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Naiad - from myth to reality

Discussion in 'audio' started by dave charlton, Dec 20, 2019.

  1. dave charlton

    dave charlton pfm Member

    A cause for celebration :)
  2. S-Man

    S-Man Kinkless Tetrode Admirer

  3. matt j

    matt j pfm Member

    I thought sticking it on a heavy sideboard was a massive faux pas with Regas? At least that's all the comments I got when I said I didn't like how my P8 sounded.
  4. jagdesign

    jagdesign pfm Member

    Yeah they're a bit rank, an engineered cut'n'shut. Along with the sticky-out bit on the stand, these details are disappointing.
  5. Robert

    Robert Tapehead

    As you make the TT structure more intert (but low mass) it should matter less where the deck is placed.
  6. matt j

    matt j pfm Member

    Ok, so me not liking it then was just because I didn't like it and not because I had it on my sideboard? Good to know!
  7. Robert

    Robert Tapehead

    Yes very likely Matt - the Rega 'stiff n light' deck ethos isn't for everyone.
    Personally I find the higher end Rega decks the closest tonally to good digital sources. Quite different to Linn, Thorens, Michell for example which sound altogether richer.
    Whichever you prefer is the best deck :)
  8. dave charlton

    dave charlton pfm Member

    My Rega deck sounds nothing like close to digital. Two completely different presentations imho.
  9. Jamie

    Jamie pfm Member

  10. dave charlton

    dave charlton pfm Member

    Thanks. Ties it all together with some nice pics.
  11. Darren

    Darren Doin' the Southern Freeeez

    Gosh, how exciting to own such a limited edition turntable. I bet Rega will look after it forever.
  12. pocketkitchen

    pocketkitchen Registered User

    Those ugly bracing bits on the arm seem to be missing from the pictures on Hifi Lounges website. I'll try and listen to one at some point.
  13. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig Trade: ^'- -'^

    I think that was just the prototype, as far as I am aware.
  14. dave charlton

    dave charlton pfm Member

    Looking at the boxing pics of the latest production run (Rega twitter feed Nov '19) it appears the stiffeners come as standard.
  15. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig Trade: ^'- -'^

    Wonder if it's part of the casting or attached later.
  16. YNWOAN

    YNWOAN 100% Analogue

    It would have to be part of the casting. The added headshell bracing does look like an experimental ‘proof of concept’ and I would normally expect production versions to be a bit more integrated into the overall look. Also, it looks like they have intended to brace the bending mode that exists between the the arm tube and the headshell - this makes sense except they’ve not chosen to diagonally brace the two. Perhaps the redesign of the headshell that this would have required was outside of the remit.
  17. Robert

    Robert Tapehead

    I said 'closest' as in tonally neutral, which is exactly what I hear from the better Rega decks. None of the bloom and artificial warmth of some other decks.
    Now, if you run a Rega cart that's a different thing entirely since those things are anything but flat, so in that regard your entire Rega front end will sound nothing like good digital!
  18. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig Trade: ^'- -'^

    I agree. The RP10 doesn't have a sound of its own, which is both a good thing and a bad thing.
  19. Durmbo

    Durmbo not French

    With an AT100e, even my mildly updated original Planar 3/RB300 is close enough tonally to my good digital source. The tt support matters.
  20. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig Trade: ^'- -'^

    Even today, it's not a shabby record player. If Rega have ever made such a thing.

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