Technics = tank
Stantons = skoda - made by good people with good intentions but its still an inferior brand
And Vestax = Hyundai
now lets look at this debate seriously
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