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I had the choice of getting Technics, but then I looked at the specs on the Stantons. You can feel the difference in the torque. I've had a lot of my vinyl DJ mates play on my Stantons for the first time and they are always impressed with their fell. For me Technics seem week after using mine.
The tone arm is different to the Technics and I think this probably the only department the Technics is better, however if you have your tonearm and stylus setup properly I don't think it's much of an issue.