I’m old school analogue. For some reason, when Roy Gandy speaks, I listen. So, I’m happy to share this news from the minds at Rega. I’m working on getting both for review.
Rega press release follows:
Friday, July 1, 2011
DALLAS, TX – Rega has announced the release of two new products in their analog lineup: the RP3 Turntable and a 24V High Performance Motor Upgrade Kit for existing Rega turntables.
The highly anticipated RP3 is the next step up from Rega’s critically acclaimed RP1, and has been designed and engineered to achieve outstanding performance far beyond the expectations of a product at this price point. By omitting unnecessary gimmicks, Rega was able to concentrate the manufacturing costs on the high quality parts needed to reproduce records accurately. The RP3 is fitted with a brand new, hand-assembled RB303 tonearm, precision main bearing, and a low vibration, low noise 24V motor assembly which is individually hand-tuned to further reduce vibration.
RB303 Tonearm – Making the Best Better
Designed using the latest 3D CAD/CAM technology, the new RB303 is the culmination ofmore than 30 years of tonearm design experience. Due to advances in technology, Rega has been able to fine-tune the iconic RB300 tonearm design. A brand new tube with increased rigidity to the bearing housing, arm carrier, and headshell, coupled with intelligent redistribution of mass, ensure this arm will exhibit fewer points of possible resonance. Extreme stability with almost friction-free movement from the high precision bearing assemblies mean moreinformation can be gathered from the vinyl than ever before.
Double Brace Technology
With the philosophy that “mass absorbs energy—lost energy equals lost music”, Rega has pioneered the use of lightweight rigid plinths. Clever use of lightweight particulate core with a highly rigid phenolic resin skin became the foundation of the high performance achieved by the iconic Planar turntable range. The RP3 takes this design philosophy to the next level: a super lightweight plinth combined with a phenolic resin double brace mounted exactly where the increased rigidity is required (between thetonearm mounting and the main hub bearing) forms a structurally sound “stressed beam” assembly. This rigid plinth design prevents energy absorption and unwanted resonances which will add unnaturaldistortions to the music. Equally, heavier mass can transfer more unwanted energy such as motor or bearing noise directly into the rotating record. The use of braces instead of the complete skin allows rigidity in key areas while providing weight reduction to the plinth. This directly addresses the issue of mass absorption and unwanted energy transmission.
The RP3 will be available in three finishes: Titanium, White, and Cool Grey, and with the optional Elys2 cartridge factory-fitted. The retail price is TBD.
The newly available 24V High PerformanceMotor Upgrade Kit is designed to vastly improve the performance of all Rega turntables that do not already use 24V technology, including the RP1, P1, P2, P2 2000, Planet, Planar 2, Planar 3, P3 2000, and Planar 25. The kit includes the low noise, low vibration 24V motor developed for Rega’s range of multi award-winning 24V turntables.
· Individually hand-tuned PCB minimizes vibration
· Rega designed 24V synchronous AC motor assembly
· Rigidly mounted to improve start-up speed over previously suspended Planar models
· Improves drive, speed stability, and sonic performance
For even better performance, the kit is compatible with the Rega TT-PSU external power supply, which incorporates an advanced anti-vibration circuit and offers even greater stability. The TT-PSU also has the added convenience of electronic speed change.
At a U.S. retail price of $225, the 24V Motor Upgrade Kit is a simple way to enhance the performance of a Rega turntable.