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.
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I had high expectations for this turntable (especially for this price) but was disappointed right out of the box. The tonearm was loose on the plinth and flopped around. Found a screw to tighten and that solved that problem. But the cueing lever assembly is so poorly made that it shakes the tonearm while raising or lowering it. You can't accurately lower it to the record. Also, it is almost impossible to accurately adjust the counterweight for the correct tracking force. This turntable appears to be the same as a RPM 1 Carbon with a $450 cartridge. I really expected more from a turntable at this price point. The good news is that Crutchfield offered to exchange it with no hassle so a Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Esprit SB is on the way. Once again, excellent customer service from Crutchfield.
Pros: Great design
Cons: Inferior tonearm for a turntable at this price
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Almost ready to go right out of the box. Securely packaged, easy set up and great sound.
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Turntable is beautiful!! Just the looks alone make it 5 stars but I had a problem with the tonearm; it came disassembled at the base - the pivot. I figured out how to put it back together but it took some time and a lot of patience. The owner's manual did not address this at all. I was afraid of pulling some wires during the process, as the wires are extremely delicate.
Pros: Beautiful turntable, looks fantastic
Cons: Tonearm became disassembled somewhere between the factory and its arrival to me
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