Rega - P2 - Turntable with RB250 Tonearm with Bias 2 Cartridge


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Pros: The sound, the experience, the sound,
Cons: It's a turntable, so requires thought,
Rega have been producing turntables for a long time and this one is a credit to the brand name. I consider myself to own a good dac which can be passed through a reasonably good amp and to some good speakers. I listen to most of my music this way. I also, however, have a wide taste in music and some record labels still release all their music on vinyl only and i have one of these beauties for such music.
As much as I enjoy music when it's played through my dac, the whole process of getting an lp out of the sleeve, setting up the turntable and setting the tone arm is much more rewarding. It sounds stunning! You can enjoy the music much more on a turntable. It may be purely placebo but it sounds more detailed, vibrant and transparent and is a joy to use.
I use my P2 with an Ortofon cartridge and a Rega RB301 tone-arm which it had when I got it and it even looks great sitting on top of my CD player. With any turntable 90% of the amplification to speakers is done by the phono pre-amp so it's important not to skimp on that part, I use one derived from a Nelson Pass design but there are many good, suitable ones available. The base of the unit is strong, heavy and rigid and as a result it feels stable. I can't think of a single way to get the sound quality at the price (maybe another turntable I havent tried). Regardless, the Rega P2 is a great turntable at a good price.
I whole heartedly recommend the P2, with, obviously, a good phono-stage.
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Which one Ortofon are you using and do you have in mind some good phono stage alternatives? Looking for first TT and what I have now is Marantz PM6004 phono input in my integrated amp able to use MM catridge.