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A simple one- your favorite build/style of TT ...

Discussion in 'AK Polls' started by thedelihaus, Oct 21, 2007.

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Your favorite build style/approach of TT...

  1. Direct Drive

    52.0%
  2. Rim Drive/Idler Wheel

    9.8%
  3. Belt Drive/Endless TT

    40.5%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. thedelihaus

    thedelihaus Nocturnal transmissions

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    Allright,

    This one should be pretty cut and dry.

    Your favorite TT style, in general terms-

    1) The direct drive, controlled by a center-mount (or close to) motor, where the platter is hooked through a series of intricate gears mounted over the motor and directly in the center of the turntable.

    2) The rim drive/idler wheel turntable- a TT that utilizes an idler wheel that presses/locks up against a turntable's inner rim to spin the platter.

    3) The belt drive/endless TT. This unit runs on a rubber belt, which wraps around a motor shaft (the motor usually isolated in some way from the platter), and then to a recessed inner rim of the turntable platter.

    So, what say ye, and why?
     

     

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  2. marantzfan

    marantzfan ... Subscriber

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    It's awful late there in Mass isn't it?:D
     
  3. OvenMaster

    OvenMaster RIP Mommy 1935-2018 Subscriber

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    Some of us are still up.

    I voted belt drive. I like the isolation from the motor a flexible belt provides. It's also easier to replace a belt rather than an idler wheel.

    Tom
     
  4. marantzfan

    marantzfan ... Subscriber

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    I put direct drive, as the best tt I have ever owned (my Kenwood KD-750) is direct drive.:thmbsp:
     
  5. HalM

    HalM New Member

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    TT pushers

    After cleaning approximately 14,987 Gates TT's through the years
    and scrubbing stylii, hosing off the nicotine grunge and putting up with
    #10 axle grease on the bearings I voted for idler.

    The DD story makes a pulse every time the electronics open the gate for horsepower to the slab. Can YOU feel the burn?

    Rubber bands turn to cheese in free air. Fuhgeddaboudit!

    So either we use a water wheel where the weight of falling water moves
    the turbine paddles or we're going for the idler. The RtR decks have idlers, but they're on the take up, I know. As long as Parts is Parts we should be able to get wheels, neh? Being inside the slab keeps greazy fingers off the business end, too.

    Hal
     
  6. toomuchvinyl

    toomuchvinyl AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Belt drive is my choice too. It's just so freakin' simple. Both of the DD tables I have owned finally got to the point that I couldn't adjust to a steady speed (mind, this was when they reached 20+ years of age), but my belt drive tables have been reliable with only a couple of belt changes and attention to lubrication.
     

     

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  7. merrylander

    merrylander AK Member

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    Direct drive (Yamaha PX-3) and belt drive (Rega Planar 2).
     
  8. thedelihaus

    thedelihaus Nocturnal transmissions

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    I like the simplicity of the belt drive, but my favorite players have been Direct Drive.

    So, in theory, the belt drive units. In practice, the Direct Drive.

    Never heard an idler wheel model, but have heard great things about them. Seems it may be thee best choice, but without personal ecperience, I dunno.
     
  9. Fast_Eddie

    Fast_Eddie Upper-middle fi

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    I went direct just because the best table I've heard are DD. I like my SL 1200 a lot. I like it better than my friend's Rega. But I'm not really being fair. I haven't ever owned a really good belt drive.
     
  10. thedelihaus

    thedelihaus Nocturnal transmissions

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    Eddie,

    what model Rega?
     
  11. cubdog

    cubdog banging through drywall Subscriber

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    I'd like a working TT.

    cubdog
     

     

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  12. Robisme

    Robisme Sansui Enthusiast Subscriber

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    Looks like I just put DD up by 1.:yes:

    Rob
     
  13. vinyldavid

    vinyldavid Proud Jaguar Owner! Subscriber

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    All I have owned is DD.
    I probably want to change my answer when I buy a Dual
    :D
     
  14. Fast_Eddie

    Fast_Eddie Upper-middle fi

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    I believe it is a Planar 2. He had quite a bit of trouble with it. Belt, then bearing grease, then some weird allignement problem with the new belt. It sounds fine, but it's a little whisp of a thing. My mighty Technics could fall on it and not notice.
     
  15. Gohan

    Gohan Super Saiyan

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    I have to go with direct drive
     
  16. 240sx4u

    240sx4u Lunatic Member

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    Oracle belt drive

    Evan
     

     

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  17. www.records

    www.records Quality over Quantity

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    I can't say that I have a favorite. There are excellent and poor examples of all 3 drives. I don't own an idler, but would love to have an old Garrard 301 or modded Lenco 75. I guess if I HAD to pick one, I pick DD for the low wow and flutter, speed consistency and general no fuss.
     
  18. Doug Olitsky

    Doug Olitsky My kids enjoy McIntosh!

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    Lenco gl75

    also like my 2 thorens td-125's

    but there is something about an idler in a 75lb. base
     
  19. Brian

    Brian An Old Geezer

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    Belt drive for me. TT for me is the Marantz SLT-12 or 12U. When 1 of these is working there is nothing that can touch it. Next of the list would be the Empire lineup, any of them.
     
  20. Mr. Orange

    Mr. Orange Flat speakers rule!

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    Considering my choice of TT I go for belt drive. :thmbsp: It just doesn't get any easier. :yes:
    :music:
     

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