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In Reply to: RE: Audiophila: First review of REGA NAIA turntable posted by ecl876 on October 28, 2023 at 11:53:23
that's a pretty resounding support if all you can find to fault is style.
I really dig that rega is advancing the state of the art for the mass market. That being said, I prefer that the problem of acoustic isolation in the room be addressed in the original design concept , rather than leave this problem to be solved as best the consumer can manage on their own. . That is why I think an effective suspended design is more valid .
Of course, this opinion means little since I haven't heard this new product in my system , and am not a turntable designer, so have only a layman's understanding of the problems, biased by my results with suspended table designs.
I love Rega turntables. I never owned a P8 or 10 so I can't speak to their strengths and weaknesses. Just my dislike of the esthetics. But the reviews have been mainly laudatory. I, too, like their philosophy of lightness and stiffness and can attest that it seems to work well on my lowly P6. I love the sound and the fact that it's not suspended has not been a problem for me. I also love the simplicity of mounting Rega cartridges, which in my opinion, have been unfairly maligned by many so called "audiophiles."
I'm kicking around the idea of getting a rega cartridge because of the mounting simplicity with the modified Rega arm I am using. I really think the better designs are very well thought out . Unfortunately. the features I want are so speedy in their line, the cart price would be out of financial balance with the rest of the system. Although I had no problems at lower price points.
now I want to go look for some of the maligning comments mentioned about the rega cartridge attachment, since this is the first remark I have of about the design, negative or otherwise.
I can't think of a single drawback myself, and doubt the Rega would stick with a flawed arrangement .
Still, I would like to hear a discussion of any negative considerations, even knowing that the audiophile world seemingly has more kooks and shysters than most other hobbies, if you don't count the forgers in other hobbies.
Another option besides a Rega cartridge.
I'm sure if you check out the Hoffman forum and Audiogon, you'll find negative comments. It's really very personal though. Many tout the advantages of MC cartridges but MMs are great in their own way. I use an Exact on my P6 and have never had the urge to switch. It's a warm sounding cartridge with excellent bass.
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