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Cartridge upgrade Rega P1

Discussion in 'audio' started by Countryman, Apr 11, 2021.

  1. PerF

    PerF Scandinavian Member

    Certainly !
    nobody can disagree on that, however it might be more complicated..

    A new P2 have much better tonearm & platter than P1, maybe there are other details too.
    Notice antiskating on some P2 is fixed, NOT adjustable.

    As for getting an old 90'ies Planar, then you really should aim higher than P2/P3 level, I'm not sure how much better an old Planar 2 is vs new P1.
  2. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig ^'- -'^

    Not much. I've played the P1 against a vintage Planar3 and there isn't much in it. The Planar3 has a much better arm obviously but I think the lighter plinth and 24v motor on the P1 swing it back. The plastic platter is surprisingly close to the glass one in sound.
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  3. hifi-dog

    hifi-dog pfm Member

    I had a glass one in my box if rega spares so made sense to use it and make it a P1.5!
  4. Countryman

    Countryman pfm Member

    Thanks for all your comments. Looks like I’m staring down quite a sizeable rabbit hole..... welcome to the world of vinyl, eh? I think the cartridge is a good starting point as I’m aware the Carbon is good but basic. I will get a new mat as the one it came with is fraying a little. That will give me time to think and save for the next step.
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  5. Amber Audio

    Amber Audio This is the Day

    It’s very easy to get caught up in the moment and go way further than you ever planned to go as well as way over budget, speaking from experience :).

    I think your plan to start with a new cart and then do some research and planning makes the most sense.
  6. gerlando

    gerlando Prog Rocker

    AT-VM95E is the best gift you can give to your P1.
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  7. Countryman

    Countryman pfm Member

    Thanks. That’s going to be the first thing I do, plus the the new mat, and I’ll see how it goes. I’m sure there will be an improvement.

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