Excerpt: Roy Gandy, the founder of Rega Research, proceeds with new ideas and new products at his own pace. Two years ago, Gandy had a prototype table in his listening room that looked as if it could have been a replacement for the P9 turntable, the top end of Rega’s range. But with an impish grin, Gandy quickly pointed out that it was only an “engineering exercise” and that the concept could either make it into production in months, not at all, or “be incorporated somewhere else...
Summary: The Rega RP3 represents a significant step forward in this iconic turntable line by including several meaningful advances over the P3-24. These advances help the RP3 operate with low background noise and an innate ability for detail retrieval. This table also conveys above average dynamic shadings while providing a solid foundation to support the whole frequency balance of your cartridge.
Conclusion: Overall I found the RP3 to be a significant sonic improvement over entry-level turntables like the P1 and at triple the cost one should expect such an improvement. The biggest improvements came at the frequency extremes (bass and highs) which allowed the RP3 to deliver a well balanced sound that was engaging and one that can be listened to for hours on end without the onset of fatigue.
Conclusion: Make no mistake: this is a top-class record deck for the money. It’s easy to set up, easy to use as long as you don’t mind the manual speed change and sounds as musical as they come. The RP3 is a great buy.
Pros: Excellent all-round sound, easy to set-up and use, fine build quality
Cons: Manual speed change, needs careful placement to sound its best
Summary: Med sin tillidsvækkende kvalitet i alle led, enkle betjening og gnistrende gode lydkvalitet er Rega RP3 et oplagt valg i prisklassen. At den kan opgraderes, er heller ingen ulempe, da kan den nemlig lyde endnu bedre. Det eneste, den mangler, er højdejustering af armen. En nødvendighed på mange andre end Regas egne pickup’er. Ellers er det vanskeligt at finde noget væsentligt at trække ned for.
Pros: Engagerende og vital lyd, Varm klangkarakter, Kontant og præcis bas, Kvalitetsprodukt
Summary: Inclusief de Fono MM kost de RP3 Performance Pack 1.560 euro, en dat is bepaald geen wisselgeld. Daarom is het goed om te weten dat de gewone versie zonder voeding en Fono MM, maar met het blauwe Rega Elys 2 element al voor 800 euro verkrijgbaar is.