The real Rega value is at the lower price points. You'd be hard pressed to match or outdo it at that level. Though they are going more upmarket nowadays (might have to rephrase that "sensibly priced" part of the mission statement when the 5000 dollar cd player comes out). Their really exceptional value products seem to always be at the lower price points. At the P9 price level the options really open up. About 9 or ten years ago Wayne Garcia did an interview in a magazine called Fi on the Planar 9 and had to pull his Planar 3 out to make sure he heard it right. He said the 3 got the music better and Rega needed to go back to the drawing board (you probably won't see a review like that nowadays), the current P9 is not the same table he reviewed though. Rega did go back to the drawing board.