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Unless all things are equal, the same arm, cartridge, phono stage etc - how objective can this really be?JohnPS: I think it's great when someone finds something that works exceptionally well that undoes their expectations in the face of more costly gear.
Ditto. I would think that a less expensive belt drive TT with speed control would give different results. I have speed control box on my TT and it's just as you noted that pitch is directly related to rotation stability. However what a fun project. So what do you plan to do with the belt drive TT?
FWIW, the buzz from RMAF was that when the DD was compared to the belt drive in the Teres Audio room, feedback was universally in favor of the DD. This is with the same table and setup. Apparently it wasn't that subtle like a cable change, it was rather obvious.
Hey Greg - great (informative) post! John
FWIW, I was recently speaking with Jonathan Weiss (of Oswald's Mill Audio) about some other stuff, and we got on the topic of belt-drive vs. DD. Jonathan is a big DD fan, but he made the comment that big heavy platters like my Teres and Walker, etc are basically flywheels. When you think about it, its obvious. The weight creates rotational inertia which is what the flywheel replicates. So the different technologies both strive to use the same physics to accomplish their goals.
Denon used AC Servo - maybe that's as good - don't know, never tried it (oh no, I feel an urge coming )
Well...I'm the guy who bought the Rega Planar 3 off eBay and has just about decided that with the tweaks it will take to get it to audiophile "snuff", I might want to look at a new TT with a warranty. the Marantz/Clearaudio unit (yes, it's belt-drive) with the Clearaudo wood cart is VERY tempting. This vinyl forum with it's strong leaning toward the DD Technics is interesting.
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