly located within the soundstage, with tempo and musicality combining to create a compelling sense of live music being played. If your quest is to extract the most from your record collection, playing them on the Xerxes 20 Plus when fitted with an appropriate tonearm and cartridge is how best to achieve it.

The turntable is also compatible with many other high-quality tonearms, using an arm board adaptor.

Available Armboard Adaptors Compatible with
Xerxes 20 Plus Turntable Armboard Graham Cut Graham Audio arms
Xerxes 20 Plus Turntable Armboard Naim Cut Naim Aro arm (only)
Xerxes 20 Plus Turntable Armboard Pro-Ject Cut Pro-Ject/Linn/Alphason/Mission arms
Xerxes 20 Plus Turntable Armboard SME Cut SME ‘sled’ with four screw fitting
Xerxes 20 Plus Turntable Armboard Standard Standard board for all Roksan arms and older Rega arms
Xerxes 20 Plus Turntable Armboard Wilson Cut Wilson Benesch arms
Xerxes 20 Plus Turntable Armboard Blank For other/rare arms (dealer to cut)


“It’s a tried and tested design, but the Xerxes 20 Plus is still the leader, with masses of detail, agility, and sonic presentation with lots of body.”

WHAT HI-FI, August 2008 

Key Features

  • Three-level decoupling allows for accurate and smooth rotation with absolute minimal vibration and maximum detail retrieval
  • 8 isolation units (isolation without suspension)
  • Latest generation model with over 30 years of experience and R&D in high-end turntable design
  • Available in three stunning finishes (Gloss Black, Gloss White, Gloss Rosewood)
  • High quality, very high tolerance spindle, and bearing design
  • Choice of power supply (VSC/VSC2RPM, or XPS 8) – The product bundle on this page includes the top of the range VSC2
  • Comes with Roksan cut arm board (many other types available)

Caspian Vinyl System Control VSC2

For ultimate convenience and a fully comprehensive solution for getting the best performance from your Xerxes Turntable, the VSC2 units combine both an RPM speed control and RPP phono stage in a single chassis.

The VSC2 also powers the Xerxes Turntable, it has two independent reference DS1.5 linear power supplies. One dedicated for the RPM section and another dedicated for the RPP section.

Key Features

  • Twin DS1.5 PSU modules
  • Ultimate control and convenience for the Xerxes Turntable in one box
  • Combines reference MM/MC phono stage with reference speed control

SARA Tonearm

SARA is an audiophile standard tonearm that incorporates a range of design elements that combine to result in a highly detailed and open sound. Featuring high-quality materials and mechanical parts, it also has a ‘less is more’ aesthetic that will appeal to many and a luxurious operational feel that accentuate pride of ownership.

The SARA Tonearm is a unipivot design that employs a jewel ‘seat’ and a tungsten carbide pin for super-smooth movement with minimum friction. It also features silver-plated OFC internal wiring and Roksan’s own high-quality HDC external cabling, delivering neutral, highly detailed musical performance with realistic dynamics. The azimuth is individually adjustable for increased fine-tuning ability.

Key Features

  • Superlative sound quality and technical performance
  • The ideal partner for the renowned Roksan’s Xerxes 20 Plus Turntable
  • User-friendly, ergonomic, and useful design features fine-tuned for trouble-free setup and operation
  • Unipivot design for minimum friction, excellent tracking, and maximum freedom of movement
  • High-quality silver-plated OFC internal wiring and Roksan’s HDC external wiring for excellent detail retrieval across the frequency range
  • High quality anodised black finish with subtle detailing
  • Underslung counterweight and separate azimuth adjustment

Shiraz Cartridge

The Roksan Shiraz is a high-end cartridge that is capable of outstanding musical involvement and detail from its Gyger II stylus.

The Swiss-made Gyger II has a super fine line profile, offering excellent tracking ability, stunning detail retrieval, and low surface noise. The body is made from a solid aluminium alloy and fitted with a robust, broadcast-standard generator uniquely fixed to the body with three spikes, giving it precise alignment and coupling without using distortion-inducing adhesives.

Excessive cantilever movements at certain frequencies are damped by the capacitors mounted directly to the generator over the coil, where they accurately preserve the minute signal. Sonically, the frequency extremes are well integrated with a clear precise midrange; deep, agile bass, and open and extended treble.

Key Features

  • High-end moving coil cartridge
  • Solid aluminium alloy body
  • Capacitor-dampened, broadcast standard generator
  • Renowned Gyger II diamond stylus profile
  • Complex cartridge manufacturing process achieving the most natural and detailed performance possible


Xerxes 20 Plus Turntable

Main Bearing Spindle
Hardened tool steel

Main Bearing Ball
Super-precision tungsten carbide

2 mm

Main Bearing Housing
Solid phosphor bronze

Inner Platter
2 Piece solid aluminium alloy interference fitted non-resonant

Outer Platter
2 Piece solid aluminium alloy interference fitted non-resonant

3 plinth design

3-level decoupling

Custom made 24 pole synchronous

Solid aluminium alloy

Dimensions (W x H x D)
450 x 370 x 115 mm

12 kg


Caspian Vinyl System Control (VSC & VSC2)

Power Supply
VSC — DS1.5 x 1
VSC2 — DS1.5 x 2

Output Voltage (RPM)
16 V RMS (33 and 45 RPM)

Phase (RPM)
0 degrees and 90 degrees

DC Offset (RPM)
<10 mV

Harmonic Distortion (RPM)
<0.1 %

Output Impedance (RPM)
<0.1 ohms

Gain Settings (RPP)
MM: 40.6 dB @ 1 kHz
MC1: 56 dB @ 1 kHz
MC2: 65.5 dB @ 1 kHz

Signal to Noise Ratio (RPP)
MM: >89dB (ref. 5.0 mV)
MC1: >79dB (ref. 5.0 mV)
MC2: >70 dB (ref. 5.0 mV)

Harmonic Distortion (RPP)
<0.01 %

Overload Margin (RPP)
26 dB all settings

Output Impedance (RPP)
< 50 ohms


SARA Tonearm


Arm Tube

Effective Length
240 mm

Effective Mass
24.2 g

17.5 mm

Distance from Record Centre
222.5 mm

Mounting Hole Diameter
23 mm

Arm Board Thickness
6 – 25 mm

Recommended Cartridge Weight
5 – 12 g

Recommended Tracking Weight
0 – 3 g

Internal Wiring
Silver-plated OFC


Shiraz Cartridge

Moving Coil

0.21 mV/cm/sec (RMS) 1.05 mV @ 5cm/sec recorded velocity

Recorded velocity super Fineline Gyger II

Aluminium tube

Tracking Weight
2.2 – 2.5 g (2.4 g Recommended)

Cartridge Body
Solid aluminium alloy

Generator Fixing
Unique 3 point rigid fixing

Cartridge Fixing
Standard 0.5 inch centres (12.7 mm)

Recommended Load
30 – 100 ohms (100 ohms recommended)

Coil Impedance
24 ohms

Frequency Response
15 Hz – 30 kHz

Channel Balance
Within 1dB

Channel Separation
30 dB

8.2 g

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