Turntables: Rega P3-24 / Rega Bias 2

June 17, 2008

This is my current turntable doing fine justice to the vinyl I have collected over the years.

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It has stacks of nice low down bass, clear vocals and good stereo channel separation. It’s paired with a matching Rega Bias 2 cartridge. The tracking is fine. Even records purchased from second-hand shops and car boot sales that look badly handled (finger marks and swept across scratches) don’t upset the stylus that much to be annoyed by it.

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In comparison to my previous owned and disgraced Pro-Ject Debut II, this deck has a solid plate glass platter (that does not resonate like a bell when hit), a very stiff arm made from die-cast aluminium as a whole piece incorporating the headshell, and a vibration free synchronous motor. The only thing that vibrates is the tip of the stylus. That is exactly as it should be!

http://www.rega.co.uk/html/p3.htm

The P3-24 is a recent development of the Rega’s classic Planar 3 turntable. That design is now over thirty years old and little has changed except for the design of different tone arms – a business that Rega itself is famous for; they build tone arms (and decks) for a few other turntable manufacturers. The tone arm on the P3-24 is known as the RB301.

Maybe it was just my luck, but I found the Rega Bias 2 seemed to be a magnet for getting clogged with contaminants from dirty records. But over time this problem has receded, which is a bit of a relief as the (£50) cartridge and stylus are an inseparable unit – you have to return the cartridge to Rega to get the stylus tip replaced!


Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut II

May 9, 2008

In short this was a budget turntable with barely any bass and no deck suspension 😦 An unfortunate snap purchase that I made while failing to get another deck (A Thorens TD125 MKII found in a Notting Hill secondhand shop) fixed to maintain constant speed and tracking.

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Snap purchases are bad news sometimes. Was the cart/arm set with the wrong Vertical Tracking Angle (VTA)? Dunno. It just sounded thin and uninspiring whatever I did.