I believe that this turntable is underrated. As far as I am concerned the turntable is a great performer and is easy to use.
Should you be in the market you should consider this model instead of the other highly priced units. It will not fail you. The most important thing to consider is a better quality tube pre amp that makes all the difference in your sound system. Cary Audio and Audio Research makes the best tube pre amps.
This is my opinion as I used to have a Transcriptor turntable that cost around $12,000. The Sherwood cost around $450 and used a better quality Ortofon MM cartridge. I could not separate the Sherwoods performance as it was so close to the Transcriptor turntable.