Upgrade a Rega P9?

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Dennis Metz, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. Dennis Metz

    Dennis Metz Born In A Motor City! Thread Starter

    Fonthill, Ontario
    I have a Rega P9 with an Apheta cartridge. I like it quite a bit, but was wondering what would be the next step up...:edthumbs::cheers:
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  2. james

    james Forum Resident

    I'd keep it unless you want to go in a completely different direction, like a Garrard/Thorens, Technics or SME.
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  3. Maltman

    Maltman Somewhat grumpy, but harmless old man.

    Vancouver Canada
    If your pockets go down to your ankles maybe an RP8 or RP10? But it doesn’t seem to me that you need to upgrade from what you’ve got. Maybe look at upgrading some other part of your system.
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  4. audiolab1

    audiolab1 Forum Resident

    Ontario, Canada
    Without moving away from your current table/arm, I'd look at a non-Rega cartridge and/or a phono stage upgrade.
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  5. GyroSE

    GyroSE Forum Resident

    Keep it and get an use Rega Ios phono stage instead...
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  6. Brother_Rael

    Brother_Rael Forum Resident

    Scottish Borders
    Or a custom build from the likes of Inspire?

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  7. Dhreview16

    Dhreview16 Forum Resident

    London UK
    It would be an interesting comparison with the new RP8/Apheta. I don’t know the answer as to which is best, but the RP8 is getting rave reviews, and I’m guessing the used price for the P9 might be around the same as for an RP8. The design is obviously quite different if aesthetics are important to you.
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  8. Echoes Myron

    Echoes Myron Forum Resident

    Have not heard the P9, but I have to imagine going to an RP10 would only be an incremental change for the money? Maybe an Aphelion/Aura?

    There are rumors that Rega is coming out with a turntable a level above the P10. Now that would be something!

    I just finished building my "reference" system which is RP10/Alpheta2/Aria/Elicit-R/KEF Reference 1. It is an incredible system and I am not planning any upgrades for many years. But when the time comes I am thinking Aphelion/Aura and maybe an Osiris or possibly go a different direction for the amp. Very happy with the all-Rega front end though. And the RP10 is all the table I will ever need. A very special piece of gear.
  9. Dubmart

    Dubmart Forum Resident

    Bristol, UK
    I've only heard them separately and in different systems, but for my money the RP10 was noticeably better than the P9 so I'd wait until they bring out the Planar 10 and give it a very serious demo, otherwise it's go vintage or look at Michell, Vertere, SME, Technics etc.
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  10. Aereoplain

    Aereoplain Forum Resident

    charlotte nc usa
    New cartridge
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  11. vinylontubes

    vinylontubes Forum Resident

    Katy, TX
    I think you're at the bottom of the rabbit hole.
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  12. sturgus

    sturgus Forum Resident

    St. Louis Mo
    You have a really nice table. Maybe an Audiomods V tonearm. That would give you more flexibility in cartridge selection and I think it's a better arm overall, but the 1000 is still a good arm.
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  13. Classicrock

    Classicrock Forum Resident

    South West, UK.
    When I last heard a P9 I was unimpressed. Based on what I have heard on a limited basis I think anything from the new P6 up is better. Would suggest hold out for the new P10 or go for something completely different such as Michell Orbe or Notts Hyperspace.
  14. Given your current TT/Cart I'd upgrade the Naim Stageline or look into the Apheta II.
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  15. Marshall_SLX

    Marshall_SLX Forum Resident

    This thread is right up my alley, i have a P9 with an RB2000, which was born out of necessity as i bought a used P9 and the arm was damaged but i really glad ive got it. I have seen it written that the RB330 matches and even surpasses the RB700 and comes very close to the RB1000 and the RB808 according to a Rega employee (discussion was in the New P6 thread) betters it. I have to say i am skeptical given the source of the info but if you bought your P9 used then maybe a new arm and fresh bearings could be nice. On the other hand if you bought it new and or know its history then maybe its not worth it.

    I cant see myself changing from the P9 and if i did i would have to A/B it live in the same room with its possible replacement. I am not familiar with Naim gear so cant comment on upgrades there but i have heard the Apheta 2 on an RP10 and i would say if the sharpness of the Apheta 1 bothers you or you get sibilance then the Apheta 2 will fix that and maybe round out the tone a bit. I use tube power amps to tame it a bit but i like its sound. I actually have 2 of them one of which is worn out and i will be getting it rebuilt with a micro ridge stylus and boron cantilever. I do think i may end up with an Apheta 2 at some stage though.

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  16. Dennis Metz

    Dennis Metz Born In A Motor City! Thread Starter

    Fonthill, Ontario
    Thanks for the responses. I should update my profile to include the preamp I’m actually using. Because of a lack of wife acceptance I’m using my P9 in my basement system.

    JD 9 II Phono Preamp | Jolida

    I think maybe it’s time to try a new cartridge.
  17. Dhreview16

    Dhreview16 Forum Resident

    London UK
    Be careful....one of the things I most like about my RP8 is the synergy with the Apheta 2.:p
  18. Dennis Metz

    Dennis Metz Born In A Motor City! Thread Starter

    Fonthill, Ontario
    If I go for a new cartridge it will be an Apheta 2. :edthumbs::cheers:
  19. I have owned a P9 for years but seldom listen to vinyl. The one thing I miss with a belt drive is torque.

    Leave artisanal tables behind, go nuts and get the new Technics SP 10 R.
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  20. Dennis Metz

    Dennis Metz Born In A Motor City! Thread Starter

    Fonthill, Ontario
  21. rpd

    rpd Forum Resident

    Oh my goodness....
  22. SamS

    SamS Forum Legend


    I also owned the P9 for years. Went to the Technics SL-1200GAE and never looked back.
  23. Scott in DC

    Scott in DC Forum Resident

    Washington, DC
    Get a different cartridge. I never liked Rega cartridges.

  24. Steve0

    Steve0 Audio Banana

    Upgrade it to an Orotfon Credenza Bzlack MC cart & Herron VTPH-2 Phono stage
  25. chrism1971

    chrism1971 Forum Resident

    Glos, UK
    Don't put an Ortofon on the P9 (sorry) - bad match. If you upgrade cart, the Apheta 2 is definitely better than the original.
    Your best single improvement would be the power supply - if the P9 PSU can be swapped out for the RP10 one, or the new Neo, either of which would hugely improve detail.

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