al2002 wrote:I've been toying with the idea of getting one of the Japanese servo-arm fitted DD tables from the '80s and would appreciate input from forum on the merits of various models.
The short-list is down to the Sony X-75, JCV QL-Y5F and the Denon DP-59L, but I am prepared to consider other models. FWIW, in a few weeks of looking, it seems that the Denon is easiest to find.
High Fidelity reviewed the X-75 and Y5F in 80/81 and while both motor units performed very well indeed,the arm on the X-75 seemed to deal more effectively with the cartridge-arm resonance. Have not been able to find any review on the 59L.
Comments on reliability, durability, user friendliness, service options,cartridge compatibility, etc. would be welcomed.
Thanks in advance.
Having owned a pristine condition DP-59L myself, I can say it's performance was very nice.
However, I couldn't wait to sell it off, due to its overly complex design and known documented issues that come with such things.
Playing a record should be relatively simple and straightforward.
And the DP-xx series isn't in that league.
Perhaps when new, they impressed consumers, having that fancy tonearm design, but they're now decades old, and becoming problematic.
I much prefer a good, solid, old-school design, relying on gravity or a mainspring for stylus control.
Because gravity is more reliable than a bunch of IC's and transistors.