Ask Mr. H: Turntable upgrade of motors


Hi Howard It is possible to get an upgrade of motor for my turntable from an AC one to a DC one. Should I?

If my own experience is anything to go by, probably not. I changed my AC motor to a DC one on my Michell Orbe SE. At first, I heard a significant difference and inevitably thought it was an improvement. The bass was certainly better defined, but the toe-tapping rhythmic nature was reduced. There is no question that both motors were running at identical and correct speeds. There is a lot more to this than is generally understood, certainly by me. Max Townshend (designer of ‘The Rock’) has a fair idea what’s going on though