HBA wrote:I can say that I am also a Rega fan. My first "serious" TT was a Planar 3 and I was really surprised by its sound quality. Afterwards, I got a P7...much better..and now I am a proud owner of a Rega P9 which one I have already upgrade by adding the white belts and Herbie´s lab mat...very soon I will install the VTAF from Pete Riggle..the P9 is just amazing , playing on the same league as players costing at least twice..let´s wait for the P10...I can not even imagine how it goes to play..
pulsetsar wrote:It sounds weird but it's true.
I had been an audiophile for 10 years before taking the vinyl plunge. Before I had pursued digital heavily, being well invested in the SACD and DVD-audio discs and even dabbled in multichannel. While I really enjoyed the sound of SACDs I quickly grew tired of waiting for my favorite music to come out in that format. I had a great CD player and tons of CDs but the sound was never quite pleasing enough to my ears. I had heard vinyl and really appreciated the sound but this was only on very expensive rigs. It didn't occur to me to try out less expensive turntables because I just assumed the sound would be so inferior to the great digital sources I already had.
Then my wife inherits a bunch of old Bollywood LP's from her family and starts nagging me to get a turntable so we can listen to them. I put this off for about a year because I didn't want to spend the money on just any turntable and didn't have the time to do any fair auditions. Finally, before Christmas, I went to my local dealer and did some auditions.
The first table I listened to was the entry-line Project. Man was I shocked by the performance! When I saw the $300 price tag I immediately cursed myself for not looking into this sooner. Although I liked the sound right off, I wanted to compare so the dealer brought out a Rega P1. I wasn't struck by a huge difference initially, but one thing the dealer noticed when I was listening to the Rega was I was sitting back relaxed and tapping my foot to the music, whereas with the Project I was leaning forward with a strained look on my face. He actually swapped back to the Project and observed me again before telling me this - a very cool test! Well, I demoed the Rega at home and here I am, 2 cartridges and 40+ LP's (and counting) later!
Oh, and the wife barely listens to the thing now!
banerjba wrote:Those old Bollywood LPs would likely sound dreadful. I have a handful (I am East Indian) but mostly it is Indian Classical. Only about 10 Indian records in my collection of over 2,000 though.