Well, I finally bought the turntable. I went with the Pro-Ject Debut iii and have had it hooked up for a few days now. I certainly didn't notice any major differences in the sound quality from my Pioneer but you can certainly TELL it's "better." The tonearm seems so light in comparison to the Pioneer. I'm eternally second guessing whether I have the tonearm set up correctly. I had a major goof at first and the tonearm was pressing down WAY too hard on my records. I THINK it's set up correctly now but one record in particular has me wondering about the accuracy of my set up. The record is a very cool first edition of Black Sabbath Volume 4. True, it's older than me, but it doesn't seem to be visually warped in any way. When I went to play it, the needle started jumping all over the place. I quickly took the record off the turntable and I haven't had a problem with any other records. Not sure if it's the result of an improper set-up or just a bad record.