Valid points, although isn't some small degree of speed variation unavoidable with DC servo motors? (e.g. Constantly undershooting and overshooting the target speed, which manifests itself as a peak in the 3-4 kHz region?)
Anyway, before this becomes another belt drive vs. direct drive debate (), I was just curious regarding an objective P3/SL1200 comparison. Back to the pics!
Well, I certainly do not want another belt vs direct vs minituarized Martians drive vs etc debate. The sound of 4 recent 1200/1210s was so over the map
that would hardly be attributable to the same design. Compared to a normally functioning Rega, you would get 4 totally different impressions. After "refurbishing", they all performed as they should.
1200/1210 was the cheapest DD one could take seriously. At the other extreme is Rockport Sirius - wish I could at least spend a longish listening session with it once. I do not think all of its overengineering is absolutely necessary for a decent DD deck, but some are. DD can not be built in a garage ( there are exceptions to this rule ) as easily as belt drive - but I guess something between 1200 and Sirius should be good enough and not cost an arm and a leg.
One of my next posts will be pic - something so old I could not find a pic online, only found its sucessors.