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Rega RP10/Aphelion or P10/Apheta3

Discussion in 'audio' started by Luceo non uro, Feb 12, 2021.


Would you buy Rega RP10/Aphelion or P10/Apheta3

  1. RP10/Aphelion

  2. P10/Apheta3

  1. JTC

    JTC PFM Villager...

    I can’t justify a P10; the P8 is better than most vinyl deserves IMHO. By which I mean that almost all of the time, variations in the quality of vinyl pressing and the like will be the limiting factor. Having owned many decent decks, the P8 betters them all and wasn’t the most expensive by a long shot. But the source material will be the limiting factor by far.
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  2. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    You could say the same thing about most of the audio chain. It’s the chasing of the impossible that keeps hifi companies in business;)
  3. Chris Tarling

    Chris Tarling Yellow Hound

    Perfection is an asymptote ;)
  4. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig ^'- -'^

    Yes, that's a good point. A lower resolution turntable will let you enjoy more records. Enjoying some eighties punk right now ;0)
  5. lambo

    lambo pfm Member

    Following JTC comments above I just installed a mana sound clamp that was specially made for me by John Watson on my rega 3
    Simply stunning !
    The uplift in removing those big black blobs called “feet “needs to be heard
    I am sorted :)
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  6. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig ^'- -'^

    I have one under my Saturn-R CD player, which is only acting as a transport! I genuinely have no idea how it can do anything at all in that situation let alone do what it does. It's the most impressive Mana component I've ever heard.
  7. lambo

    lambo pfm Member

    Yes I know what you mean I have got one under my rega Saturn which is also just a transport :):)
  8. DimitryZ

    DimitryZ pfm Member

    I own a P8 (Nag 500) and older P9 (Orto Jub). P9 arm is rewired, while P8 is stock. Low profile record clamp on the P9 and Herbie's Audio record weight on the 8. Both are excellent and my preference is really LP based.

    The big difference is the P9/10 VERY expensive ceramic platter (Silicon Carbide? Silicon Nitride? Aluminum Oxide?) vs. the tripple layer glass of the P8. In my experience, the right mat - I use Funk Achro topped with Extremephono Speed on both - makes the platter difference slim to none.

    P9 is JUST neutral (and I expect P10 is more so still), while P8 has a VERY slight lower midrange emphasis consistent with the resonant profile of the glass platter.

    I would describe the difference as audible (and worthwhile in a context of a high resolution audiophile system) but close to the realm of personal preference.
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  9. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig ^'- -'^

    It makes no sense to me. I cannot understand how it can alter the sound of a box which is only putting out a digital stream. I can see how it might make it worse, by causing vibrations which make it harder for the laser to track, but I can't see how it could make it sound better.
  10. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig ^'- -'^

    If they are fairly similar, why have both? I can see the point in having two very different turntables but...
  11. DimitryZ

    DimitryZ pfm Member

    I have 8 turntables...
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  12. gerlando

    gerlando Prog Rocker

    Now I understand the smiling on your avatar picture....
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  13. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig ^'- -'^

    Ok! I only have four but only use two and only one in the house.
  14. ossy

    ossy pfm Member

  15. lambo

    lambo pfm Member

    If I knew how to do it I could put one up :eek:
  16. Robert

    Robert Tapehead

    Well I voted for option 1 and looks like I'm alone.

    I've not heard either deck or cart so I'm going very much on a long history of using other Rega products, including a P9 for many years and describing what I expect to happen :)

    At the top of the TT tree, I'm firmly of the view that progress within a range is very much incremental - I would expect a P10 to best the RP10 but I'd be gobsmacked if the different was night and day. With the cartridge however, well the Aphelion looks to be substantially different in many ways to advance the Rega MC art. I'd expect it be the more substantial upgrade.
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  17. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig ^'- -'^

    But it's a used cartridge, with an unknown amount a wear on it. I don't know what the rebuild cost is but I doubt it's trivial.
  18. PerF

    PerF Scandinavian Member

    Ah, nice to know I'm not alone on playing turntable in the garden Sheed
  19. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig ^'- -'^

    My shed system is actually not too shabby now. Planar3, Creek 4140S2 and Linn Saras. Pretty good for a shed eh ;0)
  20. Robert

    Robert Tapehead

    Ah, I didn't note that part, assumed a new cart.

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