Exacting Cartridge with 'Vital' Stylus
If you have exacting standards when it comes to analog music reproduction, the Rega Exact 2 MM phono cartridge will more than satisfy.
The original model Exact was a Stereophile"Recommended Component" in 2001. The magazine praised its explosive, energetic sound, breathtaking midrange purity, and transient snap."
The Exact 2 has an output of 6.8 - 7.2mV and uses a Vital stylus, which is complex fine line micro-ground from a rectangular diamond billet. High-specification parallel wound coils contribute to the superior sound quality. The mount relies on Rega’s three-point system.
Praise for Stereophile"Recommended Component" Exact Phono Cartridge
"Hand-built MM without a removable stylus that MF claimed 'will get your heart racing, that's for sure.' The Analog Kid was knocked out by its explosive, energetic sound, breathtaking midrange purity, and transient snap."
- "Recommended Component," Stereophile magazine, October 2001(review of original Exact model)
"Timbre of instruments was well balanced, sounding neither harmonically thin nor falsely fat. Considering the Exact's strong drive and excitement levels, it never went bright or harsh, a considerable achievement in my book. Overall I found myself consistently listening and responding to the music, my audio-critical faculties at bay."
"I rank the Exact among my 'Music Master' cartridges: cartridges that you listen to for deep musical satisfaction. To deliver its best, it should be matched with components that are also highly adept at communicating music. Very highly recommended."
- Hi-fi News magazine, August 1996 (review of original Exact model)
"I found myself hurrying to pull out old favorites one after the other, eager to hear them respond to the freshening up this cartridge seemed ready to give them. The Exact often seemed to bring out the dynamics in a quite unexpected way, and I can only assume that it really is extracting more of the dynamic range on the record."
- Paul Szabady, Stereo Times magazine, February 2003 (review of original Exact model)
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|Great if you are using a Rega Arm|
This is a great sounding cartridge for a turntable with a Rega arm. If you do not want to spend a lot of time tweaking a cartridge to an arm, then look no further. Within a few minutes you will be spinning your favorite records. The three point mounting makes alignment a snap. However this is just the opposite if you are trying to install it in anyone elses arm. First, I cannot find published specs for weight mass and compliance. This alone makes it hard to match the cartridge to another arm. Also, it is an alignment nightmare. The body has several tapered shapes that really make it hard to set-up properly. I tried it in 2 older arms and neither sounded good or tracked well. These same arms had no problem with cartridges that matched them over the years. Even the current line of Grados played flawlessly. In a Rega arm the Exact comes alive! It tracks well, presents a dark back round to noise, and presents a nice sound stage with good dynamics. It is non-fatiguing to listen too. In this price range it might just be the best match for an Rb250 or Rb300 tone arm. Other Thoughts: use the original Rega turntable mat unless you replace it with something of the exact thickness. This keeps the VTA just perfect for this cartridge. I also found that the 1.75g recommended tracking force sounded best. Rega sure made it easy if you have a Rega.
|- John G, NY|