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Wanting to hear from owners of the current Rega P8

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by rufusbass, Nov 13, 2020.

  1. rufusbass

    rufusbass Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    California.
    Hi All:
    I’m considering retiring my aging funk vector turntable -which is suffering some pitch stability problems, and although it’s been a great turntable is somewhat temperamental.
    A friend of mine has offered me a great deal on a barely used P8 , and I would love to hear from folks who own one - and what their experiences have been so far, in terms of both sound quality reliability, and functionality!

    Thanks :)
     
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  2. Leonthepro

    Leonthepro Skeptically Optimistic Autodidact Debater

    Location:
    Sweden
    Is there something specific you want to know?
    Rega is not the best brand in terms of speed stability if thats what you want to know.
    And tables are not main arbitors of soundquality.

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  3. GoldprintAudio

    GoldprintAudio Forum Resident

    Location:
    Lexington, NC
    The above charts show the OLD RP8 and RP10. The new models have a speed adjustable power supply if you want/need to adjust (this applies to P3 with the NEO added, P6, P8 and P10).
     
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  4. Leonthepro

    Leonthepro Skeptically Optimistic Autodidact Debater

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    Sweden
    Have they reduced Wow and Flutter? Because the Speedbox wont fix that.
     
  5. chrism1971

    chrism1971 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Glos, UK
    Don't trolls come from Scandinavia?
     
  6. frimleygreener

    frimleygreener "It 'a'int why...it just is"

    Location:
    united kingdom
    I love my P8.
     
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  7. Leonthepro

    Leonthepro Skeptically Optimistic Autodidact Debater

    Location:
    Sweden
    Indeed. Its also something we like doing:

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  8. LARGERTHAN

    LARGERTHAN Forum Resident

    Location:
    Eire
    To be fair, I think the p8 and p10 wow and flutter, rumble etc as measured are about as good as belt drives get. Of course, a good DD will prevail here.
     
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  9. chrism1971

    chrism1971 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Glos, UK
    Anyway, to answer the OP's question a little - I use an RP8 but with a Neo - i.e. I can set the speed precisely - so not a P8 but the nearest thing. I also use the metal feet, and an AT33EV cartridge. Lovely smooth, subtle sound, full of detail with great soundstaging. The last thing I'm thinking about is wow, flutter or rumble - the latter which I'm very familiar with, having used a couple of those highly-regarded idler drive decks from the 1950s and 60s about 30 years ago.

    I'd buy the P8 if I were you.
     
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  10. MGW

    MGW Less travelling, more listening

    Location:
    Scotland, UK
    Yes, 'funny' how all of the criticism of Rega comes from someone who does not even have a belt drive deck, let alone a Rega or a Rega 8.
    Of course, supplying a more stable power supply to the motor should also reduce wow and flutter as well, especially I would imagine for a DC motor (not sure if the 8 is DC or not).
     
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  11. Leonthepro

    Leonthepro Skeptically Optimistic Autodidact Debater

    Location:
    Sweden
    Just because I dont have one now doesnt mean I havnt had a Rega, which I have. But I dont need one to quote their own in house tolerances. Perhaps its good to get some perspective rather than solely listening to Rega fanatics.
     
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  12. rufusbass

    rufusbass Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    California.
    Thanks- Yes, I am very tempted, and it seems from the replies and other threads people are finding reliability/build to be very good too...Plus, I have to confess...I just love the way the P8 looks!
     
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  13. Dhreview16

    Dhreview16 Forum Resident

    Location:
    London UK
    I like my RP8/Apheta, and the P8 is supposed to be better. If you like the design, and the price is right, go for it.
     
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  14. GyroSE

    GyroSE Forum Resident

    Location:
    Sweden
    :laugh::laugh::laugh:

    All of us aren't trolls over here but some of us might be.

    For the OP; the Rega P8 is an excellent choice- it's really a great sounding turntable. Please observe that this verdict comes from someone who isn't a Rega fanatic. I say go for it! :righton:
     
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  15. Tourswede

    Tourswede Forum Resident

    Location:
    Berlin
    For what it’s worth... I have used an RP8 for some years and love it. Best upgrade for the money I ever did was to buy the wall bracket for it. I run mine with an AN IQ3 mm cart with great results!
     
  16. rufusbass

    rufusbass Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    California.
    Thanks- yes main points were about reliability and build- it seems folks are generally very happy w the RP8 and the P8
     
  17. Litejazz53

    Litejazz53 Great Digital Music For Every Good Boy & Girl

    I will have to give the P8 very high marks, it's very well engineered, the cartridge was already mounted, turntable was ready to go. The Apheta III is a very worthy MC cartridge, I can give this beautiful design a five star rating.
    The only thing that just did not work for me is the little flimsy partial dust cover, that was a no go for me. I upgraded to a nice, full cover.

    [​IMG] Pictured with the little small cover that lets in dust on all sides, this one was not for me.


    [​IMG] This cover is so much better, absolutely NO dust getting into all the little crevices


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  18. rufusbass

    rufusbass Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    California.
    Exactly my thinking- I am hoping the full size cover I had made for the funk table will fit!
     
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  19. Do you play with the cover on or off?
     
  20. Litejazz53

    Litejazz53 Great Digital Music For Every Good Boy & Girl

    With a full cover it's just too risky to move the cover back in place while the record plays, always with the cover OFF.
     
  21. dianos

    dianos Forum Resident

    Location:
    The North
    I had the P8. Great table if you get along with the foam and minimalistic design (which I didn't).
     
  22. Joel Shapiro

    Joel Shapiro Forum Resident

    Any P8 owners notice the plinth sagging like with the P6? I know there's not much plinth on the P8, but what plinth there is is made from the same material.
     
  23. Docbot

    Docbot Active Member

    Location:
    London
    I love my P8 with Apheta 3. A great over my P6 with ania. The Apheta feeds into an Aria then to a Naim SN2. Wonderful. BTW I did not experience (or even heard of) sagging of my P6. The p8 has a great build with no problems (touch wood!)
     
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  24. Slimwhit33

    Slimwhit33 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Orange County NY
    Why don't you look it up and find out? And remove the incorrect information you posted since it has absolutely nothing to do with the topic at hand..
     
  25. Joel Shapiro

    Joel Shapiro Forum Resident

    This thread is about the P8. And why don't you buzz off?
     
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