The top Technics turntables of the past included magnetic/oil tonearm damping.Spinner45 wrote: ↑31 Jan 2019 05:52Technics builds their machines with quality, always has.
However, they do not cater to the obsessed "audiophile" to the point of adding damping to their tonearms, and I doubt they ever will.
The stylus needs to track the groove precisely, and nimbly, thus ultra-low friction pivot bearings are mandatory.
Centering of the cantilever in the cartridge body is of utmost importance, and Technics knows this.
Because some records are slightly off-center due to manufacturing tolerences, the swaying, however small, can deflect the cantilever enough to cause imbalances in the reproduced sound.
Again, this requires a nimble and frictionless tonearm, able to follow the groove without hinderance.