The answer is... sort of, in my opinion. Without a doubt, a well designed and properly implemented motor control system will dramatically improve the sound from a good belt-drive turntable that did not previously use such an ancillary device to control its motor. (This is based on personal experience with my home audio system.) And that turntable would then approximate the good qualities of a good direct-drive turntable. Yes, what you are hearing is probably what the rest of us who generally prefer direct- or idler-drive turntables is hearing. I went from belt-drive to motor-controlled belt-drive to idler-drive and direct-drive, more or less in that order. And while I prefer top quality direct-drive turntables, I would never say that ALL direct-drive turntables are as good as or better than the best belt-drive plus motor controller combinations.
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