Rega P1, P2, P3 Questions

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Rega P1, P2, P3 Questions

Post by AdlerW » 21 Nov 2017 21:00

I'm thinking of buying a Rega P1, P2, or P3. Not sure which one yet as I'm not sure how much I will be able to spend.

A few questions:

1) How easy is it to change a cartridge on a Rega Planar? Are the built-in wires prone to breaking? I like to change cartridges every now and then (but not too often). I'd hope it's not too difficult to do so.
2) Do all three Rega Planar turntables have captive RCA cables? Do they have ground wires?
3) What are the exact differences between the P2 and P3?

Thank you in advance :)

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Re: Rega P1, P2, P3 Questions

Post by ClaudeG » 21 Nov 2017 21:16

Hi

1) Easy and not overly prone to breaking. Not as easy obviously as with arms with detachable headshell, but no prob for occasional swaps.

2) Yes for captive RCA. No re separate ground wire, that one is often included in the L channel mass.

3) Read the specs mate ;-)

I hoe this helps

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Re: Rega P1, P2, P3 Questions

Post by Les_Creative_Edge » 21 Nov 2017 21:32

P2 has the RB220 tone arm, P3 has the RB330 tone arm. P3 also has the added arm to hub bracing. Both can be bought with or without supplied cartridge.

As to Rega grounding the tone arm through the negative lead, there is no problem in most cases in doing this. Humm should not be any issue by this setup.

Rega is all about being relatively light weight and rigid in design. Rega makes every effort to have as few parts and breaks in connections as possible. Roy and his team are all about wanting resonances to pass through the turntable as quickly as possible during playback. This makes things like easy VTA adjustment and other things other manufactures do more difficult, but if you accept and agree with Roy's vision you will be 100% ok with this. I myself totally agree with Roy's ideals on turntable playback.

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Re: Rega P1, P2, P3 Questions

Post by AdlerW » 21 Nov 2017 21:34

Thanks. I guess I'm concerned because I have a Schiit Mani pre-amp and when I tried a U-Turn Orbit, which also doesn't have any dedicated ground wire, there were humming and buzzing issues. So I worry that the Regas would do the same thing, but I guess I can't know until I try it.

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Re: Rega P1, P2, P3 Questions

Post by ClaudeG » 21 Nov 2017 21:54

Depending on where the hum comes from you might be able to ground / connect the sleeve bearing to the pre.

Or it could make thinks worst also as double earth, well, but it is a 50 cent / 2 min try without any risk and reversible...

Can't help further, I rewired mine and have usual earth now, but TBH never had any issue before

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Re: Rega P1, P2, P3 Questions

Post by Alec124c41 » 22 Nov 2017 02:00

Easy to overlook, but the RCA plugs are sometimes a bit loose on the connectors, and don't make good contact. You should have to shove them on, not just slip them on. If they are not tight, pinch the skirts until they are.

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Re: Rega P1, P2, P3 Questions

Post by atomlow » 22 Nov 2017 05:15

Get a P3. You can connect the NEO PSU in the future as an upgrade.
I have a P3-24 that I cherish, I made a wise decision when I bought it.

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Re: Rega P1, P2, P3 Questions

Post by james73_2008 » 22 Nov 2017 15:01

I'd also go for the P3 as the arms on the P1 and P2 do not have adjustable anti-skate. Plus, the P3 is just better overall.



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Re: Rega P1, P2, P3 Questions

Post by rlwings » 11 Nov 2019 06:25

Very late but very curious... In terms of sound quality, P3 vs Technics SL-1200GR... Some say the Regas find more 'air and detail' than the Technics. Even at the the P1 level... Any thoughts? (Using same cart and pre, of course).

Might have made a mistake buying the GR for all it's mechanical wonder... My Rega P1 sounded better! (From memory). Even after I bought OCC coper $200 RCA's and litz cart wires... Brought the two much closer, but I fear that the Rega still had more detail and air than the Technics... Keep feeling like something's missing from the Technics. (Although the bass and 3D drive is spectacular on the Technics).

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Re: Rega P1, P2, P3 Questions

Post by mtqpier » 12 Nov 2019 00:33

rlwings wrote:
11 Nov 2019 06:25
Very late but very curious... In terms of sound quality, P3 vs Technics SL-1200GR... Some say the Regas find more 'air and detail' than the Technics. Even at the the P1 level... Any thoughts? (Using same cart and pre, of course).

Might have made a mistake buying the GR for all it's mechanical wonder... My Rega P1 sounded better! (From memory). Even after I bought OCC coper $200 RCA's and litz cart wires... Brought the two much closer, but I fear that the Rega still had more detail and air than the Technics... Keep feeling like something's missing from the Technics. (Although the bass and 3D drive is spectacular on the Technics).
I think you should start your own tread if you want more informations for your question.

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Re: Rega P1, P2, P3 Questions

Post by regabob » 12 Nov 2019 16:48

@OP: I think you've got all the answers to your questions in the replies. Now, I guess its up to you to decide...

However, I will add that the cartridge plugs are extremely delicate, and changing them requires a steady hand, a good eye and a pair of tweezers. Not something you'd want to do too often!

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Re: Rega P1, P2, P3 Questions

Post by Lion89 » 12 Nov 2019 17:22

Hi,
Has to be P3 if you want absolute freedom to change carts, as others have mentioned.

You cannot ‘secondary’ ground a Rega P1,2 or 3. You will create buzz/ hum. This from experience.

Respect

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Re: Rega P1, P2, P3 Questions

Post by MetalT75 » 13 Nov 2019 07:30

regabob wrote:
12 Nov 2019 16:48
However, I will add that the cartridge plugs are extremely delicate, and changing them requires a steady hand, a good eye and a pair of tweezers. Not something you'd want to do too often!
I have to agree. I've broken one and after that had all of them taken off, re-soldered and strengthened with heat shrinks. In my case there was a manufacturing defect. The plugs were hanging from the bare wires and not how they are supposed to be attached. The cartridge lead is supposed to go through a small hole in the plug so that also the wire insulation goes through that hole. Mine didn't, only the bare wires. It took only a couple of slight wiggles and *snap*.

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Re: Rega P1, P2, P3 Questions

Post by Alec124c41 » 13 Nov 2019 12:58

Note that this thread was started 2 years ago,

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