Whilst most turntables on the market today utilise a Belt Drive, for the ALVA TT, we opted for a medium torque Direct Drive. Although harder to manufacture, it offers several key benefits over
Over time, the rubber belt will need to be replaced. Belt Drive elastic can wear down, and can eventually break.
The belt stretches and contracts under the load of the platter. Belt Drive turntables have a less accurate playback speed than Direct Drive turntables as a result.
The best Belt Drive turntables can achieve 0.2% Wow (slow speed drifts, slurring) and Flutter (high speed drifts, warbling). Direct Drive turntables perform much better, with the ALVA TT having just 0.06% Wow and Flutter.
This means a far better pitch stability – particularly during longer, more sustained notes.