Summary: This Ion turn table is cheaply made. I found the tone arm weight hard to calibrate (I think the plastic weight indicator had the numbering reversed). I was also surprised the recommended tone arm weight is 2.5 to 3 grams which is sign of cheap cartridge. I have an old Kenwood turntable that uses 1.5 grams. I also found that albums that did not skip on my turntable skipped on the Ion. I could compensate by increasing the weight to 4 grams.
Summary: To me a good product is 4 star, something exceptional to make it 5, one off for each significant drawback. The two with ION TTUSB:
-the EZ Vinyl Software generates frequent 'cannot convert file' messages when converting to itunes, whereupon it must start over converting the LP, even if it successfully converted several tracks.