Reviving an old thread here... I finally have everything in my vinyl setup up and running as of last night. The Loricraft is unreal... there is very little background noise on my records, almost like listening to cassette tapes with the exception that it doesn't sound like crap. I'm finally convinced that the old "Sorry, if you want vinyl, you have to put up with constant hiss and pops" line is wrong wrong wrong. Yes, there is a very slight cassette-like hiss in quiet passages, but it really only stands out between songs. As to pops, I might hear three or four QUIET ones on an entire side--unfortunately, it's impossible to not get some dust on the record in between the Loricraft and the turntable as they are in separate rooms (no more space left in my bedroom). But there is no comparison to the days of my VPI cleaner; this is very superior.