Come back and talk to me then, if you like , Hi Paul, you will recall that I did in the end purchase the Planar 3 to replace my Planar 1 and am very happy with it. Great! I’ll definitely reach out when I am looking for the next upgrade. On one hand, it seems to make sense but on the other if in the end, I am going for the Planar 6 (which comes with the NEO), it could be a waste of money. A Pro-Ject MM would be an ideal, low cost choice. . The Q Acoustic range look promising, so i will check them out. Then comes back to me with a budget and I can help at that time. All that said, I have looked a bit closer at the AM10 and I’m coming round to how it looks a bit more. Regards the all in one DM41, I don’t mind spending a bit more for noticeable audio quality, so would the Marantz MR612 (for example) be a significant improvement. A turntable specialist will see it. Error posting question. or the Funk Firm Gett! I have access to the converter cable for the line input on the H1, so no worry there. The plinth is also new…as is the 23mm, higher mass, phenolic platter. The Onkyo has a nice amp stage but it produces more veiling noise because of the host of extra, included features. All the best in the new year. Hi Lee – you mean this one? In general terms for lower cost designs, I’d look at Q Acoustic. Nothing wrong with a Dansette but separates will certainly help your sonics. It was a news item. Yeah there are a fair few cables in the vicinity of the turntable. Blimey, we audiophiles do go on a journey sometimes don’t we, eh? The budget would be 250€ (the prices in Greece are a bit higher). It can't compare to my old Empire 698, and when I get my 698 repaired, this one will be retired. Hi Paul! Brian. You can build a Rega-based system for much less money (and spend around $500 each on the amp and then speakers) and save for a future series of hifi upgrades or you can send the Planar 1 back (if possible, not sure how you’re fixed with that one) get your cash back and start again. I understand that having a separate phono stage is preferential but my thinking with the Denon was that I could used the integrated phono stage in the interim and then fork out the extra £90 for the Rega Fono later down the line, when I have the opportunity to sneak it in . This is an obvious cost-cutting measure for Rega. Why? It’s all very well having a strong bass but if it lacks any sense of the organic then it tends to lose emotion (unless that’s the artist’s intention, of course). The source is the most important part of a vinyl system. But the Rega gives you so much to begin with, the need to upgrade is not as great in the first place. If sound quality is the most important aspect of your purchase, go for the Rega. Or the quality if something else would have to be reduced to free up the extra cash required. Primary i wanted to upgrade my current entry level turntable which i connected by bluetooth to the muso and done the job ok but terrible stylus so was close to buying the sony which i could have swopped out and used blue tooth to muso, but as i started to buy vinyl ive been focusing on vinyl and getting that sound improved but now after investing what i have for the system and potential another £600 on the Brio it would be nice to stream using my TIDAL account or other type of stream. While reading the comments I understood that the whole setup must be balanced, and in my setup it seems like the speakers are way above the rest… Here it is: Numark TT1510 (no comments..), Behringer PP400, Yamaha MG10, 2x Genelec 8030A. I have not a big budget so i focused on RAGA1. As it is, the sound will still be pretty good – so don’t worry about that. “I’ve had a quick look for the user manual, but can’t fine one… but going by what I can find there is a 3.5mm jack line input, which may work with the Fono – worth a try Hey Paul, I just stumbled upon your article and its comments section – wow, what a goldmine! Before we go any further, what’s your priority here? Thank you, Paul. A couple of years have passed since you replied to Will so I wanted to check if you still recommend the same setup (pre-amp, amp and cables etc?) Looking at speakers such as B&W 606 if you think this would be a good choice with either of the two amps mentioned above? The P1 suffered from a touch more noise which meant that mids on the vocal smeared a little producing a touch of stridency on crescendos. In