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As the title of the company's book suggests Rega treats the turntable as A vibration measuring machine, a seismograph for the tiny variations in a vinyl groove. That doesn't sound very romantic but it's what you need if you are going to turn those undulations into a musical signal that resembles the signal that was cut into the vinyl master. Rega's theories about how to best do this have proven themselves over the last 40 plus years and boil down to controlling vibration in the turntable, arm and cartridge in order to maximise signal retrieval and keep distortion as low as possible.
To this end Rega has always strived to make the plinth, the main body of the turntable, as stiff and light as possible.Even though their popular P3 and its predecessors look like a simple slab of composite wood they are far less straightforward under the skin. The extent to which Rega has gone in this pursuit is most apparent in the RP8 and RP10 models, on these the plinth is a sandwich of foam with phenolic skins either side, which forms an extraordinarily light yet massively stiff basis on which to hang a motor, arm and bearing for the platter....Continue reading here
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