Plug in and Hang up – Rega RP1 (350 Euros) in the Test

Pre-installed, makes the Rega RP-1 even five minutes after opening the box music. And, because AUDIO is sure, five years later still. More sustainable than in the new entry-level turntable from Essex let are currently not preoccupied with HiFi $ 350.

  1. Plug in and hang up – Rega RP1 (350 euros) in the test
  2. Data sheet

For decades, the Rega Planar 2 – marked and later successor P2 – be direct entry into the turntable program of the English manufacturer. This changed only about years five ago, as the relentless price spiral, which attacks particularly well especially with such products handmade in small quantities, had unscrewed the Rega P2 definitively out of the reach of typical entry-level budget. The gap at the bottom in the lineup was filled by the P1 (AUDIO 8/07), re gas first contribution to that player genus, which eventually got attached to the label of “Plug -and-play”: a pre-assembled ready drive so that even degenerate digital ruffians who think of “Anti-Skating” sports, could easily get started.

The Rega P1 came close after all the utopian goal, offered but also space for further developments. So changed the new Rega RP-1 in almost every detail compared to its predecessor. From the tonearm RB-100, RB-101 has soliderem bearing block and detailed molded headshell, which has recessed slots now – as the larger Rega arms -. What uncommonly pickup makes installation easy, because you must no longer hold the nuts and the tightening system no longer slip.

The front hole in the headshell: meets equal to two functions it replaces the adjustment template on the one hand, because it is set so that the needle tip with correct overhang exactly with its front edge is flush. On the other hand, the third bolt comes through here on systems with three point, about the Rega exact.

The Rega RP1 both is unimportant, first as the pickup already mounted and adjusted – as in the previous the tried and tested MM system Ortofon OM-5E. Set the tracking force out of the box of the player in a very simple way: you simply put the counterweight until it stops on the arm bracket, then the required 1.7 1.8 grams result by itself. The Rega RB-101 is impractical as the RB-100 however, later another system intended to be fitted: the old arm carried the counterweight on a thread with defined slope, with each half turn corresponded to one gram difference. Thus the weight settled after previous balance without a stylus pressure gauge set. The latter is compulsory at the 101 set a new system correctly. And there must be no ultra accurate neurotics tool – the classic, cheap Ortofon swing enough, because it makes the fine work anyway after hearing.

The second important change concerns the plate. The P1 was a MDF plate, the Rega had used previously for OEM models for moth and NAD for cost reasons. CEO and engineer Roy Gandy, which was rather suspicious of the wood due to its rather low, also not entirely uniform density was looking for alternatives and found – bakelite. To call the black pressed part from the oldest of all plastics, plastic plate borders on lèse-majesté. The phenolic-based material is very hard, extremely durable and sturdy for a plastic, can be very precisely finished – and still has a wonderfully soft, smooth feel. What the owner not later than changing the speed notes, if it says: kill the plate down, belt.

Speed changes are also the only reason ever to switch off the player. Rega even recommends his always pass through the plate during a listening session – the flying plate exchange works with the short middle pin and the soft felt mat easily. A new RP1 can run at least during the first weeks of quiet day and night: 1.4 Watts power consumption while facing a continuously increase in smoothness and suppleness.

Even after lush break-in period, the test RP1 but could not hide a touch of engine noise in the output signal. This is already the only point of criticism on the RP1 – which also still clearly occurs at other players in this price class. Music sounds subjetiv louder than on the P1 equipped with the same system – an unmistakable sign of lower losses in the sampling process the RP-1 wonderfully tight and good grip. Comparing the Rega RP1 with larger players, you can see him his somewhat diffuse dissolved overtone area at his restrained deep bass and – at the other extreme of the frequency -. In between, especially in the important core materials,

Rega sound in its purest form, there is: instead of at any price to – trace the sound costume of the music with his whole pleats, ruffles and sequins to himself then as many affordable players desperate to verfranzen – music of RP1 with a mysterious economy. Rhythm, tempo, accent and phrasing seem to enjoy right of way from bling-bling and other audiophile key incentives – good.

Conclusion

Rega has recently increased the warranty period for all turntables on ten years. Until it runs out, you will have worn out several needles with the RP1. On vinyl listening, you will not but lose the fun – guaranteed.

Rega RP-1

Manufacturer Rega
Price €350.00
Rating 75.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

General
Dimensions: B: 44.5 x H: 12.0 x d: 38.0 cm
Weight: 5.0 kg
Features
Color White, grey, dark grey,
Speeds 33 1 / 3, 45 rpm
Construction rigid construction
Height-adjustable feet
Speed conversion mechanical
Tone arm height adjustment
Speed regulator
Pitchregulierung during playback
Drive Round belts
Shut-off No
Measured values
Speed deviation 0.54%
Tracking rated 0.154
Measuring record 62 dB
Rumble noise coupler 58 dB
Power consumption standby 0 W
Review
Straightforward, lively sound, good workmanship.
Performance could be better.
Sound good (75 points)
Sound judgment well 75
tested in issue: 2 / 11

 

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