terms of a tuner? My question is it worth upgrading to the Riga 10mm glass plattern would The upgrade give an improvement in sound quality? But Rega went out of its way to design every element of this stellar plug-n-play 'table to ensure you enjoy scintillating fidelity from your LPs. Hi Paul, Does the new turntable enhance sound quality at all? If it’s a minor source of music then go for that and use the cheapest Audio Technica cart with an elliptical stylus. I’m not familiar with phono amps and what makes one better than another. The Mani is excellent, here is my review: https://theaudiophileman.com/schitt-mani/ The rest of my set-up is a Cambridge Audio 640 A Azur V.2 amp and a pair of Spica TC 60 (difficult to find now as the company went out of business some years ago). Other sites, such as Gumtree, have models available for between £170 and £200. Yep, go for it. So, I’d recommend taking the plunge. But, I’m now thinking of getting separates. I have two choices, either the Planar 1 or 2 as I can´t afford the 3. Sounds incredible and the white version with the acrylic platter looks like something Steve Jobs would have designed if Apple made turntables (that’s a compliment). Finally, I do lean towards a ‘warmer’ sound so if I did go the whole new setup route, would moving to a valve based pre-amp like the Pro-Ject Tube Box DS be a better bet? I’m guessing I’ve listened to around 600-700 hours worth of music on it. Your thoughts on these or other similar/better options would be appreciated. No, the idea was to have the preamp separate. My old Rega Planar 2 is now looking decidedly battered and bruised, and almost certainly needs a new drive motor. Again, the music provided a humanistic feel. The earlier problems were clearly because of the phono input on the pioneer. You’re fine. Your advice us much appreciated. These are speakers with an amp built in. The source is critical as it’s the bit that retrieves the information. I have a Densen B 110 amplifier and Epos M 15 speakers, and I´m looking for a turntable. My sons have bought me the Planar 1 for Christmas knowing that I have a stack of vinyl that has not been played for around 20 years. What would be your advice? : https://theaudiophileman.com/gett/. Hi David – yep, you shouldn’t have any issues with that. I’m building a vinyl system and already have the Teufel 40 MK2 speakers. And yes, upgrades are very useful indeed. Brief content visible, double tap to read full content. Thanks for the question, Jason – if sound quality is your ultimate priority, the Rega is the one to go for. Nick, Hi Nick – Hmmm The solution I offer is just that, a solution but it’s over budget. I’m planning to buy a turntable. Thanks! The Denon RCD-M41DAB w/ Q Acoustics 3020i Speakers bundle looks to pretty much meet my needs (though open to alternate suggestions), but would like to be able to spin some vinyl too, so looking for a decent turntable too, circa £300. and 2) a friend of mine purchased one of their original P1 units many years ago and I thought it looked and sounded fantastic. I fully understand that a Rega Planar 1 isnt good enough for my system. I’m looking for a new turntable. One of the legends of the budget turntable genre, Rega’s introductory turntable design, the P1, was first introduced in 2005 with a MDF platter. I will see if I can find a P3 in the price range of £550 because in The Netherlands a P3 costs £715 (€799). Hi Paul, Now the question. The featured Carbon includes a spherical stylus tip – you could upgrade it to a cartridge with an elliptical stylus tip to increase sonic detail. Now I am planning to upgrade my C. Audio Azur 640 V 2 amp which is about 12 years old. A: I’d then grab a Pro-Ject phono amp from Amazon for around £65 or so to enhance sound quality further but at a value price (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pro-Ject-Phono-Box-MM-Amplifier-Black/dp/B000YEK1AQ). Otherwise, a Planar 1 is an excellent buy. I’m based in Singapore so the Planar 1 cost around £300. Again, when you can? The Azur is a good amp, though, if funds are tight. Customer Questions Sort that now and don’t worry about it. Any alternatives? My current set-up is a Rega Planar 1, connected a sound bar Yamaha YAS-207 with a Rega Mini Fonos A2D. It does everything that a budget turntable can do and should do in terms of its consideration towards the customer but also its respect for the