Originally Posted by Pangaea
Primarily speakers, but I will also run a line to my HR Desktop Amp- and my only option is to buy online. I live in a small military town and have zero hifi shops.
The main reason I asked is if your using it mostly with headphones, then the plinth is not a huge issue since the vibration issues are diminished. If you had a hifi shop nearby, then the cartridge setup would be a non-issue as well.
So, based on these factors, I agree with Unkle Eric and nikongod that audiogon is probably your best bet. In many ways a used P3 would work really well since the RB300 is a great tone-arm that doesn't break the bank, especially when bought used on audiogon. Just know that vibration isolation could be an issue, depending on where it is sitting, and how loud you like to crank your speakers.
As far as the whole Rega sound issue goes, I can only say that six years ago when I was demoing tables, I listened to Regas and Pro-Jects, and thought they were somewhat similar in sound, but at that time the Pro-Ject was a better value. That was largely a factor of buying a British built table vs. buying a Czech built table, both based on similar designs. The savings allowed me to buy a better cartridge, and because of that, I ended up with a better sounding source.
Since then I have found that I now primarily listen to vinyl, and the limitations of the plinth on the Pro-Ject led me to looking at tables again this year. This time I decided to spend a lot more, and listened to Regas, Roksans, and VPIs, and I found, for me
, the sound of the Roksan Radius 5 and the VPI Scout to be far better - way more musical. This probably has something to do with the Unipivot arm design. I ended up buying a VPI. But I'm not ditching my Pro-Ject, because it is wonderful as a headphone source, so it is just going to be moved into my office for headphone use.
Okay I'll stop rambling and just say you probably can't go wrong with a Pro-Ject or a Rega. I just wish you had a way to go demo some tables first and then let your ears decide.