I have never had the money to buy myself a turntable previously, but as I already got myself some vinyls I thought why not treat myself. The price was one of the reasons why I went for this model. It is one of the cheapest of the market, but normally when I think of cheap things I think bad quality, but I have heard of Pioneer before, and have only heard good things from them so went for it.
The turntable itself is very easy to use. Each button is neatly laid out at the front such as the play and stop buttons that are clearly marked so you don't press the wrong button. You will be disappointed if you want fancy gadgets included. The Pioneer PL990 is a basic turntable with a simple interface, no fancy buttons that you don't know what they do or are just there for show.
The Pioneer PL990 has a nice finish. It isn't rough around the edges. You can tell they put some effort into the design. So quality wise it is above-par for the price. I found the tone arm to be surpirising sturdy. When I placed a vinyl onto the deck, the tone arm was easy to maneuver. Previous turntables I've tested in the past, have created like a scratching sound when I placed the tone arm onto the vinyl, and even if I was sloppy with putting vinyls on to play, the PL 990 kept its cool and played without hesitation.
Sound wise, it seems to get more in-depth than other speaker systems I've used in the past. It creates a deep crisp sound that it doesn't matter what ever you are playing, it is easy on the ear.
Now, I guess for the price there is going to be some downsides. When picking it up to move it, I accidently dropped it and the plastic cover on the top of the turntable came off. Lucky for me, it was easy to put back on and I didn't do any lasting damage, but try not to drop it if you decide to buy one.
It is incredibly easy to use, but not fully automatic. If you want to repeat songs, it has to be done manually because there is no function to repeat songs. Although, on the plus side pitch control is included unlike on so many other turntables.
If you are a beginner like me who just wants to play some vinyls with no confusion and still have money in the purse at the end of the day, the Pioneer PL 990 will suit all your needs.