Hi all, I just wanted to share my thoughts on why I bought a Rega.
My lifelong love for all things music and audio resurged, I would say, about two or so years ago. I had a system specifically set up for listening to lossless music from my computer, but I was really bummed on how my receiver, and 2.1 speaker setup was. It just didn't have the power to make my music sing as intended. That prompted me to start really looking into the whole audiophile world and just quality made hi-fi components.
I started with a Cambridge Audio MagicDac, and then added a NAD C 356BEE stereo integrated amp. I added in Definitive Technology StudioMonitor 450s, accompanied with the Definitive Technology SuperCube III subwoofer. Already it's a seriously major difference! That sparked me to continue finishing off my rack upgrade.
After adding the NAD C565BEE CD player, I knew my system was missing my favorite and most critical piece: The turntable! I have gone through so many hand-me-downs, especially old school all-in-one units from somewhere in the 1940s-1960s, and then settled on a Sony PSLX300H in 1997. I thought I was the bomb when I had that. I knew, though, in order to really get a terrific sound out of my records, I'd have to score something tasty. I upgraded my NAD amp to include the NAD PP375 Phono Preamp, which works with both moving coil and moving magnetic cartridges.
I chose Rega because after reading so many reviews, both in print, and online from reputable audio websites and hifi forums, it was not only a great entry turntable, but it really put money where its mouth was. I was slightly apprehensive about it originally, because of buying a turntable, tonearm, cartridge, etc., all separately. I found on Music Direct a combo deal they had with the Rega P3-24, fitted with a Rega RB-301 tonearm, Rega Elys 2 cartridge, glass plinth, upgraded motor and the Rega TT PSU. I also have the Rega Tungsten heavy counterweight, and topped it off recently with a Bren1 solid aluminum record weight. I have to say, I really would have a difficult time replacing that bad boy any time soon.
I also chose Rega because of the ample amount of upgrades one could do to it. After checking out RoDa's post
about upgrading to a GrooveTracer reference platter, I'm most likely going to do the same with an upgraded Rega belt in the near future.
I could not have been more pleased and satisfied with choosing a Rega. Well, maybe after the upgrades, I will be even more enthralled!
Every day is a new listening experience, and I am so very happy I decided to follow this path. I now have the capability of listening to vinyl, CDs, cassettes, and lossless music all from one rack.
Thank you for taking the time to read my crazy long post. I hope to be a more active member.