This product is available in the following variations:
No cartridge - £1,598.00
With Rega Exact MM cartridge - £1,798.00
With Rega Apheta 2 MC cartridge - £2,298.00
The RP8 is a ground breaking turntable which includes a significant range of revolutionary developments. A radical plinth design using custom materials, the RB808 tonearm, 24v low voltage motor controlled by a customised hand tuned electronic power supply, a triple layer float glass platter and a re-designed precision engineered hub bearing assembly are all part of the package. Available with the option of the RP8’s perfect partner; the Rega Apheta 2 moving coil cartridge can be factory fitted. These are just some of the features of this amazing turntable designed to extract more music from your vinyl than ever before.
The RB808 tonearm is meticulously hand built by a team of highly skilled technicians. It has improved bearings and a tightened spindle fit tolerance over previous models (each bearing is individually selected). A brand new, low mass, precision engineered, vertical bearing assembly has been manufactured to further compliment the inherent design philosophy of the RP8 turntable. The RB808 uses the latest Rega arm tube, completely redesigned to redistribute mass, further reduce stresses and resonances, this advanced design tube increases the stiffness and rigidity of the overall assembly using CAD design to blend the multiple varying tapers.
Externally Rega have fitted a bespoke phono cable with only two parts to minimise joints, and incorporates a twist and clamp design locking the plug to the terminal. The design increases connectivity and ensures the signal path is kept as clean as possible.
The new RP8 three piece laminated glass platter is the result of collaboration with a small, British glass engineering company. The Rega RP6 was the first Rega turntable to use a precision engineered glass ring laminated to the outside. The RP8 takes it one step further by laminating three rings together to produce the RP8 super flywheel effect glass platter - an engineering triumph !
The compact TT-PSU uses a high stability, crystal locked, low distortion sine wave generator. This, along with an efficient drive amplifier fed from a stabilised DC power supply, generates a 24v AC balanced signal of less than 0.05% distortion, which is completely un-affected by any changes in the mains/line voltage and conditions. This then drives the improved Rega anti-vibration circuit built into the RP8 motor PCB.
The RP8 turntable utilises a unique new stressed skin structure produced from thin phenolic skins sandwiching a featherweight nitrogen expanded, closed cell, polyolefin foam core. This material has been developed exclusively for Rega over a three year period. The RP8 plinth is 7 times lighter than the weight of the original Planar 3 plinth. Rega has added even more stiffness in the crucial area between the arm and the main bearing with a double brace mounted specifically where the increased rigidity is required.
A common problem for many skeletal design turntables is the inability to incorporate an effective dust cover into the design. Rega have constructed an outer frame that minimises contact between the inner and outer plinth. The only points of contact are three location devices on the feet which centralises the inner and outer plinths perfectly. This makes set-up extremely easy and allows the use of a dust cover. The RP8 can be used without the outer frame if so desired.
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