But the record store guy says belt-drives are better..?

I hear this a lot and it’s like saying red is better than blue. It’s just not that simple!

Record store guys generally know more about records and less about what makes a good turntable. The reality is that there are stunning belt-drive and direct-drive turntables.

It’s ultimately not the drive method alone that determines system performance. Unfortunately, most people aren’t interested in the technical details, nor have they been exposed to the range of equipment necessary to form a really valid opinion on this. Sorry, but that’s the truth. How many record store guys do you think have listened to an SP-10 or L-07D for example, let alone owned one of these grail machines? This lack of experience is at the heart of the problem.