Hi all. I'm surrounded by vinyl everywhere in the local shops it seems, so I wanted to dip my toe in. My equipment is usually mid-to-high range, so spending £300 seems reasonable, will be connecting to my Yamaha RX-A3050 Amp which has dedicated phono input. Reading through reviews on here I had almost decided on the Pioneer PLX-500. Always loved the Pio brand, and the review herein says that at this level you can upgrade quite a bit on the Carriage/Needle and get more bang for buck, if that is my toe-dip turns into wading. But as someone who has always paid for quality interconnects the fitted/moulded RCA cables bother me, and lack of ground connection (not that I know what the value of such a thing is, but my Amp supports it). Not sure if I want/need the Digital Ripping, but the thought of buying an album and not adding it to my portable player as well bothers me slightly if I didn't have the feature, though I'm sure there would be other methods of recording the audio out. However, local shops were OOS in black (eta 2 weeks), though I did see a display model, and it will look fantastic ontop my AV unit, with bonus of the top/cover as well, and weight/build-quality seemed really good. So my impulse purchase today has died, and I've had more time to read reviews, and as no deals are around, may as well wait for Black Friday. Another option is the Sony PS-HX500. This caught my eye because it launched as a £500 piece of kit and can be had for half that today, so are you getting a better overall turntable? The review herein highlights the high-res audio ripping, but still not a dealmaker for me. This has proper phono outputs and ground, albeit the review says the carriage/needle are generic, and doesn't say how upgradeable in the future. It doesn't look that nice, albeit it does have a lid apparently, and overall it does seem to address my concerns over the interconnects of the Pioneer. The other option that seems to ht the price-point is the Pro-Ject Essentials III-A. Without the inbuilt phono stage which I don't need the review suggests it has lots of dedicated-to-purpose engineering, and provides a quality carriage/needle which really adds to the performance. The review gives it a best-buy at under £300, seems to have everything included for best perfromance/qiuality, including lid, but no digital output, albeit website suggest such models can be had. Any thoughts?