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Rega - RP1 Turntable (Cool Gray)

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  • Hand-assembled Rega RB101 tonearm
  • Precision main bearing and sub-platter assembly
  • High quailty, low vibration motor
  • Phenolic resin flywheel effect platter improves speed stability
  • Rega Carbon moving magnet cartridge
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Product Specifications

Brand NameREGA
Color NameCOOL GREY

Product Description

Rega's new RP1 turntable was designed and engineered to achieve outstanding performance way beyond the expectations of a product at this price point. Excellent build quality, reliability and ease of use combine to make a product, which will offer a lifetime of musical enjoyment. Omitting all the usual gimmicks allowed Rega to concentrate the manufacturing costs on the high quality parts necessary to reproduce records accurately. "Rega's new RP-1 turntable might just be the perfect source for Stereophile's new monthly column, 'The Entry Level'," reports Stephen Mejias in his Stereophile blog for July 30, 2010. "All the cool kids are going to want one of these." The RP1 uses a highly accurate manual speed change rather than an automatic mechanism. This approach eliminates speed inconsistencies and also reduces wear of the drive belt. It has a huge added benefit, too. The money which Rega saved is spent across the design, including a new hand assembled RB101 tonearm, precision main bearing, phenolic resin flywheel effect platter, and a high quality low vibration motor which would normally be used on a turntable costing two or three times the amount. The RP1 also comes ready-fitted with a great sounding Rega Carbon moving magnet cartridge. The minimalist design of the Rega RP1 and the use of extremely high quality components ensure that this turntable will last for many years - just like every product that Rega manufactures. The RP1 is the first in a new generation of Rega turntables offering far greater performance than their predecessors. The performance of this amazing new product will knock you out. The only thing entry level about the RP1 is the unexpectedly low price!

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 15 x 4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B004B3GELG
  • Item model number: RP1GRY
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,960 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 6, 2010

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Human Capote VINE VOICE on December 9, 2010
Bought this table to go with a Marantz PM5004. The Rega was very easy to set up. Just remove the packaging, slide the weight on and play. I noticed some motor noise when first turned on and it took about a week of constant running until it finally disappeared. The instructions state that this burn in period is needed and it is. I was a bit concerned when first unpacking the table because it seemed so light. I also have a Rega P3 that is much heavier. But the proof is in the listening and the table has a very nice sound. I may upgrade the cartridge later but it's fine for now. Revealing, lively, smooth. Sounds better with the dust cover removed for some reason. I got a white one and it's very striking.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By OldNumber7 on February 10, 2013
If you are here, you understand that turntables and vinyl recordings are something very special in this age of digitized tunes and tiny speakers. For you and me, music is more than a cheap distraction -- it is something emotionally fulfilling that deserves as much love in return as we get. Don't get me wrong, portable mp3 players and Internet streams have their place, just not in my living room. That's where I want something better. If money were no object, we'd be dropping 10 grand for our audio gear. But, for me at least, money is an object. And this is where the RP1 fits the picture.
Last summer, I got my hands on a nicely restored tube amplifier from 1960, picked up some super sensitive speakers at a garage sale, dusted off my 31-year-old Pioneer direct drive turntable, grabbed one of my old LPs -- and got really disappointed. The amp was fine; and my CDs sounded fantastic -- but the vinyl sounded flat and uninspiring, and that's when I realized that I had lived my entire adult life without really hearing vinyl the way it's supposed to be heard. The turntable/cartridge setup I thought was so cool for a lot of years was really a substandard device.
So I started shopping, decided to stay within a $500 budget, and considered several promising turntables. There are several good ones in this class -- the others include models from Pro-ject and Music Hall that get generally positive reviews -- but I went with the RP1 for several reasons. (1) it gets many good reviews, (2) it was available at a local hi-fi shop with a long track record of good service (the other models are very hard to find locally), (3) it sounded great in the store, (4) it has an upgrade package (better belt and cartridge) available for about another $200 down the road and (5) the manufacturer has a great reputation.
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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Dennis McElroy on January 26, 2011
I purchased the Rega through a local high end dealership at a price substantially less than what Amazon shows. But I digress...

This turntable replaced a 30+ year old JVC semi auto turntable I had and loved. I avoided all of the sub-entry turntables and wanted to purchase something that might be the last turntable I buy. After much research it came down to the Rega P-1 and the Pro-Ject Debut III. The clincher was availability and price.

Setup was very easy. As another reviewer mentioned, all I had to do was unpack it and slide the weight on the tone arm to the pre-set location. It does say to break in the drive motor by letting it run non-stop for 24-48 hours. This is critical! I just turned it on and let it run for about 30 hours. I've not had any excess noise at all, in fact, I've experienced sound that made me wonder why I bought all of those CD's. I had forgotten just how good vinyl can sound until I put record after record on the P-1. Everything from Grover Washington, Jr. to Foreigner was brought to life in a way that I hadn't heard in years. I've yet to put a CD on at home since the arrival of the P-1.

Just a note...good turntables are not automatic or semi-automatic. What does this mean? You have to raise the tone arm and position the cartridge over the LB and then set it down. At the end of the record you have to manually (using the lift lever) lift the tone arm and return it to its support.

In a nutshell...I love this turntable. It didn't break the bank and the sound is incredible. A friend liked it so much that he went and bought the same thing a few days later.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By J. Smith on June 20, 2013
Prior to this turntable I owned a Pro-ject Debut III, which I would recommend before purchasing this. The Debut had much better build quality. It is also less expensive.

The good: I do like the tonearm and it's simplicity. The sound is also comparable to the Debut III. The appearance is also very nice.

The bad: Both my sub platter and platter both have a wobble to them, I upgraded both to Groovetracer (highly recommend, top notch quality) products to alleviate this problem, an extra $600. The dust cover has a slight bow inward on the right and left sides. The dust cover hinges are very cheap and I can see them wearing out in the near future. The pinion spindle will also come undone at times off it's splines. I also swapped out the cartridge for an Ortofon 2M Red (great budget cartridge).

After the upgrades I am pleased, but in retrospect, with a little more money I could have bought a entry level VPI with the money spent on upgrades. I do regret this purchase, unfortunately. My next table will not be a Rega.

If you are wanting a table under $500 I can not recommend this table. I would recommend a Debut III. If you can swing a little more cash, get the Pro-ject Xpression. At this price point, most these tables will sound very similar so I would opt for build quality. Just keep saving money and buy a $1500 range table, you will be much more happy in the end.

UPDATE 03/05/2014: I have had this for over a year and keep it maintained and had very light use. Still love the Groovetracer products, but as of today the drop lever no longer stays in the "up" position.
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