Direct drive turntables are complex to design and expensive to manufacture compared to belt drive turntables. Idler drives are more expensive to manufacture than belt drives too. For the small to medium sized companies that are still in the hi-fi business it's much easier and cheaper for them to design belt drive turntables.CnoEvil said:... I was wondering whether TT technology had stalled along with its relegation to the specialist market....not enough sales to justify the investment. Cno
Also in the 1970's you had the big Japanese corporations that sold millions of units to the mass market and liked to have statement products at the top of the range for prestige. To avoid losing face, these statement products had to sound good.
There was also a decently large market for radio broadcast turntables which doesn't exist any more due to the radio stations switching over to digital storage for convenience.