Here's your mental issue: "It is a direct drive table so I am hesitant about buying it..."
What, if any, does that have to do with quality?
What, if any, does that have to do with quality?
I have never used this table so I don't know how well it works. But in general, DD tables are noisier than belt drive because the motor is directly connected to the platter.
Also, there was theory that the constant micro speed adjustments made by the servo motor can cause a DD table to sound harsh. It might be true but I have never done a controled comparison and am not convinced it is the case.
One major design goal of DD table is to have almost instant start up. As a result, most DD tables use a relativly light weight platter and I think it might have more to do with the sound than the micro speed adjustments.
I am more concern about the noise than anything else, especially for an aged table.
If you have doubt, I would buy a used Linn LP12 instead. It is a much safer bet.
I hope this helps.
Well I have owned one and currently own the Micro Seiki MR-711 so I will speak from experience. The DDX1000 does not use quartz lock so I don't think that "hunting" is an issue. Micro made a subsequent model that looks quite similar called the DQX1000 which does have quartz lock, but it can be turned off. I have never been able to identify any rumble with these tables and would suggest that direct drive tables are less subject to the micro speed variations caused by the varying resistance of stylus drag than the belt drive tables with low mass platters. There are lots of reasons not to buy the DDX1000 though. The open structure is rather resonant. Now that they are going on 30 years old the elasomer damping in the feet can go bad, which is the only means of vibration control. When the feet are bad, the lively structure is even worse. Instead of running the lamp that illuminates the strobe right off of the 60hz line, there is an oscillator that generates a frequency. This is needlessly complex and frequently breaks. The arm boards do not mount to the legs in a very rigid manner. The feet are acutally capped with rubber, the arm board being tightened around the rubber. These arm boards are quite rare and generally sell for in excess of $100.00 each. So, if you are buying, get one with enough arm boards. If you manage to get one with good feet, in good working condition, with a nice arm, it will be broadly comparable in performance to somewhere between a Rega P3 and P25, but will sound very different, with a totally different set of strengths and weaknesses. Feel free to e-mail me directly if you have any questions and if you live in the Pacific Northwest you are welcome to borrow my 711 to try in your own system. As devotees of DD tables will tell you, they do things that most belt drives don't. There are better DDs for the money, the yuppies have bid the price of the 1000s up because of the looks. The Technics SP10mk2 or mk3 would be a better choice and they are readily available with good spare parts. If shopping have a look at the direct drive museum. http://de.geocities.com/bc1a69/index_ger.html
Good decision, but there are some unbelievable values in DD tables since they have been out of fashion for 20 years or so. Psychicanimal uses the Technics SL-1200 with some of the enhancements available and he believes that it is competitive with all but the top ranks of belt drive tables. You can even buy a new one. I find my Micro MR-711, which sounds quite a bit better than the DDX1000, to constantly surprise me. If you can get around the stigma then you can have a bit of fun.
As owner of a Micro Seiki DQX 1000 I would like to add something to this forum :
To start from the most important - this direct drive turntable sounds excellent to me. Actually it does not add its own sound, it is a variable which can be removed from the equation. You will be able to judge other components like arms and cartridges.
Some recommend the use of copper mat to be placed on top of the platter in order to make it sound warmer especially when used with solid state electronics.
There are no issuess associated with the direct drive motor which I can find.
The induction type motor is based just under the platter but it is well enough isolated . At least there is no noise which I can detect. In any case the level of noise generated should be lower than
the one of my tube pre-amplifier (12AX-7) as I don't hear it.
To my understanding a good feature mechanically is that there is no friction of parts .
There is one central pivot shaft which rotates (caused by induction ) and the platter sits on it, that's all.
The quartz control - I don't use it.
The quality of materials and craftsmanship :
I have not seen better anywhere.
The platter is made of aluminium. it weights 2.9 kg and is coated from the underside.
The mounting of the arm base to each one of the 3 legs is metal to metal directly .
There are 2 types of arm bases - standard made of aluminium and the ones designated with G (gun metal).
The G is very heavy. Should provide better decoupling of the arm.
So this deck is all metal work.
As regards the 3 feet isolation:
Yes, they are the only thing that isolate the deck but like it is with all it is a good idea to place it on a dedicated stand.
And there are the bigger Micro belt drive decks of course.
Best to all
As a former DDX1000 owner one of the great sonic upgrades in my system was replacing the DX1000 with an LP12. The DDX1000 was easily the best looking and worst sounding high end turntable I have ever owned. As mentioned above it was extremely feedback/vibration sensitive the issue being that it lacked both mass and an effective suspension. Most likely today an isolation platform would be helpful but it also had a tendency to speed drift that was easy to see with the giant strobe marks cut into the platter.
I will say that it was an attention getter and I loved the ability to mount multiple tonearms & Cartridges (I had a Grace 707 and Black Widow)but it all comes back to the sound and it was severly lacking in that area.
The DQX 1000 looks to be an upgraded DDX 1000 - heavier platter, higher torque motor, quartz control (this last one almost noone accepts as an upgrade but it can be switched off).
One caveat - as I have found from my experience and from reading the micro.de website when buying used DQX 1000 one has to examine carefully the bearing of the JVC motor.
The DDX and DQX differ also in one most important aspect. The latter has a quartz-referenced speed control, and Aleko you might be well advised not to shut off that function. It cures the problem cited by Gerald, if that is a problem at all. Anyway, the DQX was considered to be a big improvement vs the earlier DDX version.