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    Rega P10

    Anybody have experience with the Rega P10?



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    Re: Rega P10

    It looks great and fantastic review in Stereophile. I am very happy with my RP8!
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    Re: Rega P10

    I have a Palmer 2.5 that Iíve had for years and the P10 has me smitten. Unbelievable!


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    Re: Rega P10

    The Rega does not get a ton of love in "Audiophile" forums, however it received a fantastic review in Stereophile. I really enjoy my RP8 and recently a vinylphile friend, the leader of our local audio club was over. He was very surprised by the RP8. He did not believe it could be as good as it is. He has mentioned it a couple times in phone calls since then and always says that it is a wonderful table and I would have to go at least $10k-$15k to get any other table to even consider as an upgrade, in his view. It definitely does what I need in a table, especially when matched with one of their cartridges. I agree with you on the Plannar 10. Would one of those for sure .
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    Re: Rega P10

    I agree, the Rega RP8 and P8 are amazing turntables that provide sound quality that is vastly out of proportion to their cost and appearance.

    I had an RP8 and an RP10 at the same time for a while, and currently have a P8. I bought my RP8 when I had the much more expensive AMG Viella, which I just wasn't enjoying. I sold the AMG and kept the Rega. I then tried the top spec Linn LP12 with Radikal, Ekos SE etc, again at about 6 times the cost of the Rega. And again I preferred the RP8.

    That was when I bought the RP10 expecting it to be be much better than the RP8. In some ways it was - image size, drama, speed - but it was also bright, brittle sounding and a little fatiguing, which I ultimately attributed to the ceramic platter. I preferred the RP8 and sold the RP10.

    But then I bought my final turntable, a Kuzma Stabi Ref (with a variety of arms over time, including the Kuzma Stogi Ref, Kuzma 4 Point, Audio Origami PU7 and Alphason HR100), and this was finally a noticeable step up from the Rega. But it took a while to find a turntable and arm combination to beat the humble Rega RP8, and even then with some arm and cartridge combinations the Rega could still compete in musicality and dynamics. But I was happy with the Kuzma so sold the RP8.

    Recently I found myself missing the Rega sound again and bought a P8 to sit alongside my Kuzma. (I didn't buy the P10 because of the ceramic platter.) It sounds amazing. I could easily live with this as my only turntable. It is highly engaging, musical and toe-tapping. It can easily get the best out of a high end cartridge and phono stage and provides the bass depth and imaging of a much more expensive deck. My Kuzma with (currently) an Alphason arm is better still, but not by much and the margin is not as big as you might expect given the difference in cost.

    The current Rega decks are bargains at their respective prices.

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    Re: Rega P10

    Rossb - Are you using a spacer under the tonearm on the P8 with the Dynavector XX-2 MKII?
    That's one limitation I find with Rega arms is that you can't make fine adjustments to VTA which some cartridges require to optimize.

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    I'm not using a spacer, although I was expecting to. Previous Rega turntables - other than the RP10 - needed spacers for most cartridges. The RP10 didn't and now it appears the P8 doesn't. I suspect the current Rega MC cartridges are a little taller than the old ones because the upper end arms also seem to be a bit taller. The XX2 is probably at the limit and may benefit from 1mm at most, but it is close to level now and is sounding good.

    Asa you point out, most other arms have VTA adjustment but not "fine" VTA adjustment, since few others use the VTA tower or micrometer approach of the Kuzma 4 Point, upper end VPI arms or Triplanar. Most arms in my experience - even quite expensive ones - use the traditional pillar and grub screw method, which does not easily give repeatable or accurate VTA settings, and are generally not much better than using spacers on Rega arms, and probably less so because you can adjust a Rega arm to 0.5mm accuracy using spacers.

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