The BH Fitness X9 has the quality of the typical $1499 ellitpical. We hate to seem to be bashing BH, but frankly they brought it on themselves by trying to price this unit at $2999. With limited distribution and a new brand name to develop, BH Fitness has a long road to travel before they are a stable company in the US. We would think long and hard about it before we started putting down money for these units when options from Precor and Lifefitness are easily within reach. Do yourself a favor and buy a Precor or Lifefitness.