I'll also echo the opinion on the Gyro. I was recently shopping in the same price range and preferred the Gyro to the other turntables I listened to. The others were VPI Scout and Aries and a Spacedeck. The Gyro just has a natural, flowing presentation to my ears that I didn't pick up with the VPI's or Spacedeck.
The VPI's have a big, solid sound, but seem to lack a bit of detail and delicacy when the music calls for it, and as such don't sound very "open" to me (relative to my other choices) - but wow, was there weight to the sound. The Spacedeck was the opposite - wide open, but not very solid sounding, a bit thin and seeming to have more pitch stability issues than the VPI or Gyro. The Gyro just seemed better balanced for my tastes - an open, exciting presentation that has plenty of body and solidity to it.
Your best bet is to try to listen if you can...I was lucky to be able to listen several times before making a decision, and as such have wound up with a setup that I like very much.