I was honestly surprised by the sound quality after reading the opinions of several audiophiles across various Hifi/Vinyl message boards across the net. Everything sounds crystal clear (way better than I feared/expected), the setup is a breeze and my (international) delivery arrived way ahead of the scheduled date. For a beginner, you can't do any better than this - this is pretty much as close to plug and play as you can get with a turntable!
I only have one issue/caveat. I had this shipped to India, and when I asked Audio Technica on their website if this supports 230V, they said it is sold with a 110V power supply requirement in the US and 220V in other places. HOWEVER, I can clearly see 110V-240V written on the adapter (which usually means the device can handle pretty much everything in that range). I'm using a 220V to 110V step down converter just to be safe, but I'd still like AT to fix this confusion!