Rega’s new turner

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - LIFESTYLE -

HERE’S a rare oc­cur­rence – a new Rega turntable. It’s the re­place­ment for the en­try-level P1, and is called the RP-1, and fea­tures up­grades that ad­dress some of the crit­i­cism di­rected at the older unit.

The all-man­ual RP-1 sports a new, hand-as­sem­bled tone arm, the RB101, a pre­ci­sion main bear­ing, pheno­lic resin plat­ter (out, damn MDF) and a high-qual­ity/low vi­bra­tion mo­tor, which Rega says is the sort nor­mally found on costlier decks.

The min­i­mal­ist de­sign en­sures has­slef-ree play – this one is equipped with an Orto­fon OM5E MM car­tridge, and out of the box, all you need do is plonk on the ul­tra-light plat­ter and af­fix the coun­ter­weight.

Three fin­ishes are of­fered – cool grey, ti­ta­nium and white – and the over­all pre­sen­ta­tion and fin­ish, while never risk­ing be­ing mis­taken for plush, are pretty much par for the course.

Those who want to take it up a notch will be pleased to know that Rega also of­fers an up­grade pack for the RP1, which in­cludes the Bias 2 MM car­tridge, drive belt and nat­u­ral wool mat.

Wait­ing to get your hands on this one? Then call, Asia Sound Equip­ment (M) Sdn Bhd( %03-79552091/016-273 3573).

Bud­get vinyl: The en­try-level Rega RP1 turntable, sport­ing new plat­ter.

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