We’ve had the Rega turntables in for a few months, and I must say, the more I get to know these little jewels, the more I like them! First of all, they are belt drive turntables. I fully believe until you’ve spent $30K+ that belt drive is far and away the best way to spin a platter. One of the primary things that I really love about analog playback (when it’s good) is the sense of rhythm and pacing the better tables are able to achieve. To do this you need incredible speed stability. Direct drive turntables may start up quickly compared to a belt drive, but they are constantly trying to correct themselves. With a belt drive, the weight of the platter is used to get a flywheel effect. Once the platter starts spinning and gets up to speed, it’s very stable.