What matters here is that you are spinning and enjoying vinyl. A warm welcome to you.
Absolutely... What difference does it make what other people think... For every model, there is always something out there with better specs and a higher price tag to boot. It's all about the music folks.
One thing what makes the difference for me is the good Shure M97xe cartridge.
I bought a replacement stylus for it already for when this one is worn.
I have a vintage Empire 2002 EE catrtridge from the 70s as a back up and threw it on and the sound quality difference is noticable between a quality cart and the Empire.
It has a lower output signal as well with volume.
Got to have a good cartridge on a good turntable. One of the radio station turntable uses a Stanton cart, an expensive one. I like that one too but got the Shure one at 50% off on Amazon for $70 because it was available at that price.