If you're trying to compare what is being done here with some piece of **** old Mayfair suitcase style machine then you've already completely missed the point. This isn't for you and you can resign yourself from having to think about any of this stuff or even knowing that it exists. Just forget it and move on. This is like being told about records from someone who only knows turntables as that old stacker in a console, or being told about digital audio from someone who thinks it's all mp3s and earbuds. No offense but your 2¢ would be worth more if scotch-taped to the tonearm of grandmaw's old Zenith. This isn't for everyone and it doesn't have to be, you either get it or you don't.