this is my first post!
opening up a can of Rega worms.
so the RP3 ($695) and planar 2 ($675) are similar in price brand new. i've been searching and reading threads but i haven't come across any direct comparisons between these two. which is better?
a brief background. i'm not an audiophile by any stretch but i have been listening to vinyl since i can remember. i'm 52 years old and i grew up listening to and collecting vinyl. it took me 10 years before i bought a CD player. but i've never owned an "audiophile" system. i like a good sound system but i'm not going too extreme. the only TT's i've ever owned are technics 1200's with some modding here and there.
amps have been Mcintosh, yamaha, bryston. and speakers like dynaudio, klipsch and jbl.
i know they will be similar in performance and quality but which one has the edge in sound overall? i know the planar 2 is a newer design but will it sound better than the RP3?
i don't have plans in the near future to upgrade any components but i would like the flexibility at some point. which TT is more upgrade friendly? and which one is best out the box?
which tonearm is better, the RB303 or the RB220?
the RP3 uses a double brace and the planar 2 doesn't. how much does the double brace design contribute to the quality of sound?
i will be trying an Audio-Technica Art 9 cart which is currently on a mostly stock SL1200 and it's the best cart i've heard on that 1200 but maybe over qualified. i've also tried this cart on an Oracle Delphi MKlV with an FR-64fx tonearm and it sounded amazing. i'm hoping it would do well on a new rega.
any Help would be appreciated. thanks!