Though not exactly the same comparison, I recently made the move from Planar 3/Elys to RP6/Exact. The improvement is quite remarkable, though eschewing the banality of the typical technical review I have to just say the music is just a lot more, well, musical. Downside - it's now costing me a small fortune buying new vinyl to replace a lot of CD's i bought to replace old vinyl that was not well cared for back in the younger days.
I imagine a good chunk of the improvement could be attributed to the cartridge alone, but overall, I'm very pleased with the move I made.
Music System: Rega RP6/Exact, Cambridge 640Cv2, Rega Mira 3, Rega DAC, PMC Twenty.23 chained to Arcam A75 for the back deck (B&W WM4) and NAD 314 for the Garage (Monitor Audio MA700 Gold)
Theatre System: B&K AVR307, AE Aesprit 300c/301/Centre, HSU VTF2 Sub
I should go and demo a RP6/Exact side by side with an RP3/Elys2 & TT PSU!
If i upgraded to the the TT PSU then that is £748 I have spent, then to get the Exact Cartridge is another £200 (but still the RP6 has has the thicker, glossier plinth, metal bracing and better platter)
Makes it uneconomical to add the TT PSU & Exact - may as well sell my RP3 and go straight for the RP6.
Icon Audio ST40 III / KT88, Rega Apollo R, DAC, RS3
Rega RP6, Nagaoka MP-200, White Belt, Michell Tecnoweight, Rega Fono MM
Rega Quattro, Couple 1 & 2
Wouldn't do any harm to dem the RP6 - if your Rega dealer is approachable then try out different variations: RP6 or new power source. See which give the biggest uplift.
TBH I think changing speakers will give you bigger sonic lift.
Amp: Leema Pulse; Source: Naim CD5i-2, Denon 260MKII, Pro-ject XP I; Speakers: PMC TB2i
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Regarding my speakers..... TBH i dare not start messing with the RS1s, they work well in my small room 4X3m firing across the shortest side.
I would be open to suggestions of speakers - maybe KEF R100? I did a little bit of research on them they seem to get a good folllowing. I was going for the RS3 as I was moving and the new lounge was bigger but that has fallen through so at the minute don't want to mess with speakers until I know for certain on house move.
I did try some Neat Motive 3 for a week, but they had too much bass and I had to take them back - that is when my dealer suggested the RS1 and ever since been quite happy with them - yes they have there shortcomings with bass, but the positives outweigh this.
I can totally and utterly understand where you're coming from. Same with me and why I cling on to the MAs - they sound right for my room and taste. Having said that, I'm sure something like Neat Petites will give you the ideal sound in terms of room placement and overall sound. I only mention because you admire the Motive 3 so much.
Anyway back to the RP6: As stated earlier you'll need to hear the RP6 against your current TT. Not sure, TBH, whether the Brio-R will be good enough to hear a difference to justify spending an extra £500. I could be totally wrong but this is something you'll need to decide for yourself.
I have an annoying itch.......i think its upgraditis!
Just spinning Pet Shop Boys - Introspective on the RP3. Amazing production as always from them.
It sounds mint - trying to justify now why i really need to change anything, amazing pace, rhythm & timing!
confused even more now!
My dealer said he would give me £350 for my RP3/Elys 2 - so would cost £648 to change to an RP6/Exact!
Got a demo booked tomorrow!
Any body heard both decks side by side?
I suppose £350 is ok for trade in - would expect £400 from ebay, £40 fees so guess the p/ex with dealer is less hassle.
Any body offer some words of wisdom?
Just enjoy the dem and trust your ears.
yeah will do!
Getting excited now!
"... May the force be with you..."
Yip. For around 700 spons you should be able to get your mits on a pretty decent s/h Gyro SE. Different league mate , but methinks you have a cronic case of regaitis .
I get what your saying but I really have my heart set on an RP6! Yes I have chronic regaitis!
Ok your mind is pretty much made up. No idea who your dealer is but do try to get the thing back home for a dem at your leisure. And take yer blinkers off .
Sure the Gyrodec is better but...
If you had a £500 amp would you invest in a £1800 turntable? TBH, I'd really struggle to justify spending that dough on the Leema. Then you have the practical issues: The Gyro doesn't come with a lid. I've seen them on Fleebay for £200-£300 for Mitchell Gyrodecs. lash that on top of a second hand price for the deck...
Steve said, with a p/ex for his old RP3, it'll work out at £648 inclusive.
Well I have woken up this morning and come to my senses!
Only had my RP3 2 months - I'm totally happy with it so think I am going to take a raincheck on going to demo the RP6!
Sure the RP6 is superb, but im going to lose £200 on the RP3 then will cost me another £450 to get the the RP6 and is the step up in performance going to be signifacant? Also in the context of my system (£500 amp, £438 speakers maybe a £1k turntable is more deserving of the Brio R, albeit still a great amp).
Perhaps I should get the TT PSU on home demo for a week and see if that gives me any improvment for only £200.
I am very tempted, but as I said before I'm totally happy with the RP3 and maybe I should just keep and try some tweaks like a metal sub platter/TT PSU and see how it goes!
Ringing Analogue Seduction now to cancel my demo!
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