> It's almost Crosley bad.
That's because both Crosley and this TEAC model are built upon cheap Chinese turntable assemblies, from companies such as Skywin and Hanpin. Whereas a 'real' turntable consists of a stylus and platter mounted to a base, these cheap turntable assemblies use a lightweight plastic unibody to hold a plastic platter and spring-loaded stylus. Crosley, TEAC, and many others just drop the module into a base platform, and that's it. No alignment or calibration needed. Super cheap for them. Sub-par sound for you and me.
What's bad is that TEAC actually makes a few higher-end turntables that are actually made well, using traditional construction. I think this model really hurts their brand, it would leave a bad taste in my mouth if I bought this model unknowingly. I think that they should just leave the lower end of the market to Crosley and the like.