Reference-Level Performance; Reasonable Price
Rega's RP6 turntable brings the outstanding performance of a higher-end table down to an affordable price. The sleek, streamlined RP6 features no superfluous gimmicks or distractions. This elegantly minimalist design, centered around a lightweight, yet very rigid plinth, maintains superior build quality and incredibly accurate sound reproduction. A marked step up from Rega's innovative RP3 table, the RP6 offers a cleaner, more powerful performance. The RP6 is fitted with a hand-assembled RB303 tonearm, a precision main bearing, Rega's new "stress-beam" assembly, and a low-vibration, low-noise 24v motor assembly which is individually hand-tuned to its circuit to further reduce vibration. The RP6's innovative design and Rega's use of extremely high quality components ensure that your turntable will last for decades. This 'table produces that analog magic that made Rega one of the world's most respected turntable manufacturers.
Designed using the latest 3D CAD technology, the new RB303 tonearm is the culmination of more than 30 years of design experience. Essentially a fine-tuned upgrade to the iconic RB300 tonearm, the RB303 features a brand new tube which has increased rigidity to the bearing housing, arm carrier and headshell. Coupled with intelligent redistribution of mass, this ensures that this arm will exhibit fewer points of possible resonance. Extreme stability with almost friction-free movement from the high precision bearing assemblies guarantee to gather more information from your vinyl than ever before.The compact TT-PSU power supply uses a high stability crystal locked low distortion sine wave generator. This, along with an efficient drive amplifier fed from a stabilized DC power supply, generates a 24V AC balanced signal of less than 0.05% distortion, which is completely unaffected by any changes in the mains/line voltage and conditions. This then drives the improved Rega anti-vibration circuit built into the RP6 motor PCB. The aluminum top hub adapter is manufactured to the highest tolerance and uses a six point mounting system to ensure the platter and vinyl is presented as flat as possible to the stylus.
"Mass absorbs energy - lost energy equals lost music!" Clever use of a lightweight particulate core with a highly rigid phenolic resin skin became the foundations of the high level of performance achieved by Rega's now iconic Planar turntable range. The latest generation of Rega turntables takes this design philosophy to the next level. A super lightweight plinth combined with a phenolic resin double brace mounted specifically where the increased rigidity is required (between the tonearm mounting and the main hub bearing) forms a structurally sound "stressed beam" assembly.
This rigid plinth design prevents energy absorption and unwanted resonances which will add unnatural distortions to the music. Equally, heavier mass can transfer more unwanted energy such as motor or bearing noise directly into the rotating record. The use of braces instead of the complete skin allows double thickness phenolic resin in these key areas while providing further weight reduction to the plinth which directly addresses the issue of mass absorption and unwanted energy transmission.
The RP6 features an innovative two piece platter design constructed from float glass. Manufactured using a complex and labor intensive invisible UV curing bond technique the secondary ring platter is permanently bonded to the underside of the main platter. The extra ring adds mass to the outer circumference which increase the natural flywheel effect of the platter improving speed stability, accuracy and consistency.
The RP6 includes a hinged dustcover which is easily removable for maximum sonic performance.
The motor is a high specification, 24V twin phase synchronous unit which has the anti vibration circuit hand tuned to each motor and is controlled by Rega's unique and innovative TT-PSU power supply. The motor drives the CNC machined pulley and sub platter/hub-bearing assembly via the belt drive.
"The RP6 delivers an increased sense of power, depth of harmonic richness, and percussive force, all with notable ease and gracefulness. What the RP6 ultimately delivers is what Rega fans have always treasured above all else, a gateway to a highly involving, long-term musical relationship with our vinyl collections." – Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound
"The RP6 lays into the bass texture...if your system has good low-frequency capability, you’ll notice the extra authority the RP6 musters. As for the midrange? Ditto." – Jeff Dorgay, Tone Audio
"The RP6 is highly able when it comes to reproducing the space in a recording; you can hear plenty of reverb on kick drums alongside their intrinsic power...This in the context of dense music with plenty of energy, a result that betters what I've heard from a number of more fashionable tables...The combination of effortlessness with resolution is beguiling." – Jason Kennedy, HiFi Choice
"The RP6 was able to present a convincing musical performance cleanly and simply, unfazed by the limitations of a particular record...Confidently offering a sonic uplift over the RP3, the RP6 seems to tread sure-footedly through the most difficult musical territory, unencumbered by any audible baggage of its own." – Steve Harris, HiFi News