Hm, the direct drives are more alike than the belt-driven ones I would say... Most of them looks like the same Technics 1200-clone, having the same or similar S-arm, patterns on the platter for controlling the speed, the same slider to the right for speed/pitch adjustment, and similar start/stop and speed selection to the left. There's dozen of them!ravelax wrote: ↑02 Feb 2019 22:34As for the market having to cater to all budgets, that may be true but it won't be accomplished by selling yet another version of the same turntable that everyone else is already selling. I'd prefer a proper market where there's an actual choice of different turntables, not the same turntable with different names on it. A healthy market is a diverse one. In that respect I think the market for affordable direct drive turntables seems to work a little better, seeing as there's more concrete differences between the different versions of the basic Hanpin Technics copy.
From what I see, the belt driven ones are more different in design outer design - different thickness of the plinth, different knobs and buttons... But at the back they are similar (same phono pre-amp and outputs), and if you lift the platter up you see it's the same platter and the same belt and bearings and motor...
I'm not convinced that entry level buyers really bothers... Look at all these Rega entry players from different brands such as Nad, Edwards Audio, Goldring among others... Basically the same Rega turntable but with minor differences. And Edwards Audio makes their own plinths. But made by Rega. And there was a time were most turntables had a Rega tonearm, or a Pro-Ject tonearm.
I'm glad that more and more companies are developing their own. Like Thorens for their new TP 82, 90 and 92 instead of Rega or Pro-Ject. or Acoustic Signature. Or Perpetuum-Ebner, they makes their own tonearms too... And Elac 70 and upwards has unique tonearms too... Dual too...
It's higher up in the price range that there is a need for diversity and this diversity also exists.
Rega and Pro-Ject makes many similar looking turntables, but it's not the same turntable. Just same design concept.
Interesting enough, there's more difference I would say between a Pro-Ject and Music Hall turntable than between a Rega and a Pro-Ject, in terms of design. But Music Hall is made by Pro-Ject... Music Hall has their own dual-plinth/multiple plinth construction from the 5 and upwards that makes them unique looking. But look at a Rega P1/P2/P3 and compare them to Pro-Ject Debut and variations. A dense and simple MDF-board available in a choice of colours (Rega more colourful), polymer or glass platter, filt mat, manual speed change, belt around a sub platter.