Rega P6 Turntable, RB330 Tonearm, Neo PSU, and Ania Moving-Coil Cartridge
Focusing here on Rega, what I will report is what I and many others have found compelling about these designs over the decades. Despite the fact that Regas (I’m generalizing here) don’t provide the deep bass weight and power of some, nor the nth degree of dynamic extremes and resolution of others, they do possess a lithe, catlike nature that transmits the ebbs and flows—as some call it, rhythm and pace or “toe-tap-ability”—of music in a way that makes them highly enjoyable to listen to.
For those who aren’t into the endless tweaking that many upper-end ’tables provide for (or not, depending on how anal one is), who aren’t hobbyists but music lovers, who don’t want to fuss with the damn thing but simply play their records—in other words for those who want a turntable that is as close to plug ’n’ play as possible, that will keep spinning pretty much forever (Regas come with a lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects), and that require essentially zero maintenance (the occasional belt replacement aside)—Rega delivers. In spades.
For the past several years refashioned Rega models have benefitted from the company’s pedal-to-the-metal, no-expense-spared exploration of design approaches, which resulted in 2017’s limited-edition Naiad turntable. Rega’s website states that over the ensuing years the company “has made and sold more than 20 Naiads at a cost of £29,999 each.”
As it is with Rega’s RP8 and 10, lessons learned from the Naiad are applied to the P6.
Trickling down from the RP10 and 8 models are, to quote Rega’s design brief, the “ultra-lightweight Tancast 8 polyurethane foam core plinth (a material developed for the aerospace industry). This material is sandwiched between a new HPL (high-pressure laminate). HPL is exceptionally thin whilst extremely rigid and is presented in a stunning Polaris matte grey finished with high gloss polymer black edge trim.”
This marketing speak doesn’t really convey the effort that Rega put into utilizing the Tancast 8 and HPL materials, or how surprisingly lightweight the plinth, sans platter, is when you’re holding the thing—it feels as if it could float away with a strong breeze.
And for those who care about visual aesthetics, I can’t argue with Rega’s description of the finish. Although it’s quite simple, the P6 offers an unusually handsome take on the classic Rega profile. (The P6’s plinth is rectangular, while the 8 and 10 utilize the company’s wavy and even lower-mass “skeletal” plinth.)
By Wayne Garcia
Although I’ve been a wine merchant for the past decade, my career in audio was triggered at age 12 when I heard the Stones’ Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! blasting from my future brother-in-law’s giant home-built horn speakers. The sound certainly wasn’t sophisticated, but, man, it sure was exciting.More articles from this editor