We found an old stereo system in the process of moving and older record players are not compatible. This hooked up to a 80's era stereo and surround sound speakers incredibly well. An aux cable was simple and easy to hook up. There are spots for an RCA jack but we found the aux hook up if you have it is easier though the RCA does work. I am very excited to get all my vinyl moved over to mp3 format as well. Audacity is a simple software to use. The look is superb, like an adult player rather than the bright colors I have seen on other models. It's incredibly versatile and even without the speaker system the onboard speakers are quite good. The extra needle was great too! Excellent value.