With my turban on, and the envelope pressed to my head, "Buddhac the Magnificent" will predict that the envelope for turntables in the late part of 2008 will read..."Direct Drive."
We'll see someone make an outrageously expensive table that somehow overcomes all the evils of direct drive tables. It's spot-on speed will deliver PRaT like no belt drive has ever managed. Piano tones will become more rich and full of harmonic truth.
Direct drive's previous demons will be exorcized by some new BS form of damped and suspended platter, in conjunction with a plinth that is both unperterbable and almost immune to airborn feedback, while remaining both lively and "fast."
Music will emerge from the darkest black backgound a reviewer has ever heard. In fact, he'll say that until hearing this new direct drive technology, he never imagined LP playback could solidly place instruments and vocals in the correct time and space as well as this direct drive piece of art does.
What will happen next is that turntable "manufacturers" will start basing expensive turntables on platforms built by Denon and Technics, in similar fashion to how digital disc player makers now base their devices on drives made by other companies.
Sometime around late 2009, Esoteric will release a circa 20,000 dollar turntable...
What will be achieved is that we will finally be allowed to be part of Hi Fi if we own direct drive tables because now they'll be expensive enough to be included in our systems.
Sure, laugh now, but when it comes to pass, I have dibs on "I told you so."