Originally Posted by GratuiTous
OP's question doesn't seem to involved scratching/turntablism, just listening/sampling purposes. The TTUSB would be great for the price + use !
If scratching, yes direct drive the way to go!
I was just giving examples of extra uses.
In my experience, belt-drives are just not as durable (the belt will wear out at some point) and usually use more lightweight components (which effects it's sensitivity to vibration and thus it's sound).
If they were the same price, I would take a used, good condition direct-drive over a brand new belt-drive any day.
IMO the only reason manufacturers push belt-drives is the same reason they keep rehashing low-end DJ midi controllers. The components are so cheap that keep the profit margins much higher than producing actual durable, quality devices.