I hear this a lot but it’s like saying red is better than blue, it’s just not that simple.
Record store guys know more about records and less about turntables, trust me on this. There are excellent belt-drive and direct-drive turntables, it’s not the drive method alone that determines system performance. Unfortunately, most people aren’t interested in or able to understand the technical details, nor have they been exposed to the range of equipment necessary to form a valid opinion.
How many record store guys do you think have listened to an SL-1000, PD-350 or L-07D for example, let alone owned one of these holy grail machines? A lack of experience and technical knowledge lies at the heart of so many incorrect statements, rumours and misinformation in audio and elsewhere.