I purchased this accidentally, and when it got here I was really curious so I opened it carefully and take a few listen before I return this.
1. It's a nice looking record player! I'm in college and it goes well with my room style (in fact, any style you have).
2. Very light and PORTABLE! I could carry this with me to my friend's house, hook a nice speaker and I can have a record player anywhere.. but probably not a good idea if you have to carry your vinyls around, but you get the idea.
3. Sounded "vintage" - I have no idea how to put this into words, but the little built in speakers, they had a small "echo" to it and made it sounded "oldie, vintage" OK probably that doesn't help :/ anyways..
1. A lot of bad reviews, including this record has a ceramic needle and well, it's heavier than those magnetic/metal needle so, it will damage your records, faster (depends how often you listen to them). But NOT TOO WORRY, this is still a good player if you just want to listen/play records.
2. all plastic, meaning.. this is not that durable, but for the price, it's not something you would want to fix, you would simply throw this and buy a new one. If you want a long lasting one, invest in something more expensive like $200+ turntables.
3. It's a belt driven, so don't try your DJ wannabe act with this player.
4. No matter how good your speakers/headphones are, the sound won't get any better.
Ok, let me elaborate.. The little speakers will sound like, well.. little speakers and could be worse than your awesome premium desktop speakers; to be honest, my macbook pro speakers sounded better compared to the built in speakers on Crosley's..
I plugged in my B&W P3 on the headphone jack, and boom! nope, sounded awful, same as the little speakers only a bit amplified because the P3 was in my ears. I tried the RCA, going through my pre-amp and to the speaker I used for my Stanton turntable, and the sound improved greatly! But still bad! so, if you're an audiophile, don't get this, ever! you will either be disappointed or you'll keep this as a keepsake (because this looked really nice on a shelf). I wouldn't mind getting this as a gift though but if I want to spend my money on it, I would mind..because I'm an audiophile.
If you are looking for a player than can play vinyls or you're on a budget, or you don't care about sound quality that much, or you just like the looks, or you have too much money you have no idea where to spend, GO AHEAD and BUY THIS!
If you're an audiophile, sound quality matters to you A LOT, you have $300 budget, you got nice speakers/headphones, you want a long lasting player, you want to do some DJ-ing, you don't want to damage your records faster, probably you want to look at some other brands like Audio Technica.. their AT-LP60 is right under $100 and their AT-LP120 is below $300.