Let me likewise express my complete satisfaction with my Aries 2. I have upgraded to the dual motor /flywheel, which was a significant jump in performance. To echo Steve's sentiments, despite changing out virtually every other component in my system, I have never felt the need or desire to replace the Aries. Its just one of those components where you are just left with the feeling that you have reached the point of diminishing returns and that an improvement, if there is one to be had, would be minimal and not necessarily worth the investment. Moreover, if and when I do feel like experimenting, there is always the rim drive or the super platter or an XLR junction box, or the new mini feet and whatever Harry Weisfeld next has up his sleeve to improve his existing product line. Despite all these available upgrades, I have yet to feel the need to change. Moreover, unlike some, I do not find the available upgrades frustrating. They are there to take advantage of, or not, at your discretion. What I find frustrating are manufacturers who constantly bring to market improved versions which are not adaptable to existing versions and which render the older models obsolete and worth a fraction of their original value.