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I have been without a TT for a few days now - I pick up my RP3/Elys 2 tomorrow!

I have been listening to my Apollo R & DAC all day with the addition of a £60 ebay bargain - a Chord Chameleon Plus interconnect between my DAC & Brio R...... I forget how smooth and analouge it sounds! I am now having trouble trying to tell vinyl & CD versions of Kylie - Abbey Road apart. Digital doesnt have to sound digital.

It really does sound fantastic, smooth, detailed and so cohesive and ultimatelty enjoyable!

I have been flirting with the idea of a Unitilite......I am convinved if I went to all in one solution I would be left dissapointed not forgetting out of pocket!

I hope the RP3 lives up to the expectations and rest of my Rega kit!

 

 

 

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I got my Rega DAC last week and have been blown away how it sounds with my Brio-R

Feeling similar to you— when I unpack my turntable from storage I hope it lives up to it—

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It's a deadly combo, lot of people on here can confirm as well! Would be interested in what cables you use? Lovely taut bass on those B&Ws too! 

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Hi Steve

That's you speaking without yor TT, i've donne myself A/B test with the Rega DAC/SBT and the vinyl record of the same album, and... 

And nothing compares to the vinyl, that was with 80's and 90's vinyl records.

With some recent vinyl recording only tried with one Diana Krall album and the results were the same! With some more expencive Streamer, or a £1000 CD player the differences are not so audible but the vinyl is always going to win over the digital format. 

I've heard the Saturn CD player and RP3 side by side with the same album at my Rega dealer and the vinyl format was mutch better! 

Give some break in time to your cartridge like 6/7 albums ( side A and B) time and do your self the same test, and write back with your finding...

 

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Good point.....need to break the Elys 2 in - is they correct about 10 hrs?

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My Goldring 1012gx needed about the same time! The differences are quite audible!

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I see that you've bought a RS vox as well! 

You've NEED to change your nick to "REGABOY" or "SteveALLRega" or something like that! ;)  cool 

beauty, eh

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Hi-FiOutlaw wrote:

I see that you've bought a RS vox as well! 

You've NEED to change your nick to "REGABOY" or "SteveALLRega" or something like that! ;)  cool 

beauty, eh

i did not set out to be a Rega fanboy..... Just sort of happened!

But as you know it all works together do well! I'm moving house soon and will have a bigger lounge so RS3 next for fronts RS1 for rears, I am using the pre out on my AV amp for the brio/fronts 

 

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stevebrock > I have Chord Crimson Plus and Carnival Silver Screen— I'll admit I've not done much research with the cables and just bought whatever got good reviews at the time.

The Crimson Plus was bought for use with the turntable — it'll be an old What HiFi award winner from about 1999 when that comes out again — a van den Hul forgot-what-it's-called.

 

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stevebrock wrote:

Hi-FiOutlaw wrote:

I see that you've bought a RS vox as well! 

You've NEED to change your nick to "REGABOY" or "SteveALLRega" or something like that! ;)  cool 

beauty, eh

i did not set out to be a Rega fanboy..... Just sort of happened!

But as you know it all works together do well! I'm moving house soon and will have a bigger lounge so RS3 next for fronts RS1 for rears, I am using the pre out on my AV amp for the brio/fronts 

 

 

the same as I'm doing with my old Yamaha RX V750 using the pre out with the By pass mode, that way I turn the Brio volume knobe all the way and works as a power amp! I've got more detail on the front speakers that way as well! 

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O right I have my Brio at 12 o clock, was wondering why I had to really go high on the volume of my AV amp - is full the recommended setting when in AV mode ?

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stevebrock wrote:

O right I have my Brio at 12 o clock, was wondering why I had to really go high on the volume of my AV amp - is full the recommended setting when in AV mode ?

 

Yes it is, you can check it out in the manual, they recommend that the volume is turn all the way! 

But dont forget to press By pass on the face of the amp, myne has it, your should have it as well. 

When the move will be completed open your self a thead with pics in " your sistem" forum... Wink

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Thanks for that I will try it later after I've gone through a few more CDs, will get some pics up tomo of my RP3..... So goddam excited!

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Just one more thing about CD or Flac compared to vinyl, take a close ear of DRUMS, you cam fill the slam of the drums on the vinyl! 

Man since December my vinyl collection have grouwn 150 albums, today were more two, brend new albums from Mobile Fidelity Sound Lad (MoFi)

- Yazoo Upstairs at Eric's

- Tear For Fears The Seeds Of Love this one is the fourth time that is playing, it's a wonderfull record and a wonderfull sound quality! I can get enough! 

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I keep hearing good things about MFSL recordingi gather they are worth the investment!

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The Chameleon is really nice, do you have the VEE version? I got one before that off ebay.

Feeling the Rega love out there Smile

I am demoing at home Naim CD5i-1 and Naim DVD5 as an alternative source to SBT-Rega Dac and findings so far are that SBT-Rega Dac is about same level as CD5i, showing the same lively character, helped no doubt by the Rega's good Dynamics.

I am finding the DVD5 used as a transport to be very good and more 3 dimensional through the Rega Dac compared to SBT or CD5i.

It is very easy to listen without fatigue, yet with lots of nice detail and NAIM PRAT.

I may well take the plunge as can get for £450 used for the DVD5 and will slot nicely into my TV unit. The DVD performance appears to be quite something from brief look at LOTR last night.

Glad you enjoying kit, just don't go into any hifi stores soon....... Saturn-R Elicit-R LOL

Ambrose

 

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