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Originally posted by Fatmangolf Fatmangolf wrote:

I agree with your points. To be fair the volumes of turntable sales are much much lower now than in the 1970's and 1980's, when our optical friends arrived.



That is absolutely true. Those volumes allowed the technology in DD turntables to be developed back in the 70s and 80s. The other day someone was asking why Technics can't make a brand new $500 turntable with auto features like they did in 1978.

Just not possible today. Besides inflation, they just don't have the volumes. So we get the re-launched Technics as a niche "prestige brand" where the point of entry is $1,000 and goes up from there. Also a very pared down product lineup.
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The Sheffield-made SMD Acoustics Idler Drive turntable appeared a few years ago & looked like a very interesting new design, if pricey.
Not heard much about this deck recently, hopefully they are still in business.

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They are still in business and there's an ex-demo TT for sale on eBay.  Still expensive, but ...
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Great that they're still in business & good to see a UK manufacturer doing it differently & adopting
this form of drive. 

There's also Inspire with the Monarch direct drive based on the previous generation (?) Technics motor
and the Enigma based on the Lenco idler drive.
It would be very interesting to hear what these superb looking decks can do.






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Rotating a record at a constant, unwavering rate and isolating it from external vibrations
seems on the face of it like a relatively simple matter, but like many superficially simple things
it can be much harder than it seems to execute well.



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