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Comes with the Enjoyment-Boosting Performance Pack
Rega's new RP1 turntable was designed and engineered to achieve outstanding performance way beyond the expectations of a product at this price point.
For even more amazing performance, this version of the RP1 includes the enjoyment-boosting Rega Performance Pack. The Performance Pack includes the Rega Bias 2 moving magnet phono cartridge, an upgrade drive belt, and the high-performance turntable mat usually supplied with the more expensive P3, P5, and P7 turntables. Also included in this money-saving package is a handy and easy-to-use cartridge alignment protractor.
"It Sounds Surefooted and Confident"
"It’s a budget deck that doesn’t sound like one," raves England's What Hi-Fi? magazine in a Five Star review for November 2010. "It sounds surefooted and confident."
"For the audiophile who has yet to take the vinyl plunge… the Rega RP-1 is an easy, enthusiastic recommendation," observes Art Dudley in the May 2011 issue of Stereophile magazine. "And for all prospective owners, the RP-1 Performance Pack is a no-brainer - but wait a while before buying it, if only so you can luxuriate in the fun of hearing such small things make such a big difference. Warmly recommended."
Excellent build quality, reliability and ease of use combine to make a product, which will offer a lifetime of musical enjoyment. Omitting all the usual gimmicks allowed Rega to concentrate the manufacturing costs on the high quality parts necessary to reproduce records accurately.
"Solid Performance, Excellent Value"
"The RP1 offers solid performance, excellent value and is a great place to start listening to vinyl," notes Jeff Dorgay in Tone Audio magazine. "After extended listening sessions in three very different levels of systems, the RP1 definitely delivers a solid helping of analog magic."
"Rega's new RP-1 turntable might just be the perfect source for Stereophile's new monthly column, 'The Entry Level'," reports Stephen Mejias in his Stereophile blog for July 30, 2010. "All the cool kids are going to want one of these."
"The RP1 is a great turntable and one that will force the competition to up its game," opines Jason Kennedy in issue 339 of Hi-fi Choice magazine.
Money-saving Design Delivers High Performance Extras
The RP1 uses a highly accurate manual speed change rather than an automatic mechanism. This approach eliminates speed inconsistencies and also reduces wear of the drive belt. It has a huge added benefit, too. The money which Rega saved is spent across the design, including a new hand assembled RB101 tonearm, precision main bearing, phenolic resin flywheel effect platter, and a high quality low vibration motor which would normally be used on a turntable costing two or three times the amount.
The RP1 also comes ready-fitted with a great sounding Ortofon OM5e moving magnet cartridge.
The minimalist design of the Rega RP1 and the use of extremely high quality components ensure that this turntable will last for many years – just like every product that Rega manufactures. The RP1 is the first in a new generation of Rega turntables offering far greater performance than their predecessors.
The performance of this amazing new product will knock you out. The only thing entry level about the RP1 is the unexpectedly low price!
Upgrade Drive Belt
You'll enjoy the benefits of the upgraded drive belt in this package. The 'increased drive' results in greater speed stability and accuracy. This is especially noticeable during extended musical notes and greatly adds to the musical enjoyment of the turntable.
Bias 2 MM Phono Cartridge
The Bias 2 is a hand-assembled MM moving magnet phono cartridge that uses a high quality elliptical stylus and parallel wound coils that are usually found in cartridges costing many times the price. Housed in Rega's lightweight, high rigidity cartridge body, the Bias 2 offers a detailed, balance performance with tight bass and excellent stereo imaging.
The Performance Pack comes with a high quality turntable mat manufactured from 100 percent natural wool. Because wool has stiffer fibers than synthetic manmade materials, the wool mat directly improves coupling between the RP1's phenolic resin platter and the vinyl LP.
Rega RP1 Turntable with Performance Package
Rega RP1 Turntable
"Five Stars" - What Hi-Fi? Magazine
"It’s a budget deck that doesn’t sound like one."
"It doesn’t take long to see that the RP1 is a terrific performer for the money. It sounds surefooted and confident whether playing a heavily used copy of Holst’s The Planets or a factory fresh pressing of The XX’s Mercury-prize winning debut. In each case the Rega digs up plenty of information."
- What Hi-Fi? magazine, November 2010
"At a time when most manufacturers of high-value gear are either chasing the bigger profits they think exist upmarket or throwing in the towel altogether, Rega Research seems more dedicated than ever to the giving of more for the taking of (relatively) less."
"For the audiophile who has yet to take the vinyl plunge, and to whom a $445 purchase isn't too big a deal, the Rega RP-1 is an easy, enthusiastic recommendation. For the record lover of humbler means to whom such an investment requires months of saving and sacrificing, the Rega also transcends its cost, and has the potential for being much more than just an appliance."
"And for all prospective owners, the RP-1 Performance Pack is a no-brainer - but wait a while before buying it, if only so you can luxuriate in the fun of hearing such small things make such a big difference. Warmly recommended."
- Art Dudley, Stereophile magazine, May 2011
"Rega's new RP-1 turntable might just be the perfect source for Stereophile's new monthly column, 'The Entry Level'… All the cool kids are going to want one of these."
- Stephen Mejias, Stereophile Blog, July 30, 2010
"The RP1 offers solid performance, excellent value and is a great place to start listening to vinyl.
"After extended listening sessions in three very different levels of systems, the RP1 definitely delivers a solid helping of analog magic. When comparing the Rega to the sound of the OPPO 83SE digital player, the Rega table definitely had the edge over digital playback, sounding much more open and natural."
- Jeff Dorgay, Tone Audio magazine
"We think the RP1 is a great turntable and one that will force the competition to up its game. This is, of course, excellent news for vinyl lovers and all hi-fi aficionados."
- Jason Kennedy, Hi-fi Choice magazine, issue 339, 2010
Audio Advisor Review - Rega RP1 Turntable