I've just upgraded from an Elys 2 to an Exact on my RP5 as I had a 20% discount voucher to use. Out of the box, set up the Rega way it impressed immediately, however the bass was booming a little too much for my liking & on one record that had always played mint, I noticed the first song, the arm jumped a second or so into the song, clipping the intro. Having 2 TTs, the other for Mono, I tried the record on that & it was fine. I then remembered using the Baerwald protractor one time before on my other Rega, before I placed the Ortofon Mono cartridge on it, though I did That time (with the Elys), return to the Rega set up. After much fiddling & with the cartridge sticking unattractively out of the front of the headshell, the record no longer had the clipped intro, the bass was clear & less booming & the last track of most all records seemed a lot clearer, with less minor distortion than I recall with the Elys ( set up Rega style ).
I know this has probably been discussed untold times here & I did try to find such threads so as to not start a new one but couldn't find one, sorry. Anyone else had similar finds? I'm happy with the set up, if it hadn't been so fiddly I would go back Rega set up just to compare but am loathe to lose this sweet spot!