Just saw an Auralex marketing piece for their turntable isolation mount. There on it was my rekkid player. But wait… it wasn’t my rekkid player! Platter mat said stanton. Looking closer the name on it was stanton. Gosh. So I went to stanton. In the discontinued section, there it was. So, it shares the same guts. It was a revelation. Not a completely pleasant one, I must say. I wonder who made it first…
A bit of digging revealed…
brunorepublic at discogs, about 1 year ago, 23-Jan-18 06:41 PM
Yes, it is outsourced, and not just the platter. Every direct drive table currently in production aside from the new Technics (oh and a VPI model which is aimed at the high-end market) is simply a rebadged Hanpin OEM table. The only difference between them is the brand name and the extras. Pioneer, Reloop, Audio-Technica, Stanton, all the same basic table, with the same basic specs, features, and shortcomings.
From djtechtools.com … The Reloop RP-6000 is the same deck also
Whoa. This makes me somewhat sad. Not horribly, but, you know…
Researching imagery shows that this one is the exact equivalent of mine but for one very minor omission.
Ah well, does it matter? I think not. Mine works great and it performs really well. I have found not a thing to fault and the sound with the M97xE is superb.