Music Hall Ikura vs. Pro-ject 2Xperience Classic

Split plinth design vs. isolated motor design.

Alloy tonearm vs. carbon-fiber tonearm.

Ortofon 2M Blue moving magnet cartridge vs. Sumiko Blue Point No. 2 high-output moving coil cartridge.

MDF platter vs. MDF platter.

Stainless steel main bearing vs. stainless steel main bearing.

“Modern” styling vs. “classic” styling.

$1195 vs. $1295.

Is it just a question of six of one and half a dozen of the other?

Or is one genuinely preferable over the other?
You forgot one...

Ikura Butt Ugly and 2Xperience Classic Attractive, especially in Mahogany.

Sorry, couldn't resist. But everytime I see an Ikura, I just can't come to terms with its styling - all that plastic! But that's me.

Seriously though, besides looks the biggest difference is the tonearm/cartridge and the 9CC tonearm and Sumiko Blue Point #2, make the Pro-ject the better table. A friend of mine has one and after enjoying a few years with the Blue Point, replaced it with a Lyra Delos and it sounds wonderful!
Listen to a rega rp3 or rp6 also.
Anyone own an Ikura?
I'm quite happy with my white Ikura. I find it dead quiet, and the double plinth design does a good job with isolation.