In Reply to: More Thoughts On the Rega Saturn posted by AnalogJ on July 31, 2012 at 12:55:46:
>>What the original Planet did (and does, 'cause I still have it) is play music with an extremely light hand and joyful hand. It's lightning quick, so much so, it's startling. The image it produces is large and forward. Its ability to convey the lyrical and linear aspects to the music is really terrific (and it's important to leave the unit on all the time in order to let the player shine.).<<
My old and slightly modified Planet still produces enticing music within a friends system, and I remain very fond of this player after all these years. However, I consider its overall characteristics in contrast from your statement above.
I'd never consider the original Planet "light handed". In comparison to other players, it came across as a bit heavy handed, overly warm, thicker in nature, and certainly not the "fastest" player I've encountered. It's consistently added a false sense of reverb/depth to the mix, not nearly as transparent as its competition (or even cheaper models). But that was never it's main strength, which remains it's overall warmth and a much better than average upper octave extension ... and tonal consistency during complex passages (not a "screamer").
It's kinda ironic that you compared it to cartridges in tonality, because in my books, the original Planet was "voiced" to sound like Analog(warm and emotional) when digital then, sounded "digital" in the worst sense of the word. That said, if I had to compare it to a cartridge, it's more Grado than Lyra. As stated, to my ears, Rega obviously voiced this CDP to sound "analog" ... and even though I'm a huge analog fan who considers vinyl superior, my favorite sounding digital players are far more transparent, less "analog" and obviously less coloured in nature.
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Topic - More Thoughts On the Rega Saturn - AnalogJ 12:55:46 07/31/12 (3)