December 6, 2018 § Leave a comment
“Yes, you can get really good analog sound out of VPI’s much less expensive alternatives, as well as out of many of its competitors. To go back to a point I made earlier, however, no real audiophile can resist exploring the limits of a turntable like the Avenger Reference if he has the resources to buy one. It really is a great unit, and if you are going to buy a top cartridge and phono preamp, you are going to need a turntable-tonearm combination of this quality to match them.
I also have to say in defense of the Avenger’s price that it is a practical exercise in technology and physics. There are some “extreme” turntable designs which seem to be more exercises in high tech than practical units. Don’t get me wrong, some much higher ne plus ultra competitors are superb, but some aren’t. I’d wanted to be sure I could hear real differences—if any—before I paid more and not simply judge by the price tag. I’d also wanted to ensure what I bought was built to last. You can always pay more, but getting more over time can be a different thing.”
November 26, 2018 § Leave a comment
“Even if you aren’t using a traditional two channel system, with amp or receiver and speakers, the P1 Plus is a great choice for those with powered speakers, or an all in one box like the B&W Zeppelin or Naim MuSo. We just happen to have both on hand here, so merely switching the line level cable for one with standard RCA plugs on one end and a 3.5mm stereo plug on the other, it was easy to add vinyl playback to these systems. Taking things further, we plugged the P1 plus into a pair of powered Klipsch “The Sixes” as well. Again, a fantastic combo that works well for those living in a small living space, yet still wants to enjoy their record collection. Or perhaps start their first one.
As someone who has owned and reviewed nearly every turntable Rega has made for the last 35 years, I remain astounded at how they keep refining this platform. There is no easier record playing platform than Rega’s Planar 1 Plus, and I doubt a better value either. Definitely Exceptional Value Award material!”
November 15, 2018 § Leave a comment
“’m fine with the vinyl resurgence having less than honorable beginnings. Ask any hipster on the street if they are a hipster, and you’ll be met with protestations and denial. Go to your local record store and ask any hipster with vinyl in hand, “What do you like about vinyl?”, and they’ll tell you plainly “it’s the sound.” Ask them next, “What do you listen on?”, and nine out of nine times it will be a Crosley suitcase turntable, or a “vintage” thrift-store turntable on it’s last legs. This answer doesn’t exactly jive with what us audiophiles know to be the reality of proper vinyl playback. What millennials are having is indeed a lo-fi experience. But as time goes by during this resurgence many of today’s vinyl collectors — who got into it ironically — soon found themselves experiencing something unexpected as more affordable hi-fi turntables entered the market. Entry level hi-fi turntables are now fashionable as decor pieces and making regular appearances in tech blogs, YouTube channels, and within the mandatory reading material of millennial hipster sub-culture.”
November 8, 2018 § Leave a comment
“udging the performance of an affordable turntable is always something of a balancing act. I am a fully paid up fan of the format but I have no trouble admitting that all other variables being eliminated, even a good affordable turntable (and even some fairly unaffordable ones) will lose a measurement fight with an Audioquest Dragonfly, let alone something more expensive. At the same time, there are a significant number of areas that turntables need to hit in order for a record to be something other than a stereotypical ‘warm and smooth’ sound. What is notable is how many of these basics the Primary E manages to cover. ”