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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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!
Top Customer Reviews
I've listened to higher end, more expensive equipment, as well as stuff on the lower end, and I feel the Rega is a fantastic balance between affordable quality listening and with paying the extreme audiophile tax (really high end, more expensive equipment only has minute improvements over the RP1, nothing earth shattering in my humble opinion).
If the audiophile bug does wind up biting you, the upgraded cartridge does have an improvement in the sound range. Overall, I'm very happy with the stock cartridge. With a good set of speakers and receiver, the RP1 will suit most people's needs, without breaking the budget.
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.
I presume that anyone looking at this model at least has a passing interest in record playing/collecting and have done some research. If you are on the fence, as I was, rest assured that the RP1 is not junk at all. It feels well made, is very simple in its mechanics and is easy to use. I did not experience any of the condition issues that some other reviewers have commented on. The unit is designed and built in England, a factor of high importance to me, as I really did not want a Chinese mass manufactured piece among my USA made speakers and Japanese made vintage amp. Yes, I do wish I could have afforded an American made VPI Traveler, but this was at the right price point to be just tempting enough for someone who is taking the vinyl plunge again for the first time in decades, and this time my wife is along for the ride!
After setting the unit up, the first record I played was Bob Dylan's "Blood on the Tracks." As a favorite recording of my wife's I knew the songs quite well, and I don't think either of us have ever heard it sound so dimensional. Friends have told me that getting into vinyl can be a slippery slope, but if this is the payoff then so far I'd say it is well worth it.
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.
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