Rega’s RP-1 Performance Pack Upgrade
The company has now introduced their “Performance Pack” upgrade for the RP-1.
It includes a Bias 2 phono cartridge, the drive belt upgrade (reviewed in our November 2010 issue), and a thicker wool platter mat, also found in Rega’s P3, P5, and P7 turntables. The Performance Pack upgrade for the RP-1 costs $195 and effectively replaces the P2.
A 14mm O-ring spacer is also included, which maintains the RP-1’s friendly plug-and-play design. No Fremering necessary. Just insert the O-ring spacer to the RB101 tonearm ahead of the balance weight and screw the balance weight as close to the stop point as possible. The tonearm will now be properly set for use with the Bias 2 cartridge. Nice. The Performance Pack is available as an after-market upgrade, or can be factory-fitted to an RP-1.
I’ll talk about Rega’s RP-1 turntable in the February 2011 “Entry Level” column, and, if all goes according to plan, I’ll try out the Performance Pack upgrade in the March issue.