And a bit of warning before we start! This is in no way a criticism of the magazine I extracted these measurements from or the reviewers involved, or the measurements methodology, as I have been reading Hifi News for decades and I personally know a few of these people personally.
This is just an attempt to show another side of the story, and in this particular case, a look into assessing the relative qualities of four very good turntables from the point of view of the measurements of their mechanical performance only. I have not had the luxury to listen to any of these turntables, so this is not about judging which one sound the best, but more about an objective assessment of the quality of their mechanical design.
Prices range from UKP575 to UKP21690 for the deck and arm - no cartridge, no stand (if applicable)
The one on the left is by far the best mechanically, as it as both very good stability and very clean waterfall resonances measurements. then, things get worse once you move to the right.
So which one would you choose on these criteria alone? Some important ones really...
Now, look at their respective prices, and tell me which one takes your fancy...
Obviously, before I reveal the four products in question, I have to state that the the two best ones and less expensive ones are somehow "mass produced", where the other two are in the realm of high hifi and have other attributes that will get some people to choose them...
It just happen that the one on the left is from my favourite "budget" brand of turntable, pure coincidence!
Have you guessed yet? Maybe I should let you find out: I will come back tomorrow and give you the answers...
So, if I were on the market, I would go for the Rega, unless i were very cashed up and then i would go for
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