Well I am back to complete the review!
I will explain the improvements to the performance of the Rega in detail. For those who want a quick summary: WOW!!
I will point out that I do not necessarily master the vocabulary of all terms musical. In writing this review I am attempting to convey with words what I sense and feel when listening to music. Some of it might sound technically wrong, or even weird. If you wish to voice criticisms, please make them of the constructive kind
The records I listened to, to evaluate (and very much appreciate) my new Rega SRM-Tech table are the following:
Synchronicity - The Police
Morning phase - Beck
Solace - Sarah Mclachlan
Boys don't cry - Rumer
The Pink Panther soundtrack - Henry Mancini
Sharon Van Etten - Epic
Anne Bisson - Blue Mind
I have so many more I want to listen to. So many records, so little time
The first thing that I noticed was the noise floor. Talk about a BLACK background. The silence from the grooves is amazing.
The decay of notes is so much more sustained and real. I always thought the Rega was excellent at this compared to digital sources. But now, it's almost as if the table in its former iteration cut off notes abruptly and quickly. Cymbal shimmers decaying ever so slowly and gently are something to hear. All of those little sounds you hear with live musicians; like their fingers sliding along the frets of a guitar, seem to come out of nowhere. The sound has taken a very big leap towards sounding more real and live.
The tiny nuances that make music so enjoyable are so much more present. Female voices from singers like Sarah Mclachlan and Sharon Van Etten, who are gifted at sustaining rich gentle harmonies with delicacy are simply breathtaking.
My speakers are robust towers. They are a 3 way ported design, with each speaker having three 7 inch dedicated woofer drivers. That is a total of six 7 inch drivers to provide deep bass. My Naim 5i integrated really pushes them to deliver bass. (Sidenote: I had the 150 watt per channel NAD 375BEE for six months, with the same sources and speakers as I do now. The little Naim with its 50 watts makes the speakers put out more bass and OOMPH than the NAD. That is when I concluded that 1 British watt = 3 Chinese watts, and then some! But I digress).
I also have the Michell tecnoweight on the RB301. The Tecnoweight added a lot of bass. The point is, I was not expecting more bass. I thought I was pretty maxed out bass wise with my system. I was Wrong with a capital W!
More bass, but mostly better bass. Synchronicity is an album I have had in one form or another since its release in 1983. I know this album better than some of my bodily limbs. I always considered Sting an above average bassist; but now, is he great or what?!?! I listened to that album amazed at the bass I was hearing. A pulsating, rhythmic perfectly timed and nuanced bass. I am not sure how else to describe it. I am talking open mouth, "what am I" hearing sort of bass.
As if that was all… I will drop by when I can and leave more listening impressions. The important thing I want to share, is that the improvements the RSB have made, start from the very bottom and go to the very top of the frequency spectrum. I was not expecting as much. If I sound giddy, well I am!
I have put a lot of upgrades into my turntable (check out my signature). I happily recommend them all. They all improve the sound of the Rega.
But, the Groovetracer Reference sub platter is that one upgrade that made the most improvement. Once I put it on my table, my Rega looked twice as expensive. And, from the first few notes I heard, I knew I had a winner. A very big sonic upgrade. Although I recommend and enjoy the contributions of all the upgrades I have installed, the Groovetracer Reference sub platter was the only one I called truly special.
Well now, there are two.
If I could only have 2 upgrades, it would be the Groovetracer sub and the Rega silent base.
(But I still want them all