This is the turntable i have bought it is direct drive and probably cost the same as a BL91 for example. I know the high belt drives are famous but this turntable still should be pretty good.
I also have a Luxman PD-131 with a Grace 707 tonearm but it is in storage. I have been happy with DD so I will stay with it.
I guess the only down side with this Micro DD unit is possibly spare parts, but it looks in good shape and if it was going to break it would have broken by now.
I will give an update when I get it going and may just use the Ortofon 2M black for a while.