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Rega
Turntables

      Surely one of the most recognizable badges in the world of moderately priced analog gear, Rega has established an enviable position as a leader in the field. 
       A significant advantage of Rega turntables are their simplicity. While you can choose to use any cartridge with Rega arms, the company offers their own line of cartridges designed to mate perfectly. A three-hole mounting system has been devised that allows several of the Rega cartridges to be mounted on their arms with a minimum of fuss, requiring little prior knowledge of set-up techniques.

       Installations of Rega cartridges (from the Elys up) on Rega tonearms is a breeze. These cartridges come with a third mounting hole (positioned at the front of the mounting plate), a corresponding hole is found on the Rega tonearms. Simply align the two, insert a screw and, bingo, you’ve just set your overhang! No muss, no fuss, a simple procedure that anyone can perform. If one uses the Rega cartridges (highly recommended) there is no VTA to adjust, just set the tracking force, lower the stylus and listen to music.
     Simple to set-up and easy on the ears, these 'tables will certainly gladden the heart of budget conscious audiophiles everywhere.
     Step up in the line to the P5 and get even more enjoyment from your listening. The P5 employs the all new RB700 tonearm  wired with German-sourced Klotz internal wiring. An excellent 'table. The new P7 offers an advanced ceramic oxide platter, diamond ground to exceptionally accurate tolerances.
    At the head of Rega's class sits the superb P9. This turntable represents the culmination of designer Roy Gandy's knowledge gained in twenty-five years of analog design. A host of exotic features and materials, too numerous to mention, imbue this model with a remarkable level of resolution; yet, true to the Rega tradition, eminently musical.
     Choose the Rega model that fits your budget. Whatever that price may be, you'll be assured that your purchase will reward you with many, many hours of listening pleasure and faithful service.


P 1

     The entry to the Rega line, the P1offers the wonderfully rhythmic  and vivid presentation that is a Rega hallmark. It comes with a factory installed and aligned Ortofon cartridge - about as plug-and-play as you can get!

  • Made in  the U.K.

  • All new RB100 tonearm

  • Factory installed Ortofon OM5E cartridge.

  • Full sized 12" platter and clear dust cover

  • Precision motor

  • 17-1/2" x 14-1/8" x 4-3/4"

  • $395.00 retail


P 3-24

          The classic P3 turntable has been completely updated. The new P3-24 features a new high performance plinth material and a return to the classic P3 styling. The stem to stern upgrades significantly improves performance in a number of areas. As the “24” designation in the name implies, the P3-24 also features a 24 Volt motor similar to the one in the P5. Thus means you can now use the optional outboard power supply, the TT-PSU for even better performance.
           You can now get the P3-24 with a factory-installed Elys 2 phono cartridge. How’s that for plug-and-play simplicity!

· No unnecessary frills · High performance · Outstanding musical sound performance for cost price · Rugged reliability · High quality components ·

Most areas of the turntable have changed, let's start with the plinth.

The Plinth
The employs phenolic resin laminates for increased rigidity and better control of resonance and vibration.

The Motor

The P3-24 uses the same very high quality low vibration motor used in the P5 & 9 turntables. The control circuitry has been adjusted for the phase angle of the motor coils resulting in very low vibration. This design change gives a considerable performance increase over the P3 2000.

The Platter

The platter is hand crafted from floated plate glass 13mm in thickness. This makes for a superb platter material as it has few resonance problems and is extremely flat.
The Tonearm
The RB300 was a great arm and Rega had quite a task to improve upon it, but that they did. The P301 uses a new vertical bearing housing which improves rigidly and reduces stress in the main 13mm bearings. This assembly is topped off with the improved RB700 bias housing and phono cable.

  • Made in  the U.K.

  • All new RB301 tonearm

  • Optional Factory installed Elys 2 cartridge

  • Full sized 12" platter and clear dust cover

  • Precision motor 24V DC

  • 17-1/2" x 14-1/8" x 4-3/4"

  • $895.00 retail, $1095 cartridge

 


The Optional Power Supply Upgrade

The TT PSU, first developed for the P7 turntable, is a high quality outboard power supply that is a simple and significant add-on to the P3-24 turntable (also for use with the P5 and P7). The TT PSU improves musical performance by conditioning the electrical supply with a synthesized low distortion crystal controlled ac input. The TT PSU gives the added convenience of electronic speed change control. $375

 


P5

Employing the all new RB700 tonearm, a one piece silicone/aluminum casting, offers exceptional rigidity and reduced mass. High precision stainless steel miniature ball race bearings are employed and have been affixed via interference fit (no adhesives required) for an ultra tight and non resonant union. The arm mounts to the plinth via a three point fixture machined from solid stainless steel.

The power supply incorporates passive equalization tuned for each motor that effectively reduces vibration and noise.  

  • RB-700 Tonearm

  • Glass platter with felt mat

  • Electronically controlled motor

  • Low mass composite plinth

  • Optional outboard electronically controlled power supply - $345

  • 17-1/2" x 14-1/8" x 4-3/4"

  • $1395 retail


P 7

The new P7 uses a number of sophisticated design concepts, construction elements and materials to achieve a new level of performance.

At the heart is the all new RB700 tonearm, a one piece silicone/aluminum casting, offers exceptional rigidity and reduced mass. High precision stainless steel miniature ball race bearings are employed and have been affixed via interference fit (no adhesives required) for an ultra tight and non resonant union. The arm mounts to the plinth via a three point fixture machined from solid stainless steel.

The high tech platter is made from compressed ceramic oxide powder which is fired and then precision ground using diamond tools. Ceramic weights ring the circumference of the underside, stabilizing the platter and improving rotational speed stability.

  • RB-700 Tonearm

  • Ceramic platter with felt mat

  • Electronically controlled 24V twin phase synchronous motor

  • Low mass composite plinth

  • 17-1/2" x 14-1/8" x 4-3/4"

  • $2795.00 retail


P 9

   The P9 is the product of twenty-five years of turntable design. This 'table, like all Rega designs, is deceptively simple. The exacting nature of the P9 requires a tremendous amount of care and effort during construction, taking fully ten times the number of man hours required to build a P3. The P9 employs a unique and exotic ceramic platter, guaranteeing a superbly precise support for the LP. The top of the line RB-900 tonearm is a blue-printed design, that

  • RB1000 Tonearm uses a one piece, cast silicone aluminum arm tube with stainless steel bearing housing and tungsten counterweight

  • Aluminum oxide ceramic platter with felt mat

  • Twin belt system for high torque

  • Massive external dual quartz electronic power supply

  • Low capacitance Klotz tonearm lead fitted with Neutrik RCA connectors

  • 17-5/8" x 14" x  4-3/4"

  • $4995.00 retail


Incognito

  • Significantly improve the sound of any Rega tonearm by rewiring with the incredible Incognito cable. Made from ultra-high quality Cardas wire, the Incognito harness replaces both the internal and external tonearm cable. The result is a single piece of wire from cartridge clips to  the male RCA's that plug into the preamp. Clearly the very best way to connect a cartridge to the preamp.
          The improvement can be dazzling! $205 for the kit only, $279 installed.

 

Michell TecnoWeight System
 

  • Replace the stub and counterweight assembly with the Michell TecnoWeight for an even more dramatic improvement. $169

 

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