August 19, 2010 by Robert Archer
There’s no question that vinyl is back. Driven by a backlash against low-resolution audio files and a renewed interest in the intangible value of holding a record, consumers and even installers are rediscovering the magic of LPs.
Rega has always been a brand that’s been trusted by value-minded consumers as a go-to brand, and is at it again with another affordable machine.
The U.K.-based company’s new RP1 turntable upholds the its value-driven reputation by providing audio enthusiasts with lots of performance for the dollar.
The RP1 incorporates a manual speed change to save consumers some money, while eliminating the inconsistencies of automatic speed mechanisms.
The turntable also includes a new, hand-built RB101 tonearm that features a precession main bearing, a phenolic-resin platter and low-vibration belt-drive motor. It employs an Ortofon OM5e moving magnet cartridge.
Rega is distributed in the U.S. by the Sound Organisation. According to Stereophile, the RP1 is expected to arrive in the U.S. in September for around $445, or about $50 more than Rega’s entry-level P1 table. You’ll be able to grab it in cool gray, titanium or white.
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Bob is a dedicated audiophile who has been writing about A/V for Electronic House sister publication CE Pro since 2000.
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