Excerpt: The straight-armed version of its counterpart has a tonearm that is meant to minimize the inward and outward force on the needle, giving it better tracking compared to the S-shaped Stanton 150.
Excerpt: I purchased the STR8 last November, no Tech 12s in town and I needed a second deck for a gig that weekend. Ended up buying it blind and since have added 3 more 150's for a total of 4. I run a mobile DJ company and have used the Techs for over 20 years now. (I even have two Tech 1300s:)).