The music from this turntable sounds great as it uses the Ortofone cartridge. I was having some buyers remorse after I ordered this as I was thinking I probably should have gotten a Pro Ject table. Well, this is a Pro Ject turntable; it has Pro Ject all over it. It is good looking and simple to operate. My first turntable set-up in about 30 years was not difficult once I really read the directions; I wasted a lot of time because I mis-read the part where you turn the whole counterweight and not the scale to set the tracking force. It was all there, I just didn't get it at first. I'm pleased overall, but there is a problem that I should probably address with Crutchfield; the platter came warped from the factory. I loathe the thought of having to ship the whole turntable back to see if they can get a flat platter. I'm not an audiophile so I don't hear any distortion and it doesn't usually cause a problem. The platter isn't any more warped than some of the records I own, but with some records the warped platter can cause the very bottom of the cartridge to graze the surface of the record. It is a perfect storm of cartridge design, warped platter, and warped record when it happens. I have the tracking force dialed back to the very least possible, and it seems to have stopped, but if I wanted more tracking force for sonic reasons, I'd be out of luck on some records. Like most new things you can buy today, it seems like the quality control on this turntable is suspect.
Pros: Sounds Great Simple Operation Set-up easy when directions read in detail Looks Great Good Price
Cons: Warped Platter Cartridge can dragCrutchfield response on March 1, 2017 John, we're sorry you're disappointed with your turntable. Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, especially a situation like this, please contact our Customer Support team. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days of the purchase.