Rega - RP1 Turntable (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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|Item Dimensions||17.5 x 15 x 4.5 in||17.5 x 15 x 4.5 in||16.34 x 12.6 x 4.65 in||6 x 13.88 x 17.75 in||16 x 18 x 6 in||20 x 11 x 16.2 in|
|Item Weight||9.2 lbs||9.2 lbs||12.35 lbs||23.5 lbs||8.5 lbs||41.78 lbs|
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!
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I'm back into "vinyl" after a 30-year break and enjoying myself thoroughly. This little Rega isn't nearly what my AR ES-1 was back in the 80s, but it's a lot of good engineering for the money. I could nitpick things like a plinth that isn't perfectly square, a platter that wobbles ever so slightly, RCA cables hard wired to the tonearm so as to preclude aftermarket interconnects, and less isolation from feedback that what you'd get with a suspended system like an AR or Linn. But these nitpicks ignore the amazing price for this much music. Good job, Rega.
First of all, it is BEAUTIFUL! This is what drew me to it in the first place. Totally my husband's style. Sleek, not bulky, and great color. A few things I wish I'd known: 1. It does take some learning in its operation if you've never used a turntable that is mostly mechanical, but my husband seemed to get the hang of it pretty quickly and 2. you do require a phono preamp to use it with certain theater systems (anything that does not specifically have a phono input). Again, if I had any knowledge about analog audio at all, I'm sure I would have known these things. It works great now that we have the preamp and everything set up. I can't say anything for the cartridge that came with the turntable as we installed the Ortofon one right away.
Overall, we are very satisfied.
1. Tonearm height not adjustable
2. Stock counterweight is maxed out with the included (very light) cartridge
3. Tracks well but not well enough to not need additional tracking weight, which you can't apply
4. Rega Carbon included cartridge is just an AT-91B
5. Have to take platter off to change belt from 33 to 45
6. Actual speed is closer to 34 rpm
7. Non-removable headshell
8. Dust cover hinges are bendy plastic
1. Sounds fantastic playing nice records in good condition
2. Has real magnetic anti-skate that works
3. Cue is super smooth and a joy to use
4. Looks really nice, solidly built heavy plinth
I once saw these for around $299, this turntable would be a great deal for $299.
Look at the U-Turn Orbit.
No grounding wire or grounding prong on power cable.
The platter isn't perfectly flat so it looks like it makes my records wobble a little bit.