The caption photo makes it look like a 7” toy player at first glance, perhaps because of the outsized control box. When you look at the close ups the engineering we love SME for becomes very evident.
Yeah... But... Does £500 get you a music player or a DJ deck? Do you plug a £500 turntable into a stack of HiFi or is that the type of thing you connect to a Pioneer A/V amp?
hello there...yes why go to 500...you can now get tables for 100 pounds INCLUDING a cartridge and a phono stage! and as far as looks, i don't think looks can be judged.. and that too in a photo.they are subjective too. SME is a leading british quality turntable maker, and like others commented, you don't HAVE to buy anything! most timex's keep better time than an IWC, Lange, or a rolex. they do sell, and increasingly so ever year!! i think you are talking different leagues here, and products do enter the markets at a large number of price points. considering that this new SME is at a sixth of their top model and as the review says, has retained the DNA of the top models, to a real vinyl lover that says a lot! well done SME!