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Speed stability: Direct Drive vs belt

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by DaleClark, Feb 11, 2019.

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  1. sublemon

    sublemon Forum Resident

    I'm listening to one now! seriously
     
  2. Doctor Fine

    Doctor Fine Meat and Potatoes all day long

    For just a few bucks I had KAB upgrade my arm with a silicone fluid dampener setup ($100?).
    I wrapped the arm with shrink wrap using a heat gun.
    $5?
    It looks the part now.
    I would easily put this arm setup which came from the factory up against a solid SME for instance...
    It came with factory low capacitance high end arm wiring.
    Also adjustable on the fly tonearm height.
    And has easily adjustable mass from medium/low all the way to weighs a ton high mass...(by my own invention).
    I am not the "fanboy" type.
    Tables I remember for being "special" (and that I have owned) are Empire Troubadour. Weathers mono "fm" cartridge table, AR turntable, first edition Technics SL1200 series, tons of Garrards inside portables etc...
    I love tables.
    Oh.
    I just bought a new Pioneer PLX 1000 and stuck my home made weighted mass modification on it for handling Denons as that is my preferred cart.
    It does the heritage proud.
    Haven't run the two tables side by side but the family resemblance is there in spades.

    [​IMG]

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  3. Roycer

    Roycer Forum Resident

    Location:
    Wyoming

    Nice turntable
     
  4. sublemon

    sublemon Forum Resident

    I use the DL-103R in a Jelco arm. Other than that our systems are a bit different I guess. Might add an on the fly type height adjustment, but honestly bothering with a lot of VTA adjustments once you have it dialed is mostly a waste of time in my experience.
     
  5. How about this one:

     
  6. Gibsonian

    Gibsonian Forum Resident

    Location:
    Iowa, USA
    Thought it would be apparent I was being sarcastic.

    I favor DD and my current table is in my avatar.

    I don't have these extreme positions that I see in this thread and believe all 3 designs can sound quite good, but I think DD has greatest potential and current best measured performance.
     
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  7. Missed the sarcasm, but I was wondering about that avatar! :laugh:
     
  8. Gibsonian

    Gibsonian Forum Resident

    Location:
    Iowa, USA
    Yeah the avatar kind of dead giveaway.....
     
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  9. McLover

    McLover Senior Member

    Location:
    Athens, Tennessee
    I am playing a just out of shrink for the first time, new old stock pressing of "The Best Of Johnny Bond" on Starday.
     
  10. Anjo

    Anjo Member

    Location:
    Nederland
    Agree I have an vintage lightweight suspended belt drive a heavy weight belt drive and Iam thinking of buying the Technics sl 1200GR not because I strive for better but variety
     
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  11. Anjo

    Anjo Member

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    Nederland
    So true
     
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