I will say parts of this turntable are fantastic. Acrylic platters are far better than the plastic or stainless steel platters on a lot of cheaper turntables. The denser the material the less vibration, and that means cleaner sound. The cartridge isn't great, for the price I would think something a little better would be included. I would also strongly not recommend getting the version (for $200 more) that includes a built in preamp. You can get a very decent dedicated phono-preamp for ~$100 (Pro-Ject, Schiit, U-Turn) and an RCA to USB interface for ~$20-$50 if you are dead set on recording records on onto a PC. Having dedicated components means you can upgrade far easier in the future, if you desire, but it also saves you money up front. Win win.