I bought this expecting a cheap, entry-level player to listen to my first vinyl records on. I was planning on using it until I had the money to buy one with better sound. I was pleasantly surprised when I set the needle down onto Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are A-Changin'" to discover that it produces great sound, even from the built-in speakers. I don't even feel the need to connect it to better speakers, as the ones embedded on the side suit me just fine. Of course you could find one with better sound but I am more than satisfied with this and won't be looking for a new turntable anytime soon. Excellent.