kalypso wrote:I don't understand the probs you have had with the xpression. As you described it (IGD), this sounded like a cartridge misalignement to me. In general, the xpression is a fine table, the problems you described are not typical.
The cart was misaligned initially. I had it realigned by the dealer, which improved things quite a bit, but not completely. The dealer I bought it from doesn't carry Pro-Ject anymore, so I took it to an authorized repair shop for warranty service to solve the problem. That's where they discovered that the original dealer had actually repaired the RCA outputs (it was a floor model), which voided the warranty. It was sold to me under the assurance that it had a full warranty from the date I bought it, so I returned it. The dealer offered me an RP3 at cost in an attempt to keep my business and avoid having to cash me out on the Xpression III. I was really happy with the Xpression III, but the Oyster was lacking. It seemed like he was offering me a far superior table in the RP3 for about the same price as a new Xpression III plus a cart upgrade. Unfortunately, I prefer the Xpression III overall.
I guess what it comes down to is that I preferred the sound of the Pro-Ject over the Rega on good recordings. On worn records or lower-quality recordings, the Rega edges ahead. And (when it's not humming) the Rega is much blacker. Does that reveal anything to any of you about my listening preferences? I know what I like, sound-wise, but I don't yet have the knowledge or experience to know what to look for or ask for to get it.