Last week my wife and I purchased the Sony model PSLX300USB, we really enjoy it's sound and ease of use. We are both new to collecting records and based on many reviews this was a good starter. This week, we wanted to get another one for the back room that also has speakers to the porch so after many recommendations we decided to try the Audio Technica since a lot professionals use them, so we were told. Extremely disappointing, first the mat is a felt pad after playing a collectors album in white vinyl when we went to flip it, the entire back side of the record was cover in black felt pieces. We didn't notice this on the first record we played since it was black, but after this discovery we immediately cleaned both. Second, the sound quality, the first record was okay, even on the same sound system in the other room as the Sony. So we tried the previously discussed white album and not as crisp as well or make you feel the music like the Sony did. The fact my daughter walked in and asked "did something happen to the record player, it sounds a little off" made me right then and there want to return it. I understand sound is subjective but all 3 of us didn't care for the sound. Finally, this may be normal but I'm still new to using records again, as we sat and watched the record spin you could see the arm going up and down like shocks on a car absorbing imperfections in the road. I did not see this on the sony, nice and level the entire record, I can understand if the record was a little warped but we played them on both one after the other just to see if this was normal. I think it had something to do with the felt pad. So last night I repacked the box and went online to do an in-store pick-up of the Sony PSLX300USB. Aside from these issues the automatic arm performed as expected and I did like that Audio Technica included 2 adapters which the Sony does not.