gmjones2001 wrote:So has a consensus been agreed upon yet? Should somebody with nothing go RP3 or RP6? Is the RP6 worth twice the price?
No consensus but here is my take on it.
If your one of the many people that will run a new deck as delivered then the RP6 will give you marginally better sound than the 3 but it costs a lot more.
Is it worth it? Well having heard them both I would say no, unless you prefer the look of the RP6 as well. Don't forget as the 6 comes with TT PSU you can change between 33 and 45rpm without having to remove the platter and mess with the belt. This is the only reason I can think of for buying the RP6 in preference to the RP3
As Frank says "manufacturing cost can be trimmed by sharing," and I suspect this is why Rega have chosen to fit the new RB303 arm to both the RP3 and RP6. But Rega have shot themselves in the foot here because it brings the two decks closer together in terms of sound and the RB303 is mighty. If they had fitted the old RB300 arm to the 3 I would probably have bought the RP6.
If you intend buying either deck with the intention of upgrading it then the Rega sub-platter will have to go as it is the weakest point on both decks. Remember that both share the same sub-platter; forget the alloy plate on the 6, it's there so the the new RP6 platter fits and will in my view, make no difference to the sound. By the time you have removed the platter/sub-platter from the RP6 its purchase in preference to the RP3 is all but pointless unless you want the glossy finish.