What an upgrade!!!! I got BB's top AT table and while it was decent. I'm not a DJ nor did I need the preamp, much less a reverse feature..(huh?) Add in the fact that just adding this Blue Point no.2 cartridge would have put that AT at $700 makes this look like and even better deal already knowing the added weight vs the rpm-1 which to me is still much better than the AT for not much more $ and the better platter surface vs cheap felt with the AT and the carbon fiber toneare and the adjustable front spike and removable audio cables...I could and should go on however I'll suffice with this was a no brainer for me. I'm no more of an audiophile than anyone behind a keyboard but even I could hear the wider soundstage and more air in the room so to speak. If nothing else and it's all placebo and had to shoot for any think from 3-9 hundred I would choose any rpm for the fact the platform leads to the brands top models and they look beautiful.
Pros: Beautiful Rich sound Low noise Ease of use
Cons: The belt can be finicky at first changing speeds. Adjusting the weight took much longer than the cheaper dial option of the AT table. Perhaps that leads to more noise..idk. Motor sometime looses its belt trying to start up. I often will spin the platter a little to get it to start without so much dead weight.