Summary: Amazing value. I looked for a year before settling on this table. The combination of very good motor with high speed stability (unlike many others), which I measurably verified with FFT analysis of precision testing records. The arm is very high grade, very low resonance, superb build quality and uses bearings of the highest grade. Table is relative low resonance, has superb bearing/platter design and is attractive. Other main contender for me was the VPI Scout.
Summary: Built by Clearaudio for Marantz, the TT15S1 appears to be a step between the Emotion and the Champion models. Fit and finish are what one would expect from Clearaudio at this price point. Setup was simple and will take less than 1/2 hour. All of the tools needed were supplied with the table. The Unify tonearm supplied is solid, but the magnetic anti-skate system seems rather hokey.
Summary: Absolutely fabulous modern TT both functionaly & aesthetically. My budget was under $3000 and I was considering buying the clearaudio emotion set as I was quite impressed but this one is superior to emotion set as though marantz TT was also made by Clearaudio in German. This has the better board & foot design (more solid, wider, bigger, heavier) than emotions. The motor is completely isolated against the board(it looks attatched but NOT.) and dead quiet. so Sound?
Summary: After listening to this table for the last five months I feel I can give my opinion. I got rid of my old direct drive table after hearing that the new tables are much better. So I bought a Music Hall MMF-2.1 to see if newer tables were worth it. Just from that first table I could tell a difference. Now this brings me to the Marantz, WOW. So much more warmth and bottom end. It could be the cartridge also, but this table is a delight to listen to.