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"Certified and Recommended" – Sound+Vision Magazine
"Great Value" 'Table with Arm and Phono Cartridge
The Rega RP6 turntable has been designed and engineered to achieve outstanding performance way beyond the expectations of a product at its price point.
Omitting unnecessary gimmicks allowed Rega to concentrate the manufacturing costs on the high quality parts necessary to reproduce music accurately. The RP6 is fitted with a hand-assembled RB303 tonearm, precision main bearing, and a low vibration low noise 24-volt motor assembly, which is individually hand-tuned to its circuit to further reduce vibration. The minimalist design of the Rega RP6 and the use of extremely high quality components ensure that your turntable should last for many years.
"Confidently offering a sonic uplift over the RP3, the RP6 seems to tread sure-footedly through the most difficult recorded territory, unencumbered by any audible baggage of its own," notes Paul Miller in his Hi-Fi News magazine review for April 2012. "It comes recommended as a great value either way."
"If you want analog excellence without the fuss—this is the way to roll (or spin)," reports TONEAudio magazine. "The RP6 builds on the strengths of the RP3. If you have a small room and small speakers that lack serious low-frequency extension, the RP3 may well be a great place to hang your hat. However, if your system has good low-frequency capability, you’ll notice the extra authority the RP6 musters."
"It Sure Hooked Me"
"It sure hooked me," says Brent Butterworth in the June-July-August 2012 issue of Sound+Vision magazine. "I often find flaws in vinyl playback hard to listen through, but with the RP6 I found them nearly impossible to hear." The magazine awarded the RP6 its "Certifed & Recommended Award," noting that "it sounds fantastic."
Designed using the latest 3D CAD technology, the included 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. The RB303 features a brand new tube with increased rigidity to the bearing housing, arm carrier, and headshell coupled with intelligent redistribution of mass. These advances ensure that this arm will exhibit fewer points of possible resonance. Extreme stability with almost friction-free movement from the high precision bearing assemblies will gather more information from your vinyl than ever before.
TT-PSU Power Supply
The compact TT-PSU outboard power supply for the RP6 uses a high stability, crystal-locked, low distortion sine wave generator. This, along with an efficient drive amplifier fed from a stabilized DC power supply, generates a 24-volt AC balanced signal of less than 0.05% distortion, which is completely unaffected by any changes in the mains/line voltage and conditions. This then drives the improved Rega anti-vibration circuit built into the RP6 motor PCB. The TT-PSU's push-button speed control frees you from having to move a belt to change speed.
Cast Aluminum Sub-Platter
The cast aluminum sub-platter is manufactured to the highest tolerance. It uses a six-point mounting system to ensure that the platter and the vinyl are presented as flat as possible to the stylus.
New DB 'Double Brace' Technology
Rega has pioneered the use of lightweight rigid plinths. 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 latest generation of Rega turntables 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 that can add unnatural distortions to the music. Also, heavier mass can transfer more unwanted energy such as motor or bearing noise 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 which directly addresses the issue of mass absorption and unwanted energy transmission.
Glass Flywheel Platter
The RP6 features an innovative .6"-thick two-piece platter design constructed from float glass. Manufactured using a complex and labor intensive invisible UV curing bond technique, the secondary ring platter is permanently bonded to the underside of the main platter. The extra ring adds mass to the outer circumference, which increases the natural flywheel effect of the platter. The result is improved speed stability, accuracy, and consistency.
24-Volt Low Noise Motor
The motor is a high specification, 24V twin phase synchronous unit which has the anti vibration circuit hand tuned to each motor and is controlled by Rega's unique and innovative TTPSU power supply. The motor drives the CNC machined pulley and sub platter/hub-bearing assembly via the belt drive.
Includes Stereophile"Recommended Component" Exact 2 Phono Cartridge
If you have exacting standards when it comes to analog music reproduction, the Rega Exact 2 MM phono cartridge will more than satisfy when you purchase the RP6 with the Exact 2 installed on the arm.
The original model Exact was a Stereophile"Recommended Component" in 2001. The magazine praised its explosive, energetic sound, breathtaking midrange purity, and transient snap."
According to TONEAudio magazine, "The [Exact2] cartridge reproduces delicate, low-level signals with ease, yet manages wide dynamic swings.
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.
"Mid-Priced Turntable of the Year" 2012 - The Absolute Sound Magazine
"Along with very low noise and increased resolution, the RP6 delivers sonic qualities not always associated with Rega designs, specifically a depth and forcefulness to the low frequencies, along with a macro-dynamic swing and heft we typically associate with more massive designs."
- The Absolute Sound magazine, January 2013
"Confidently offering a sonic uplift over the RP3, the RP6 seems to tread sure-footedly through the most difficult recorded territory, unencumbered by any audible baggage of its own. It makes an excellent platform for suitably priced MCs from Benz or Ortofon, for example, but otherwise there's no reason not to go for the package with Rega's own Exact. It comes recommended as a great value either way."
- Paul Miller, Hi-Fi News magazine, April 2012
"If you want analog excellence without the fuss—this is the way to roll (or spin)."
"The RP6 builds on the strengths of the RP3. If you have a small room and small speakers that lack serious low-frequency extension, the RP3 may well be a great place to hang your hat. However, if your system has good low-frequency capability, you’ll notice the extra authority the RP6 musters."
"While the Exact is an excellent plug-and-play solution for the RP6, the RB303 tonearm is capable of even more, should you decide to go further upmarket with a cartridge. While some might argue that such a move is pointless since the RP6 shares the same tonearm as the lower-priced RP3, the RP6’s advanced design allows a higher signal-to-noise ratio, permitting the RB303 to take better advantage of a premium cartridge."
"The [Exact2] cartridge reproduces delicate, low-level signals with ease, yet manages wide dynamic swings."
- TONEAudio magazine
"Certified and Recommended" – Sound+Vision Magazine
"The reason many audiophiles get their start with a Rega is that Regas deliver above-average performance at below-average prices. The new RP6 is a great example. Unless you order your RP6 in one of the seven available non-black colors (including pink!), it looks like a typical low-priced audiophile turntable. But a lot of engineering lies under the surface."
"…It sure hooked me. I often find flaws in vinyl playback hard to listen through, but with the RP6 I found them nearly impossible to hear."
"It sounds fantastic."
- Brent Butterworth, Sound+Vision magazine, June-July-August 2012
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)