I just picked this piece I'm not a DJ, but from everything I've read, this is the one to go with if I want digital output and USB connectivity for recording. My only concern is the cartridge quality. Is anyone familiar with Stanton cartridges? I'm willing to invest a little money in a better one if I know it will provide noticeable improvement. This one has the 500B, which seems middle-of-the-road, but none of the reviews complain about sound quality. Like I said, I'm no DJ, so I don't need a needle for scratching - just something for quality playback and recording. I have an Audio Technica cartridge on my old Dual 604 that I know is pretty good, but I have no idea if that would be compatible. I'm guessing it wouldn't.