"Recommended Component" 2013 - Stereophile
"Easy to Recommend," Says Stereophile
The highly anticipated RP3 is the next step up from Rega's critically acclaimed RP1. It has been designed and engineered to achieve outstanding performance way beyond the expectations of a product at this price point.
Excellent build quality, reliability, and ease-of-use combine to make a product which can offer a lifetime of musical enjoyment. By omitting unnecessary gimmicks, Rega was able to concentrate the manufacturing costs on the high quality parts necessary to reproduce records accurately. The RP3 is fitted with a brand new hand-assembled RB303 tonearm, a precision main bearing, and a low-vibration, low-noise 24v motor assembly, which is individually hand tuned to further reduce vibration.
"For $1095, the RP3-RB303-Elys 2 combo is a plug 'n play package that's beautifully built, well engineered, and sounds wonderful. It's easy to recommend, and I do," reports Michael Fremer in the December 2011 issue of Stereophile magazine, which awarded the RP3 its coveted "Recommended Component" status in the April 2013 issue.
"For this longtime Rega fan, the improvements heard with the RP3 are among the most dramatic – strike that – are the most dramatic I can recall in this company's long history," notes Wayne Garcia in the July/August 2012 issue of The Absolute Sound magazine.
"A New Legend is Born"
"The RP3 stands as one of the best price/performance 'tables on the market today," raves Jeff Dorgay in ToneAudio magazine. "A new legend is born."
"These additions bring the Rega RP3 above and beyond the performance of its predecessor, and should provide dedicated vinyl lovers an impressive sound at an incredibly competitive price - and giving those already considering the Rega RP1 some very serious thought!" notes the Audio-T blog for July 1, 2011
Double Brace Technology
Rega has pioneered the use of lightweight rigid plinths in its turntables. Clever use of lightweight particulate core with a highly rigid phenolic resin skin became the foundations of the high level of performance achieved by the now iconic Planar turntable range.
The RP3 takes this design philosophy to the next level. A super lightweight plinth combined with a phenolic resin double brace mounted specifically where the increased rigidity is required (between the tonearm mounting and the main hub bearing) forms a structurally sound 'stressed beam' assembly. This rigid plinth design prevents energy absorption and unwanted resonances, which add unnatural distortions to the music.
Heavier mass can transfer more unwanted energy from the motor or a 'noisy' bearing directly into the rotating record. The use of braces instead of the complete skin allows double-thickness phenolic resin in these key areas while providing further weight reduction to the plinth. This directly addresses the issue of mass absorption and unwanted energy transmission.
The RB303 Tonearm Makes the Best Even Better
Designed using the latest 3D CAD and CAM technology, the new RB303 is the culmination of more than 30 years of tonearm design experience. Due to advances in technology, Rega has been able to fine tune the iconic RB300 tonearm design. This arm will exhibit fewer points of possible resonance, thanks to a brand new tube with increased rigidity to the bearing housing, arm carrier, and headshell, coupled with an intelligent redistribution of mass. Extreme stability with almost friction-free movement from the high precision bearing assemblies means that more information can be gathered from your vinyl than ever before.
Rega Elys2 Phono Cartridge
You'll think you've landed in the fields of Elysium when you add the heavenly sound quality of the Rega Elys 2 MM phono cartridge to your Rega RP3. The Elys 2 uses an elliptical diamond stylus. High-specification parallel wound coils contribute to the superior sound quality. The mount relies on Rega's three-point system.
Rega RP3 Turntable
"For $1095, the RP3-RB303-Elys 2 combo is a plug 'n play package that's beautifully built, well engineered, and sounds wonderful. It's easy to recommend, and I do."
- Michael Fremer, Stereophile magazine, December 2011
"For this longtime Rega fan, the improvements heard with the RP3 are among the most dramatic – strike that – are the most dramatic I can recall in this company's long history."
- Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound magazine, July/August 2012
"With so much chatter about high-resolution digital files and new $1,000-and-under DACs introduced on what feels like a monthly basis, it's refreshing to see this much dedication spent on an equally priced turntable. The RP3 stands as one of the best price/performance 'tables on the market today. If you can add the Exact and TT-PSU to your budget, all the better. But if not now, they certainly make for a great upgrade path as you go further down the road. Enthusiastically recommended."
"A new legend is born."
- Jeff Dorgay, ToneAudio magazine
"These additions bring the Rega RP3 above and beyond the performance of its predecessor, and should provide dedicated vinyl lovers an impressive sound at an incredibly competitive price - and giving those already considering the Rega RP1 some very serious thought!"
- Audio-T Blog, July 1, 2011