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Re: Off topic: Turntables

The Rega is a good choice for a turntable. I'd stay away from Pro-Ject turntables (one of Rega's main rivals) as I've been the unfortunate owner of two of them and the motor noise is really annoying.

I'd disagree about the Bias2 as a cartridge choice. I recently heard some samples posted on a forum by a guy comparing the Bias2 to a Nagoaka MP-200 cartridge and there was no comparison. The Bias2 had issues with edgy high frequency transient tracking. Go for a Nagoaka if you like smooth, analog-like sound or an Audio-Technica cartridge if you prefer a brighter presentation.

You might check samples of needledrops (digital recordings of LPs) in the Post Your Needledrops thread at the stevehoffman.tv forum:


On 7/7/2013 6:39 PM, Buckeye wrote:
Hi Brad

I'm a Rega man, myself (I have a P5). I think the RP1 is a solid choice for starting out. That upgrade kit seems to be okay, but I'll tell you a big improvement in performance can be had with just the Groove Tracer SubPlatter - which is something you can install yourself (google it). I also think the "white belt" is an improvement, but many will argue. The Bias2 and the Elys2 are good choices for cartridges - since they are Rega made, they integrate well without having to fidget about with getting things aligned properly. One other thing, even if your receiver has a Phono input, you'll still get better performance with an outboard phono preamp. I have the Rega Fono, but I've read that the Fono Mini is no slouch!

That said, I know many people swear by other brands and the following seem to be popular lower budget choices: Music Hall MMF-2.2 and Pro-Ject Debut.

If you want to talk more, feel free to drop me an email directly (goes for any FBOer).

take care


On 7/7/2013 5:27 PM, BGW wrote:
Hi all
I know that this is off topic and I could easily do my google search for reviews, however, I have a ready bank of people on the ground here who I trust more than reviews.

I am going to venture back into vinyl as I was faced with either throwing out my thousands of vinyl albums or getting another turntable. Just too much stuff and memories to throw them out.

So not knowing turntables as I once did I was thinking about an entry level deck like the Rega Planar RP1. In Oz it retails for about $495 but one mob is doing an 'upgrade' kit that seems to have garnered some good reviews (I did do some research). Here is the package: http://www.stereophonic.com.au/products/Rega-RP1-Performance-Pack-Turntable.html All in all it looks good, and a reputable and long standing brand. Still made in the UK. This thing will marry up with a high end Arcam amp and some JBL reference monitors.

So I'd be appreciative of any advice that people can offer. I don't want to get technical too much. I just want a good entry level deck that will revive the 70s for me!

Sorry for going off topic but this may be of interest to others as well.