John Paul wrote: There is an argument for and against using mechanical systems vs. electronics. There is an argument for and against including certain features in a piece of equipment. I was not trying to speak to either of those things. The point that I was attempting to make is that as far as electronic control systems go the design of these old Denon turntables are actually elegantly simple.
There's always an argument, usually based on bias/preferences.
Nevertheless, simplicity in design definitely proves superior as far as reliability is concerned.
As for the "elegantly simple" statement, that's not true, if you knew the actual design and workings of those electronically controlled tonearms.
Look at a schematic, say, of the DP59L, the specific area concerning tonearm movement, tracking, damping, and then tell me that's "simple".
I've serviced them, and trust me, it's not some simple procedure to perform.
Not when you need a hoarde of test equipment to get operation right and according to spec.