My wife and I are getting back into vinyl. We listen to a wide range of music, from alternative rock, to classical, to electronic down tempo. We are looking at getting a new turntable, we are looking at the Rega RP3, the pro-ject RM 5.1, and the VPI traveller. I would like to get something that we can grow into with some upgrade potential. We are also looking at the bellari Vp130 preamp to tie it into our current receiver, which we'll be upgrading in the near future. Reviews on all the tables seem good, anything to be wary of? I am leaning towards the rega, pairing with the Elys mkII mm cartridge, with plans to upgrade once the rest of the system is up to snuff. I also like the traveller but it will end up costing a few hundred more.
1. I don't really know. 2. Stephen Meijas compared the Traveller directly to his Rega (i think the P3-34) and thought the VPI was better.
Note the VPI doesn't have a dust cover.
I think we are going to go with the rega, I think the Traveller may be a better long term table, but it will be at least 600 hundred more than the rega with a cartridge and dust cover and I think that is just too much right now considering the overall budget for future upgrades, better amp and speakers. I have a feeling that we'll be happy with the RP3 for the foreseeable future. The TT PSU, and and better cartridge should allow me to upgrade in the future if the rest of the system catches up to the table.
Another good choice would be the Music Hall MMF-2.2.
For only $500 you get a very good turntable.
The included cartridge is only fair,but spending another $300 or so on a Benz Micro cartridge will give you some excellent sound with that turntable.
Looked at the music hall as well.. decided on the Rega RP3 and ordered it. Excited to get it... thanks for the feedback.
or so with my Planar 3. Upgraded motor supply and cartridge (Grado. Hums, but great!) and still loving it. It's really really great. You'll love it.