I just watched a youtube video of some dude moving a tonearm around with his hand, and declaring that because he couldn't feel any hangup in the bearings or hear anything in the movement, that that particular AT entry level turntable is all that anybody needs for vinyl playback. His hand, is the best measuring instrument for bearing tolerance. Don't look for a better turntable, they all work the same. And because I've listened to a grand total of 5 turntables, let me make a 40 minute video about how I know everything now. Then of course I have watched the polar opposite, an "audiophile" proclaiming how amazing some obvious well, snake oil, was. Same assumption and arrogance, different motive. You have to spend $10,000 or you're not listening to music. "I spent this much money and if you didn't, you're obviously not capable of understanding what I'm hearing". It's either dumpster divers thinking their dumpster finds compete with anything and everything or the Richie Riches thinking you can't possibly enjoy something that costs less than a car. Where are the people in between? Does anybody in this hobby not have a grudge against somebody that they want to take out via gear choice? Does anybody not fight whatever personal hangups they have with another "tribe" of people through the simple act of trying to listen to music? I feel about my hobby as I feel about politics. The fringes on either side are yelling bloody murder while the masses in the middle are left to feel like they're all alone, just wanting something sane, calm, and sensible. There must be more sane people in between. There MUST be more than the people we have here. Every forum I've been involved in besides this one is infested with the fringes, one or the other. There's no middle voice that stands out. Its there, but is drowned out by the tribes. Direct Drive fighting with Belt Drive. Tube fighting with solid state. Old fighting with new. Not about preferences but about how things HAVE TO BE or they're awful. I'll admit it...humanity annoys the sh*t out of me lately. I wish about 90% of the people I encounter online (outside of here of course) would calmly just go STFU... Armistice Day is coming up...at least we fight with things other than guns now (for the most part). I guess that's progress. I just don't get why tribalism is so appealing. Why must everything be enjoyed at somebody else's expense? Why can't something just be good for what it is, instead of "good and everything else sucks? And so do you" Rant/over.