Rega RP8 Turntable with Apheta 2 Cartridge and TT-PSU



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Low mass, high rigidity plinths combined with electronically controlled low vibration motors, high flywheel effect platters and lower mass higher stability tonearms. The RP8 is the first of our “skeletal” design turntables offering ground breaking levels of performance and value for money.

RB808 Tonearm

The meticulously hand built RB808 has improved bearings and a tightened spindle fit tolerance over previous models. This is a proven method of increasing the amount of detail retrieved from the record surface.

A low mass, vertical bearing assembly has been manufactured to further compliment the RP8 using the latest Rega arm tube. Completely redesigned to redistribute mass, further reduce stresses and resonances, this advanced design tube increases the stiffness and rigidity of the overall assembly using CAD design to blend the multiple varying tapers.

Externally we have fitted a low capacitance phono cable. It has only two parts to minimize joints and incorporates a twist and clamp design locking the plug to the terminal. The design increases connectivity and ensures the signal path is kept as clean as possible.

Custom TT-PSU power supply

The compact TT-PSU uses a high stability, crystal locked, low distortion sine wave generator. This generates a 24v AC balanced signal of less than 0.05% distortion, which is completely un-affected by any changes in the mains/line voltage and conditions.

Aluminum skin Phenolic - Dual bracing

A super lightweight plinth combined with a double brace forms a structurally sound “stressed beam” assembly. It prevents energy absorption and unwanted resonances which will add un-natural distortions to the music.

Super flywheel effect triple layer glass platter

The new three piece laminated glass platter is the result of collaboration with an emerging, British glass engineering company. In general the only part of a turntable requiring extra mass is the turntable platter to achieve constant rotational speed. However a heavier platter creates more problems for the main bearing design. An ideal compromise creates the best solution.

This means keeping as much of the mass to the outside rim of the glass platter to create more flywheel effect but keeping the inside of the platter as light as possible without sacrificing stiffness. The RP6 was the first Rega turntable to use a precision engineered glass ring laminated to the outside using modern CNC techniques to ensure concentricity. The RP8 takes it one step further by laminating three rings together to produce the super flywheel effect glass platter.

Skeletal plinth design with polyolefin foam core

Rega produces light but stiff and rigid plinths. In simple: unwanted noise at microscopic levels is developed by the turntable motor and main bearing. The plinth can also pick up airborne vibration from the music.

In the 70’s, Rega pioneered the use of a stressed skin structure for the plinth. This uses two layers of phenolic resin with a lightweight particle or fibre board sandwiched between the skins.

The RP8 turntable utilizes a unique new stressed skin structure produced from thin phenolic skins sandwiching a featherweight nitrogen expanded, closed cell, polyolefin foam core. The plinth is 7 times lighter than the weight of the original Planar 3 plinth. Rega has added even more stiffness in the crucial area between the arm and the main bearing.

Decoupled outer frame and dust cover

A common problem for many skeletal design turntables is the inability to incorporate an effective dust cover into the design. We have constructed an outer frame that minimizes contact between the inner and outer plinth. The only points of contact are three location devices on the feet which centralizes the inner and outer plinths perfectly. This makes set-up extremely easy and allows the use of a dust cover. It can be used without the outer frame if so desired.

Key features:

  • Hand made RB808 tonearm
  • Precision engineered bearing and aluminum sub platter
  • Triple layer float glass platter Custom matched TT-PSU
  • Skeletal plinth design
  • Apheta MC factory fitted
  • Magnesium and phenolic bracing
  • Hand made RB808 tonearm
  • Precision engineered bearing and aluminum sub platter.

Cartridge

The Apheta 2 is the second generation of Rega's unique moving coil cartridges. It features a super high-powered, neodymium magnet and a coil meticulously hand wound on an iron cross that is fifty percent smaller than the original. This weight reduction allows greater freedom to track the vinyl groove ensuring even more detail is extracted from the vinyl.

It is housed within a completely redesigned, single piece, aluminum anodized body and protected by a CAD designed, clear rigid cover to protect the internal fine wires. 

  • Tracking Pressure 1.75 - 2.00g
  • Input load impedance 100 ohms
  • Output impedance 10 ohms
  • Nominal output voltage 350μV
  • Channel Balance : ≥ 20μV
  • Separation : ≥ -29dB
  • Mass: 6g
  • Iron cross & coil assembly
  • Cutting edge neodymium magnet
  • Vital profile nude diamond stylus

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