So far, so great
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
Two weeks in and this product has exceeded expectations. After about a year first considering a turntable, then researching and finally shopping, my initial thought was to get a well-regarded vintage turntable, but after some research decided against it. Initially considered the more entry-level Pro-Ject turntables offered at Crutchfield, but moved up the product line and settled on the Pro-Ject 1Xpression Carbon. Most agree that Pro-Ject delivers very high quality per dollar. Setup was straightforward enough. It took a second on one or two different occasions to understand what the instructions were getting at, but that is as easily on me as on the instructions. I tend to move deliberately, and with all of that it was maybe 30 minutes to unpack everything and have it ready to go. The instructions recommend a tracking downforce of 18 mN for the Sumiko Oyster (installed.) After a few plays, I backed it off to 17.5 mN, which I think sounds better, but time will tell as it does take many more hours of play for a cartridge to break-in. From what I have read, cartridge break-in is real, whereas break-in of other components is dubious. Without entering in to the whole analog/digital recording/playback argument, I will say that the old vinyl sounds amazing. It's been more than 25 years since I played any of it, with nearly all of the recordings since re-purchased on CD. The sound is detailed, full and lively from top to bottom. I expect to be primarily vinyl for quite some time.
Pros: Price, quality, sound, ease of setup, Crutchfield service.
Cons: Nothing real so far.