For Those About to Rock Turntable Package
The Turntable - Rega Planar 2
The sound of this turntable is dynamic, straightforward and honest, with a very good balance of the entire range. The main star of this turntable is, in fact, a tone arm. Rega’s tone arms have traditionally offered perhaps the best performance and price-performance ratio.The RB220 tonearm incorporates new ultra low friction, Rega-designed, bespoke, zero play ball-bearings, housed within a new stiffer and lightweight bearing housing. There is also an upgraded platter with a new floating glass ‘Optiwhite’ design.
The Rega delivers the bass line with punch.The Rega is big-sounding enough for lush electronic soundscapes laced with synth chords to sound bold and atmospheric too. It gets into a Saturday night feeling with pop melodies, and uptempo drums are energetic and punctual in the mix.The ability to tie all the musical strands together and paint them on a precise and spacious canvas seems to come easy to the Rega, and in that aspect its delivery just works.The Planar 2 is a high-performing deck at a competitive price.Add to that a handmade Rega cartridge and all that vinyl detail comes to the fore.
The Amplifier - Emotiva TA-100
The Emotiva provides some convenient features that the modern day music listener requires.The preamp section includes a high quality phono preamplifier and two other analogue inputs for CD player and other devices.It also has an inbuilt Digital to Analogue Converter with plenty of digital inputs for your TV, computer and other digital sources.It has optical, coaxial and USB inputs.There is also an optional APTX Bluetooth input module available.The high performance FM tuner has 50 presets.It also includes a convenient remote control and a subwoofer out for system expansion.
Even the casing of the Emotiva exudes high quality with a solid steel chassis, solid milled aluminium faceplate and high quality parts and construction.Build quality that beckons back to the old days of hi-fi — the faceplates with etched (not printed) brand logos, machined metal knobs instead of the cheap plastic commonly found today, and well thought-out circuit topologies dropped into cleanly-wired and dressed chassis. Emotiva is a company with its heart in the right place—that is, in delivering an old-school, high-quality audio experience to its customers at a fair price.
The Speakers - Klipsch RP-500
Klipsch is a legendary American loudspeaker manufacturer that was founded by Paul Klipsch in 1946. Klipsch sound as defined by its history brings an unexpected surprise to the music listener.Special nuances and dynamics reveal the intent of the artist and open up emotions that allow us to enjoy the the true message that the artist intended. Klipsch call them Reference speakers because they take you back to the original - and remind you of what the artist meant to be delivered to the listener.A distinctive trait with all Klipsch Loudspeakers is their "Live" sound.
What the Crew Thinks
As we always say, when you start with a hand assembled in the UK Rega Planar turntable you are on a special vinyl playing musical journey. Using this through the high current Emotiva receiver amplifier that has the "horsepower" to bring the dynamics of the music to your space creates a special music playing experience. The Klipsch Reference speakers deliver with the unique classic Klipsch "live" sound.