The Music Hall MMF-2.2 is a better table than the Pro-Ject Essential. Better cartridge and specs (speed deviation, rumble, S/N, and wow and flutter), and adjustable VTA to boot. Of course, it should be better. It costs $150 more.
Emotiva ERC-1, USP-1 & two UPA-1s
Pro-Ject Xpression III & AT440MLa
AKAI AT-2600 & Harman Kardon TD4400
Magnepan MMG Magnestands
Rythmik Audio F12