I'll jump in here, as I'm seeing (what I see as) some misinformation.
The regas (aside from the P1) are significantly better built than their equivalent music hall and pj counterparts. They also have exceptional arms.
However, the pj's at least have rudimentary suspensions, so they don't requre an absolutely rock solid platform.
In short, if you have suspended floors, you will NEED a shelf system for a rega.[LEFT]
Originally Posted by TimJo
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.
I really don't understand this. I could understand someone saying "Do you remain absolutely still under all circumstances while listening" but whether it's with headphones or speakers if your floor moves so will the rega. I dj'd for years, and only under extreme circumstances did the speakers feedback on the cartridge. The first time was a terry mullan show featuring woody mcbride's "wall of bass". This was also the first night I ever felt so much bass that I ruped a little in my mouth. The second time was at a lounge where the mgmt made the decision to mount 18" woofers onto the dj booth. I hope you don't plan on doing either of these.
I also disagree with that you should buy something used online if you are not capable of (or unwilling to) set up a cartridge. In that case you need to find someone who can do that for you and most of the time that would be a dealer. Alternatively, finding someone local would be a huge bonus.
The KAB technics is pretty highly recommended by many, but then you hear that the most effective upgrade is the power supply and I always thought that was the strength of the T12. An acquaintance of mine has the 1200 with the rega arm and origin live adapter. Apparently it's the bee's knees but I haven't had a chance to check it out.
I really don't have any suggestions for what I think you should buy. I do suggest that you read up and become familiar with the myriad of alignments (overhang, vta, azimuth) that a turntable requires. Putting some time playing around with with your current setup will result in audible benefits. Picking up a dirtcheap ebay cart and practicing installing it won't hurt either!
For me, I love my current suspended deck, and I've owned quite a few of the classics (but not the linn). I'd really like to move up the gyro, but I went back to grad school instead.