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Hand-Built Using Improved Bearings and a Tightened Spindle-Fit Tolerance
The RB808 tonearm is packed with new features pushing the boundaries of tonearm design. As with all Rega tonearms, it is meticulously hand built by a team of highly skilled technicians. The RB808 has improved bearings and a tightened spindle fit tolerance over previous models. Each bearing is individually selected to find the perfect match for the chosen spindle. This is a proven method of increasing the amount of detail retrieved from the record surface.
"It incorporates a new low mass, precision-engineered vertical bearing assembly, a new glossy and very attractive powder coat finish and new, flexible, low capacitance Germany-sourced cables terminated with twist-clamp type plugs," notes Michael Fremer in his April 9, 2014 AnalogPlanet.com review of the Rega RP8 turntable.
A brand new low mass precision engineered vertical bearing assembly has been manufactured to further complement the inherent design philosophy of the RP8 turntable. The RB808 uses the latest Rega arm tube. It is completely redesigned to redistribute mass, further reduce stresses and resonances. This advanced design tube increases the stiffness and rigidity of the overall assembly using CAD design to blend the multiple varying tapers.
Externally Rega has fitted a bespoke Rega-designed low capacitance phono cable, which uses an advanced phono plug assembly. This has only two parts to minimize joints and incorporates a twist and clamp design locking the plug to the terminal. The design increases connectivity and ensures the signal path is kept as clean as possible.
"It's hand-built using improved bearings and a tightened spindle-fit tolerance. It incorporates a new low mass, precision-engineered vertical bearing assembly, a new glossy and very attractive powder coat finish and new, flexible, low capacitance Germany-sourced cables terminated with twist-clamp type plugs."
- Michael Fremer, AnalogPlanet.com, April 9, 2014 review of the Rega RP8 turntable.