This is one of my favorite threads on Head-Fi, mixed with serious TT experts and newbies, and those of us who rediscovered the beauty of vinyl.
I grew up with vinyl and TT's so catching up on the latest gear and setups with the help of the pro's on this thread has been so helpful.
My take, a decent lower priced TT can be as satisfying as an expensive CD player. CD's have a sterile digital quality in comparison to vinyl.
For newbies who want an intro to TT's...