The drive system of the Heretic 1 is unique. Until today there were 2 drive systems in high-end TT's: belt and direct drive.
Each drive system has its disadvantages.
Belt drive turntables:
Slow start/stop- slippage of the belt- heavy platters need time
Fast running motors- up to 1200 rpm- noise, vibration
Stretching and contracting of the drive belt- destabilizing rpm
Angular pull on the main bearing- causing vibration and rumble
Direct drive turntables:
Direct coupling of motor to the platter increasing vibration
Limited platter weight
Drive magnets close to the cartridge
The unique Heretic 1 drive system eliminates the disadvantages of these systems- introducing:
the Decoupled Direct Drive!
4 small super quiet stepper motors drive the main shaft
The motors are symmetrically connected by short toothed belts
This unloads the main bearing of all angular belt pull
No slippage of belts possible- RPM motors=RPM Platter
Belt stretching minimized, while still damping motor vibrations
Programmed quick start and stop- 10 sec to 33 RPM
In case you are wondering: the coppery bits are the main bearings of the Heretic 1 turntable- more hardware will be revealed soon!
Some further reading: http://www.iar-80.com/page12.html
The Heretic 1:
Decoupled Direct Drive System