Audio Advice sold Rega products for a period several years ago but stopped due to supply issues with the importer they were using. (Some of those CD players in the early nineties they had sounded really great too!) Well, times have changed, Rega has a new importer in the US and they are coming back to the shelves of Audio Advice!
The first good turntable I bought in 1976 was a Rega Planar 2. My earlier one was an idler wheel drive Lenco: beautiful, but bad sounding. I was shocked at how much better the Rega sounded, especially up-fitted with one of the coolest tonearms of that day, the Infinity Black Widow!
We will have the latest Rega turntables and a few of their neat little audio pieces. The entry level turntable is the RP-1. At $445, it is one heck of a great value with isolated belt drive, a tonearm that has rock solid bearings, and a very dead platter. That makes this table one of the best analog values in audio. It comes with a basic cartridge or we can upgrade it to a better Ortofon or Dynavector cartridge. As with all our tables (or just cartridges), our professional set up and calibration is included at no charge! You don't get that from internet sellers of vinyl gear.
One really cool thing about the new Rega products is the way you can upgrade your table over time. There are upgraded power supplies, mats, belts, feet and even counterweights. You can start out with an entry-level Rega and make improvements as your budget allows.
The RP-3 is their next step up at $895 (without a cartridge). This comes with the famous Rega glass platter, the upgraded motor, and the step up RP303 tonearm. Quite a deal! The RP303 works with a huge variety of cartridges: we can help you select the one best suited for your tastes and budget.
The RP-6 at $1495 gives you a double layer glass platter. The addition of the external motor power supply provides even more improved speed stability. This also comes with the RP303 arm.
Rega turntables are like the far more expensive Linn tables in their sonic character. Their main goal is perfect pitch. Both brands want the platter to spin at exactly the same speed all the time. When you experience this for the first time, the music takes on a really live sense. You become far more emotionally involved in the sound as your tunes are played with perfect rhythm and pacing. I believe a side effect of this is an improved sense of dynamics.
We are also bringing in the Rega Brio-R integrated amp, the DAC-R, and Apollo-R CD player. We are looking forward to playing around with these and seeing how they perform. The DAC-R appears to be a very good value at $1095 with a 24bit-192Khz capable USB input, two Toslink and two coax digital inputs.
We will have products at our Raleigh and Charlotte locations, so please check with us in advance if you have an interest in one in particular. I'm looking forward to some great memories of listening to the first good turntable I ever owned!