This REGA turntable comes without a cartridge, but on request we can pair it with a Rega Elys, Exact or Apheta cartridge, as well as with any other cartridges by Goldring, Ortofon, Benz Micro, the list goes on... We will take care of installation, set up and assembly of the spacer if you need it!
This new Rega RP6 vinyl turntable is the most recent release in a long line of Planar turntables by the British manufacturer. And it is certainly a worthy successor to the Planar P5. Like all Rega Planars, this turntable was designed with the aim of bringing maximum music and pleasure to its lucky owner, whilst ensuring astonishing levels of reliability and user-friendliness.
It shares the same basic architecture as the rega RP3 vinyl turntable with several significant improvements.
For example, it is fitted with the RB303 tonearm, successor to the legendary RB300. This new tonearm has a new tube (redesigned using 3D technology) that is very rigid, with no points of resonance. The new bearings have been carefully crafted to deliver a practically non-existent coefficient of friction. The synchronous motor is powered by an external 24V power supply, the equally well-regarded REGA TT PSU. As well as enabling electronic speed changes between 33⅓ and 45 RPM (more practical than removing the platter and changing the drive belt manually, it has to be said!), this power supply regulates and stabilises the rotation of the motor, significantly reducing rumble and wow. Rega has been designing lightweight, rigid turntables for over 30 years (‘Mass absorbs energy’ R Gandy). And the RP6 is no different, boasting as it does the famous plinth with a phenolic resin coating, a system which enables the turntable to retain remarkable rigidity even with a low mass. And mass is reduced and rigidity improved even further by Rega’s Double Brace technology, which consists of a double brace placed between the tonearm and the turntable's central bearing. The plinth neutrality is superior to the one offered by a RP3. The motor pulley has been carefully crafted out of aluminium and the hub (also in aluminium) is powered by a standard Rega drive belt. We recommend replacing this with a higher quality belt. The RP6 platter has a distinctive design. It is made up of two bonded pieces of glass, the heaviest of which is on the outside. This creates a significant flywheel effect, which improves rotation and speed stability whilst taking the pressure off the motor. Also note that this bonding reduces resonance of the platter.
The only damping mechanisms on the RP6 are its three rubber feet. This is a simple and effective system, but it also requires that a few precautions are taken when finding a home for your turntable. For example, it needs to be on a rigid, perfectly level surface, as far away from your speakers as possible. For the best results, try the Rega wall bracket.
Once these precautions have been taken, your turntable will boast all the qualities that have made the British brand so popular and iconic. The articulation and dynamic range of the bass are incredible. Double basses and cellos sound as clear and punchy as they would if played through a CD player worth 3 times the price. The mids are present, giving string and wind instruments incredible density and astonishing authenticity. The quality and timbre of the vocals is so good, it’s as if the singers are right there with you in your living room! The transparency and definition this turntable delivers is distinctly better than earlier models, and of course the current RP1 and RP3 models. Its overall balance makes this a very versatile turntable. The results are particularly convincing with acoustic music, and especially classical. But its dynamic range and spontaneity means that it is also very comfortable dealing with jazz, blues, rock and even electronic music. We consider the RP6 to be one of the 3 best turntables under €1500 - a sound investment that comes highly recommended by maPlatine.com!
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Drive principle: Belt
Speed: 33⅓ and 45 RPM
Speed change: Electronic
Platter: 300 mm silica double layer
Platter mat: wool felt
Dust cover: Yes
Phono cable: Yes (captive)
Power supply: REGA TTPSU
Available in 5 gloss finishes: White, Black, Red, Yellow, Green