It's funny, i have heard people on these forums saying it is a rubbish deck, but having compared it to the Dual CS505-2, i like it a lot. It is well made, has a nice overall tone and is aesthetically pleasing. I know it does not compete with the best out there, it is an old japanese deck after all, but i dont think it should ÿbe dismissed as no good. I only have a no name cartridge and stylus in 9believe they might be hitachi) but even so it gives my cd player a very good run for it's money. If the goldring even slightly improves its sound, i will be completely happy (or as long as a hi-fi addict is ever happy with equipment for).