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Hello Guy13. Personally, I rather appreciate this type of personal feedback on gear. A small piece of the data (research) puzzle most of us put together before parting with our dinero. And yes, results vary from user to user. Not all expensive audio gear is the best, and not all inexpensive gear is the worst. Loudspeakers is the best example of that.
I believe, like AR turntables, the ground wire is internally connected to the left RCA plug's outer shield, so the extra ground wire does nothing, except invite a ground loop.Yes, there is no VTA setting, but the arm is made with Rega's cartridges in mind. Using the 3 hole mounting method should align the cartridge and when playing records of the average thickness, should be the correct VTA, no adjustment necessary.As far as the motor attachment method, please don't fly any Airbus airplanes, as they are assembled the same way.
Thanks Guy for your sincere report, it will help anyone that read it.
This is commentary on equipment, hardly the reason the Personal Touch circle was established. The only thing personal about it is that it's a personal opinion.
I have only owned the Rega Apollo. Even with the slow startup I still really like this CD player. It reads the disc and stores the info into a buffer, this aids the player in error correction. I also like the 3 ball chuck system for the CD, and the unique way the player opens. A mechanical lid, that will not fail, rather than a electronic drawer system. Keep in mind, this player, this design is very old now. In it's day I think the Apollo was great. I use mine as a transport now, and run it into a Schiit Audio Bifrost Uber DAC. To me, it does sound great for digital playback.
Guy13Keep in mind, once again, the Rega DAC will most likely not sound as good as a $1000 DAC. The entire player was not priced at $1000, years ago. The Schiit Bifrost is a great DAC on it's own, but the upgrade to the Uber makes it twice better. IMHO. It get many things right and allows instruments to have the natural tone
I've also felt that rega TT seems flimsy - but they are designed light and simple intentionally. The light rigid construction is supposed to make them sound fast and dynamic. Rega does seem to hope / expect you to use their products together vs straying outside Rega land. Rega land can be a nice place to be, but sometimes you want to stray. I owned both the Rega planet and Apollo CD players. They were both great units for their time, but eventually by 2010 or so they were being outclassed by the competition even in their price category, which was why I moved on. The Apollo does read the table of contents and also has a 20MB buffer, which is why play back isnt immeadiate. The wait is well worth it in terms of setting the EQ for each cd and reducing read errors and the over all quality of playback. The Apollo would play damn near anything - even really beat up CDs. This is something that many if not most CD players still don't have, the top of the line parasound CD player being a notable exception. Guy - be happy for the minor inconvenience of the wait! I always found the Rega CD players to have excellent rhythm with their wolfson DACs and overall smooth and somewhat warmer sound - and in the case of the planet, even euphonic. They and the Rega DAC are not transparency and resolution champs, but always still very listenable. Sins of omission mainly. Guy - I'd hang on to at least to the Apollo as it makes a great cd transport. In the budget category the schitt Bifrost, parasound zdac (now only $300), musical fidelity v9 (only $300!), and entry level Hegel DACs will all run circles around the DAC in the Apollo and even the Rega DAC. If you can get a chance to hear any of these, I'd recommend it. The P3 - well, if always been more of the mass loaded school, so any VPI that's in your budget......
All TTs I have owned was entry level and all crap, for this I moved to CDP, for the same price I get rid of the onipresent his noise and wear.
I am pretty much in agreement here, as far as the Rega CD players are concerned. Keep in mind, when talking about Schiit Audio, that two smart guys are the head engineers/design team at Schiit Audio. Mike Moffat of Theta and Jason Stoddard of Sumo. These two have been working on digital for a long time. I think the design choices they have made, and the reasoning behind those choices, say a lot about why the products they make sound good for the money. The Bifrost is the most analog sounding piece of digital gear I have. I have heard some better gear, but it was three times higher in price. Another thing that Schiit offers, that no other company is pushing, is upgrade ability. I don't want to spend big money on a DAC every 5 years. With the Bifrost, I upgraded an analog card and installed it myself for $100!
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