i think Crosley deserves its place in the market. It never positioned itself to be a HIFI turntable maker, but interests young people into play records. Maybe its original sin is the ceramic cartridge using too much tracking force? it never proves destroying records in a few spins. I suspect in the 50s,60s, tracking force used to be the same if not greater. Now it listens to the market and provides an entry level turntable with MM cartridge and all that adjustments that a new comer needs to get better sound. At $200, what do you expect for a convenient solution. Plug it in your active speakers and play. Below is taken from the manufacture's overview on amazon: "We get our moniker from Powell Crosley, a pretty radical guy from the 1920s who knew music was for the people and created a radio for everyone. In keeping with his tradition and entrepreneurial spirit, we decided the vinyl experience was also for everyone. Our first turntable was released in 1992, when CDs were still king. Naturally, everyone thought we were nuts. But now, after over 30 years of bringing stylish music to the people, we’re one of the biggest manufacturers and trendsetters of the new-millennium Vinyl Resurgence. This is our mantra. Expression is a part of everything we do, not bound by time or age. From art to clothing to spaces, even the things we share on the internet are all part of our worldview. Why should music be any different? Colorful and fun, sleek and modern, funky and eclectic: there’s a Crosley for everyone. Crosley is stepping up to a new stage. We’re listening to music, to the world, and we’re listening to you. Taking cues from awesome feedback from music lovers everywhere, Crosley is taking on the future with a heart of adventure. With the evolution of the C-series, we’ve turned a new side, and the needle’s ready to drop. Tune in with us, it’s going to be a wild ride." They don't say their products are for "audiophiles". I respect them for promoting the vinyl resurgence. There should be a place in the market for them.