Updated 6 Oct 2015

Rega

RP1

Snapshot: The Rega RP1 is a belt drive turntable with a synchronous motor. It comes with an MM cartridge and a conical stylus. It can play 33 1/3 and 45RPM. But what’s the sound like with the needle on the record?

RP1
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$775

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Test results

Overall score
70
Listening
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Technical
?/10

Good points

  • OK to use.
  • OK sound quality.
  • Excellent technical accuracy.
  • Has damped cueing.
  • Has removable lid.

But

  • Cannot play 78RPM.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Listening (60%)
Ease of use (20%)
Technical (20%)

To test sound quality we used three experts. They assessed each turntable using two records: Pixies’ Best of, and ABC’s The Lexicon of Love, which is an older worn LP also used to check for skipping.

The reference speakers are Mordaunt-Short Aviano 1 bookshelf speakers. They are positioned about two metres away from the listeners, with the panel judging overall sound quality.

For ease of use, one tester assessed setting up the turntable out of the box, including attaching the platter, belt, and any adjustments that were needed before operation. He also evaluated the instruction manual. Operational aspects judged include speed selection and cueing a track.

Technical score was a bit more, well, technical – if you don’t know the following terms, don’t worry. Our tester assessed the difference between claimed and measured figures for wow and flutter, tracking force, and frequency response using calibrated reference LPs. He also measured rotational speed accuracy.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$775
Type
Regular turntable

Specifications

HxWxD
112 x 442 x 362mm
Weight
4.2kg
Recommended tracking force (g)
Not stated

Features

Lid
Yes
Hinged lid
Yes
Removeable lid
Yes
Power control
Rocker
Motor type
Synchronous
Drive type
Belt
Pitch stabilisation
Internal AC sync
Reverse play
No
Pre-amp
No
Auto operation
Manual only
Damped cueing
Yes
Tone arm clamp
Yes
Feet levelling adjustment
No
Speakers
-
Stylus
Not stated
Stylus shape
Conical
Stylus illuminator
No
Cartridge
Rega Carbon
Platter construction
Phenolic resin
Platter mat
Felt
45RPM spindle adapter
None

Playing speeds

33 1/3RPM
Yes
45RPM
Yes
78RPM
No

Connections

RCA stereo
Yes
USB
No
AUX in
-
Memory card slot
-

Encoding

USB cable
n/a
Encoding software supplied
n/a
Software Mac OSX compatible
n/a

Technical

Wow & flutter, claimed, WRMS, 33RPM (%)
Not stated
SNR, claimed (dB)
Not stated
Output level, LINE, claimed, mV @ 1KHz 5cm/s
n/a
Output level, PHONO, claimed, mV @ 1KHz 5cm/s
Not stated
Pre-amp gain, claimed (dB)
n/a
Could play older LP without skipping
-
Measured tracking force
-g

More Info

Notes

Standard turntables in our database have been tested to a different method than USB turntables.