NoTransistors wrote:All models mentioned in this discussion have 8 3/4" arms. But, the lighter-mass design on the 701 and 1229Q are a hinderance to good sound- they resonate.
The curious thing is that the 701 has a special, patented anti-resonance mechanism on the counter-balance weight. There are diagrams of it on the Library section.
NoTransistors wrote:The 701 is primative. Quartz-controlled D.D. is best. But as you said, everyone hears differently.
Quartz-Controlled only brings long-term speed accuracy, not lower flutter. In other words, the benefit of quartz control is that the playback time over a whole record side will not be one second more or less... Something very important with radio stations.
A frequency-generator (non-quartz controlled) direct drive turntable (also called "FG servo controlled" has no inherent disadvantage with respect to flutter or pitch stability.
By the way, the Thorens 125 belt drive turntable is servo controlled by a wien frequency oscillator, and is perfectly fine regarding flutter.