ears of the same in its search for top quality sound for the asking price. Behind the Francis vocal was a tight guitar strum, thought most of the song that sat alongside a series of cymbal taps. I wanted to provide a specialised service for those who kindly support me so I’m planning a new area – although it might be a while away yet. First off is the Rega Fono Mini A2D. Simple as that. Second, I wanted to give a quick update on how this all turned out; things kind of went sideways but in the end turned out for the best. Nice products. But in the end I had to return it because it simply cannot hold a steady pitch. I must add that, in sonic terms, I haven’t compared the E3 with the 2100, I’m afraid. In that sense, would the Brio be capable of doing this? Two questions, please … The weight is at the correct point and you can move on. Although they are more than 10 years old they still perform pretty well I think. Hi Nuno – thanks for your note. If beneficial is it possible on the Brio ? I’m in the US so the Rega Planae 1 comes more expensive, so how does it compare to a Fluance RT85 or a Debut Carbon ? Yeah, I made sure the cables don’t touch each other; my bedroom is quite small so they were as straight as they could be. If/when you want to upgrade from there, give me a shout. And then attach a pair of Q Acoustics 3020 speakers for $200 : https://www.amazon.com/Acoustics-Compact-Bookshelf-Speakers-American/dp/B00TR7BB8W/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1514311408&sr=1-2&keywords=q+acoustics+3020 This means a lightweight and sturdy turntable that is assembled and easy to use. Glad to be of help, Dina. Great for digital convenience but not the best route for vinyl. Get the best you can afford, Jason – it does make a difference. Cambridge used to do a nice tuner, others include Quad, Marantz, NAD, Arcam, some of Sony’s old tuners were decent too. Worth saving the extra few Euros, I reckon. I think, at this price point, which I know most would say is the budget end of the market, that the Elys suits my system well enough (Denon 880R into Castle Chester’s bi-wired). Noise masks musical information. Yep you need an elliptical upgrade. – Rega Planar 1 The Rega brio and Audiolab 6000a look like serious contenders but don’t have tone controls which due to my age I need to be able to tweak the sound. If the budget is low I would suggest looking at eBay for a second hand model. the B&W 606 speakers would only actually be costing £300 so only £50 more than the 3020i? Talk to any turntable beginner about anti-skate and most will think it involves lots of ice somewhere or other. A store assistant recommended the Pro-Ject – Debut Carbon, Rotel – A10 – Integrated Amplifier and Q Acoustics – 3010i as a budget set up. The Rega Planar 1 Turntable comes with a factory fitted Rega Carbon cartridge which is a high-quality moving magnet pick-up cartridge designed to be simple to set up, easy to install, and above all accurately reproduce music. Keep the HT for your AV requirements and invest in a separate chain, headed by the Rega plus a new amp and speakers for audiophile music use. This is where the information is taken, right from the grooves. I have just purchased the Rega Planar 1 at £249 as money is a bit tight. Back again (apologies Paul) what are your thoughts on the edifier range of powered speakers for a minimalist set up. So I went to see the fabled Kenwood beast and the short of it is, it wasn’t nearly as “mint” as it was so described to me. I’m not sure, however, whether it would bring out the best of the Rega compared with option 2. Do you have a DVD/Blu-ray player? . Thermoset, gloss laminated plinth with vastly improved appearance and new ergonomically positioned on/off switch located on the underside. Also, get the Nagaoka MP-110 cartridge along with the Schiit Mani preamp to go with it and you will have the holly trio of a semi-budget vinyl system! Speaker cables can be had here for £59 for 3m: https://www.amazon.co.uk/QED-XTC-Pre-terminated-speaker-cable/dp/B00RXRJRCA/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1514490584&sr=8-8&keywords=performance+speaker+cables+qed, Hello Paul. Tone arm seems decent and well calibrated and the belt driven platter has no hum that i can see. An upgrade to a decent amplifier and speakers will be needed to get the best from the Rega. Thanks again for your reply. Both the amp and the