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Even in 1992, yep.... that's 12 years ago
Even then, my friends and family questioned why I wanted a turntable.
Some folk wanted them because they had a established record collection, and wanted something to play records on. Invariably, they chose Midi system (remember those?!?) type arrangements.
I chose the Rega Planar 2, and stick firmly behind it.
It may have had a facelift, but essentially Rega are still kicking out superb turntables.
I asked Rega for a brochure back in those days. They sent me a letter telling me to go to a dealer and have a listen. They had no brochure!
But that was the best bit! There was no brochure, no silly specifications or tech-talk... Simply go and have a listen!
There not being many dealers, I travelled a long way to hear a Planar 2, I took my favourite records, and sank into the sofa in the hi-fi dealer's basement.
OK... now in 2004, I'll admit I'm not buying vinyl, but I still have superb exambles of Jazz, rock, and contemporary music on vinyl, and the Rega still chucks out a sound that betters any CD.
Yes, there are crackles, no-one denies that, but in my house there is an experience of really warm music, vibrant and punchy, mellow and accurate. There's no skip option or remote control, the tonearm needs loving care, but I love it.
The crackles get filtered out by the human ear, but everyting else just overwhelms.
Wouldn't swap my P2 for any mp3 player....
Friends with P3's all share my opinion, and feel a natural affinity to Rega products.
Just make sure you reinforce your choice with good Amp, speakers and cartridge.
If you are reading a review of this type of turntable, then your probably a bit older than the Briteny Spears appreciation society members, and probably appreciate the sound of good well kept vinyl. The Rega ooozes solid build quality and just the cleanest sound. My niece saw my deck and pronounced they her family had 'one of those'... comparing it to her own Sony stack record deck. If you want something that will do justice to your investment in vinyl, and you have a good separate system to match, the Rega is a very sure bet purchase. You wont be going wrong. Though, if you are keen to play your 45s frequently... be warned that the mechanism for changing speed.. involved removing the turntable itself and moving the gear band yourself. If your considering this turntable... your only decision should now be.. can you afford the glass platter version of the Rega 3, or what colour do you want the Rega 2 in. Personally, I think some of the colours available alllude too closely to the Britany Spears appreciation society membership. Something id prefer to steer away from when im listening to Neil Young - Harvest, or Paladin Charge, or Rennaissance - Ashes are Burning.