pivot wrote:I have trouble with some of what ends up being called "snake oil".
Is a super expensive, wildly over-enginered, stunningly complex turntable really "snake oil"?
Not all super expensive TTs are really "over-engineered". Some of them are just looks and mass, no real revolutionary or fancy engineering involved.
I can grab two Rega P3 turntables, replace the base for a 30Kg marble base, add some fancy gold plates, mount the two motors around a gold-plated subplatter, add a 10Kg matte acrylic platter on top, add a SME V tonearm and sell all for a huge amount of money.
Will it sound well? Probably!! Is it complex? No. Over-engineered? No. Innovative? Hell no! Really superior to a well-mounted EMT studio turntable? No!!