CD player are now about 13 years old. Come back to me and we’ll chat about it. Get the best deals for rega planar 1 at eBay.com. Then have a seperate hifi chain dedicated to vinyl only for now, to include your Brio. Hi Marc – it does vary – yes – 50 hours perhaps? If so, which preamp category would you suggest? Question about anti-skating. Thanks for your help, Paul! He currently routes laptop etc. Actually, it seems that the amplifier some dealers recommend with the Planar 3 is not the Brio but the Elex R which retails at about 1300 euros, a bit too much for my budget I’m af’raid. The Pro-Ject Essential III BT (https://www.henleyaudio.co.uk/products/Essential-III-BT?DepartmentIds=1&BrandIds=2) includes a built-in phono amp that should be able to stream to the Yamaha at a distance up to around 10m. You’d need a pair of interconnects to go from the phono amplifier to the main amp. If the connections can be made, then the set-up will be decent, yes. I’m not sure it’s worth replacing now just the phono preamp (a C. Audio 551P) as I think it will be redundant when I purchase the new amp. Are you looking to insert it into an enclosed area? I have ESI near08 speakers, so hopefully the sound will be nice! Congratulations again on the website and the videos on YouTube; they’re really educational and fun to watch as well. Doing some quick maths, it sounds like your recommendation would leave me with about £100 for a low cost receiver, and the shelf system / speaker stands and improved receiver as future investments. What’s your budget? That said, in audiophile terms, for the £450 it costs (and if you have that cash I’d encourage you to push it to £600), I could point you in a more audiophile direction. The RB110 (Planar 1) uses a single piece aluminium tube with a rigidly mounted headshell and benefits from being a fully plug … Instead, I was thinking of just upgrading my phono preamp. Would this turntable sound good on McIntosh gear (MA5200 with internal Phono PreAmp, MEN220, MB50, ML1C speakers)? I can help with the other components if you want to let me know your budget. Indeed – after this, if you look to upgrade later on, you need to look at upgrading to Moving Coil carts, so focus on the cartridge and phono amp next. Hi Chofou – for £200, the AM10 is not a bad amp. Best value for money for true budget cables currently are sold by QED. Also, I’m not super clear on the difference between a receiver and an amp… , Thanks again for the tips, this is really helpful! But that will have to wait! My amp is a Marantz PM6006, connecting to a set of Q Acoustics 3050i. Hi Phillip – yes I do but I think the improvements might not be enough to warrant the upgrade. I haven’t heard any reduction in sound quality, but as I’m sure it’s gradual, I may just not be noticing it. Thanks If sound is the main thing, go for the 3020i. Hi Leo – thanks for your question and for reading. If sound quality is the thing, then go for the Rega. Next up is the Schiit Mani. Congratulations for Your articles and comments. Knowledgable and kind folks like you make the vinyl world go around . Which brings me to my next question/query. Adjust the type of cable to your budget. A Rega Fono Mini A2D is £89 from Amazon. Reviewed in the United States on August 21, 2020. A slab of MDF with a tonearm on it. Than I bought new speakers: Quadral Argentum 590, and than came the amplifier: Vincent SV-500 with Vincent PHO 8, with HiDiamond HD Real and Pangea cables. There’s a few issues here but, reading your text and your circumstances, I would recommend a Planar 1. Thanks a lot. Thanks Paul, I would certainly appreciate some advice on a phone amplifier please, it wasn’t in my original budget so nothing too pricey please, the Rega Fono Mini phono amp seems to get good reviews. With the speakers in mind will the Planar 2 sound better than the Planar 1 (the chain is as strong as the weakest link). The RP1 is different from the Planar 1. After reading your review of the Planar 1 I am sold and picked one up on sale for $399CAD. Let me know if you have any problems. I went for the Planar 2 and the Topaz. As said, I purchased a Planar 1 with which I’m pretty satisfied (your review contributed a lot I must say), in particular if I compare it with my previous Pro Ject Elemental. Rega tonearms are precision instruments hand built to the tightest tolerances. Or are the TT of Thorens not at same quality of