I actually have no idea, nor do I know of anyone who does. I have read that the ELP is referred to as "infamous" but I don't really know what they mean when they say that.
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I do recall one review in _Hi-Fi_News_and_Record_Review_ on an early laser turntable that wasn't that positive. The laser turntable was far noisier--the records needed to be cleaner than clean--and even when all was going well, the laser turntable sounded only as good as a regular turntable at a fraction of the price. (A pretty small fraction, too, if I recall right). I don't know about laser turnables since that time, though.
Then, one obvious disadvantage with laser turntables is that you can't play with different cartridges, power supplies, etc, etc, etc. (Maybe this isn't a disadvantage, after all....)
Stereo Times had a review:
They said it was fantastic. However, they did say that pops and clicks are much more pronounced.
But check out: http://www.elpj.com/frameset.html
In their website, they say it is less noisy. They also have three models where they used to only have one.
According to the article, ELP will demo the tt in your home for a fee of $500.00. If you decide to buy, the fee is credited to the purchase price.
I encourage you to buy the ELP, and then tell me what you think!:)
I thought there was a fairly recent review on this in TAS? Maybe I'm wrong, perhaps it was Stereophile. Whichever, I don't think the review was very complimentary, your records need to be fantastically clean or you get tons of surface noise. In fact I think if you buy one it comes with a VPI cleaning machine.
There are alot of draw backs on the ELP laser turntable, first they cost quite a bit of money, two the laser goes out quite often because the LED they use has a short life to it, three if the LED goes out you have to send it all the way back to Japan I think it was because only they can do the repair because the LED is made especially for them. And most important one is that it doesn't sound as good as some table in the $2000 range.