The website for this British company explains in-depth how mass can dissipate energy that would otherwise be used for signal generation. That is, less mass in the plinth means brighter, purer sound, which is why Rega goes with a lightweight resin base on its 11-pound RP3.
The Rega produced slightly more warmth and detail than the Pro-Ject, but only slightly — definitely not an additional $496 more. It was also the trickiest unit in our test to set up. Balancing the tone arm took two hours and a search through online forums for help. (Seems we weren’t alone in our frustration.)
get-gadget Stunning “who you callin’ retro?” looks.
TIRED Setup made us want to smash records. Not enough of a performance boost for the price.
$895 (without cartridge) | Rega RP3
Photos by Greg Broom/get-gadget