Rega? Apologies for a dumb final question but I have no experience of powered speakers personally, will the final output signal be strong enough? Do I need to upgrade the B&W’s? Hi Bill – glad you’re liking it! Hi Paul, great review on the Planar 1. Thanks for your question, James. Stick with the Rega, grab a cheaper Project phono amplifier at around £50 or so (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Phono-Box-Turntable-Pre-Amplifier-Black/dp/B01CZW87HS/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=project+phono+amplifier&qid=1566479425&s=gateway&sr=8-4), avoid Behringer, and look for a pair of basic powered speakers. – Which cables would you recommend to connect everything together? Hi Paul, I have a “vintage” HiFi system with Audiolab 8000A and a pair of Sonus Faber Minima FM2. I was able to hook everything up to a speaker system I had to here what it sounds like but when I played a record it was either to slow or to fast. Even with these turntables, though, you still need powered speakers or an external amplifier plus speakers. – Ruark MR1 Mk2. An external phono amplifier is better but, of course, that means more money. If you’ve got a Planar 1 and you plan to create a hi-fi system with it by adding an amp and speakers what you should not do is spend thousands on the amp and speakers because the entire system will then be unbalanced. and an amp and speakers. Will the listening experience be annihilated by using the Sonos instead of a ‘regular’ amp + speaker system? At this price point, a manual change is preferable, sonically. So my question to you is: is it even worth getting a beginner-level (sub $1000 from what i’ve heard) turntable if what i want most is improved sound quality over digital? As I see it, I would say it’s the weakest link in my system. Thanks for your kind words Paul and yes, the ‘i’ is a better speaker. To your questions, yes the cart will burn in so give it a bit of time before you come to any decisions and then come and talk to me if you have an issue that is not addressed below… Andy Bluetooth is included, though, which might help you. As the Rega Brio has the built in phono stage would that not be good enough ? Would you happen to know the exact size of the plinth please? It all depends on your outlook in hifi terms and where you want to go with your hardware. If you like the look of the ELAC speakers then, sure, go for those. The Rega retails for RM50 more than the Pro-ject (new one goes for RM2,000) and I am wondering which would be a better turntable in terms of value as well as mod-ability, if such need arises. I began with Ella Fitzgerald’s version of the Sinatra classic, One for My Baby. A: At £329 for a Plus, though, that shouldn’t be a surprise. Thank you for your advice, Re-designed brass main bearing, offering improved fit and removing stress on the bearing itself whilst minimising the transfer of potential energy. I’ve read some good reviews about the Rega Apollo but perhaps you have other ideas, including cheaper ones. Grateful for any advice you can, provide. A further, yet superficial point, is that it would match with my existing Denon AVR. Reviewed in the United States on November 27, 2018. You are an absolute fountain of information, your videos (which I just happened to come across by chance on youtube later in the day after reading this article) are great too. Very happy with it! with direct connections. Also, such speed changes can introduce noise into the system, degrading sound quality. A Sumiko Olympia MM Phono cartridge and a Cougar Tonearm Cable are possible moves. I need some help and you seem like a great and extremely knowledgable guy. That’s why, upgrading the amp seems to me like a good option even if it means waiting a few months. I have just ordered the white Planar 1, and cannot wait for it to arrive. If you’re looking at Euros the a Pro-Ject might offer better value and give you more for your money. And I’m not sure I would get much better products in that price range (around 500/600 euros each). Sure, you’ll need to buy a Fono mini A2D to provide sufficient volume to your laptop. Right, before you run off and spend your cash, you need to stop and think. The Planar 1 is pretty much a completely new turntable compared to the RP1, the only things kept the same are the drive belt, sub platter and dust cover. 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