I think once again this thread show the importance of listening and experiencing different models before you buy anything. There is no limit to good reviews and opinions on the web. I've made comparisons of models such as an SL-1200 with Pro-jects and Regas in the same price range and preferred the '1200 every time. It was more quiet and the speed stability was on a different planet. Haven't used the A-T 'table but some people like it better than the '1200, others don't. People will hear things differently (assuming they actually make a direct comparison, which it seems most don't), but thats why different models are available.