First let me say I have two systems, and this one is with a Marantz stereo receiver, Monitor Audio Pedestal Speakers, Vincent cartridge preamp, Klipsch subwoofer, Grado Prestige Green Cartridge, 16 gauge micro strand cables (about $3000 system). This turntable is simply outstanding with the luxury of auto return. No one in their right mind will eject to the record because there was never an industry standard for lead in grooves. With my other system, I have a manual Rega, which requires me to jump up to lift it off the record. You can imagine which system I play when I'm working, but with either one I feel the sound is quite excellent. The Marantz auto TT is really its only competition and it doesn't come close (rebadged Dual TT with a Dual cartridge. Yes they still make TTs in Germany, but mostly for other companies).
I will say that if you use the internal preamp with that throw away cartridge, you don't get the real value out of the turntable.
The DP 300F was very easy to set up. Please ensure that the resting surface for the turntable is level in all directions. The overall sound is great and the silence in between tracks far surpasses my old Garrard. The automatic features on this device move the tone arm very smoothly. I'd recommend this to anyone.
good product has room for improvement
from New York
Great for price point. Needs a place for the 45 adapter. Loud clunk sound when pushing buttons for speed. Wanted an automatic for times when I'm unable to get to it when the record ends. The sound is ok, no need to change the cartridge unless you have the other components to make it worth your while. I have upgraded the rubber mat to a cork and will upgrade to an Ortofon 2M Blue as soon as the headshell comes in. I want both cartridges so I can swap back and forth for some records that are in less than pristine condition.
Easy set up. Suggested settings worked for me. Made very minor adjustments for tracking and weight after a few test runs.
LP's had been boxed since the advent of CD's and are not in the best of condition. They seem to sound better after a couple of plays. Have a very good stereo system and had to do some adjusting to bass and treble levels. Very satisfied with turntable.
Very nice table, nice tonearm and very nice looking. I gave it a five-star rating for price / performance.