Rega’s new turner
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.