technics are tried and tested now for decades. when there is a stanton on display in the science museum i'll shut up
yes other manufactures makes turntables with extra features that appear to be desirable.
they do this because the technics are near perfect, to sell their products as competition they need to boast something the technics don't have.
extra torque - anything above 1.5 kg/cm is redundant unless your doing extreme turntablisim (which lets face your not and even then its not required)
wider pitch range - can be useful but if you have ever played a record at +16 you'll know it sounds pathetic
i've also heard of people saying the stantons have a "better more resistant platter, its makes less of a mess when you touch it to slow it down than the technics do"
what?!! you are mixing wrong, don't touch the platter, school boy error. if your having to slow the record down by force, your pitch is not correct.
the amount of people i know who have brought anything else have ended up replacing them
buy once, buy right.
had my technics now for 12 years - number of problems = none
its not worth killing yourself over tone, lots of people do it, its a bad habit thats tough to break. move the pitch up or down then back to where you were in a quickish motion. its less noticeable i think
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As for other turntables than Technics a few brands flagship deck are technically superior to Technics. BUT if you plan on playing in clubs Technics are still your best bet as thats what they'll have 95% of the time (if they still have turntables) and the fact that they'll behave exactly the same as what you use everyday gives you one less thing to worry about. Even so it shouldn't take more than 2 or 3 mixes to adjust to different decks if you are any good. Anyone taking it seriously should be able to mix almost as well on soundlab belt drives as they can on technics.