Incredibly Light Yet Extremely Rigid Design Ranks as Best-Sounding and Most Advanced 'Table In Rega History: Stylish Rega RP10 Turntable Is Definition of High-End Analog Magic
Hand-Built RB2000 Tonearm, DSP-Controlled Custom Power Supply, Super Flywheel-Effect Ceramic Platter, Radical Skeletal Plinth, and Hand-Tuned Motor Complete Desirable Rega RP10 Turntable
The end-result of spending more than four decades committed to turntable mechanics and high-end performance, the Rega RP10 turntable arrives as the most advanced – and best-sounding – 'table in Rega history. Bolstered by a radical skeletal plinth with
a unique stressed-skin structure comprised of polyolefin foam, RP10 advances what's possible in an extremely light albeit entirely rigid design. The new RB2000 tonearm, a flywheel-effect platter, low-noise motor, and custom power supply that
affords complete control over motor vibration and speed round out this sonic sensation. The Product of the Year Award-winning RP10 represents the biggest evolution of Rega founder Roy Gandy's turntable design philosophy: Low-mass, high-rigidity plinths combined with electronically controlled low-vibration motors, high flywheel effect platters, and lower-mass, higher-stability tonearms.
"The sound is beautifully balanced between grace and power the – gorgeous detail and coherence, great dynamic snap, and the finest expression of Rega's signature rhythm and pace. For Wayne Garcia, listening to music with the RP10 is as engaging an experience as he's ever known!"
– The Absolute Sound
, Product of the Year Award
“No doubt about it—the RP10 is Rega Research’s best turntable to date. More than that, in every way it’s up there with the best I’ve reviewed, and better than turntables costing more.”
—Michael Fremer, Stereophile
, February 2018
DSP-Controlled Custom Power Supply
Housed in Rega's custom design case is a brand-new, advanced anti-vibration and speed control circuit dedicated to running the 24V low-noise motor. The speed and control of the motor is achieved by using a new DSP generator built upon a high-stability crystal. The device will divide the accurate square wave from the crystal to the exact frequency required to turn the platter at the selected speed. The DSP core will also generate a near-perfect sinusoidal waveform to power the motor. Factory-set vibration and speed adjustments are then made to the power supply to tune the motor for optimal performance.
“Given a well-crafted modern studio recording, the RP10/Apheta 2 combination could demonstrate an almost magical combination of inner detail and timing.”
The RB2000 tonearm pushes the boundaries of tonearm design. As with all Rega tonearms, each one is meticulously hand-built by a team of highly skilled technicians. RB2000 uses improved bearings, each hand-selected to be an interference fit with the paired spindle matching both the inside and outside diameters. This Rega-developed method increases the amount of detail retrieved from the record surface and is designed specifically to maximize performance of the tonearm and cartridge. The entire tonearm structure is designed to have the minimum of mechanical joints while using the stiffest materials in all critical areas. The tolerance of RB2000 is so tight that no adhesive is used at any point throughout the construction. A low-mass, precision-engineered, vertical bearing assembly has been manufactured to further complement the inherent design philosophy of RP10. RB2000 uses the latest award-winning Rega arm tube. Each one which is meticulously hand-polished (keeping mass to an absolute minimum) and completely redesigned to redistribute mass and further reduce stresses and resonances. This advanced design tube increases the stiffness and rigidity of the overall assembly while reducing stress on the bearings even further.
“…The RP10 does reveal more music throughout the range. Transients are cleaner, the bass carries a bit more weight, and the high end is even crisper than before.”
Visionary Dual Bracing
A super-lightweight plinth combined with a double brace (mounted specifically where the increased rigidity is required) forms a structurally sound "stressed beam" assembly. This design prevents energy absorption and unwanted resonances which will add un-natural distortions to the music. RP10 takes Rega's double brace technology to the next level. Not content with an unprecedented stiffness to mass ratio, Rega obsessively reduced any resonant properties by using two different materials for the new stressed beam. The top layer is magnesium and the bottom layer is phenolic (two of the lightest and stiffest materials available). Incorporating two different materials into the brace structure lowers their ability to pick up unwanted airborne vibrations. Simply put, different materials have different natural resonances. By using two different materials together, they decrease the natural frequency of each other by self-damping.
Perfect Flatness and Accuracy: Super Flywheel-Effect Ceramic Platter
RP10 uses a custom ceramic flywheel-effect platter. The platter is produced from ceramic oxide powder that is compressed, fired, and diamond-cut to ensure perfect accuracy and flatness across the surface. The new platter features a modified construction over the previous P9 version, with improved coupling to the sub platter.
Hand-Tuned 24V Low-Noise Motor
A high-specification, 24V twin-phase synchronous motor is controlled by Rega's unique and innovative RP10-PSU power supply. The motor drives the CNC machined pulley, sub platter, and hub-bearing assembly via the twin belt drive. Each motor is individually hand-tuned to its own custom power supply in the factory to minimize vibration and motor noise.
Skeletal Plinth Features Polyolefin Foam Core
Rega has always researched methods of producing light but stiff and rigid plinths. The technology is simple: Unwanted noise at microscopic levels is developed by the turntable motor and main bearing. The plinth can also pick up airborne vibration from the music. Rega long ago pioneered the use of a stressed skin structure for the plinth. This uses two layers of phenolic resin with a lightweight particle or fiber board sandwiched between the skins. This technique has been used in many applications where stiff, light structures are needed. The current increase in interest in turntables has allowed Rega to research and develop higher technology structures for the customer that is happy pay a little more for higher sound quality. RP10 utilizes a unique stressed skin structure produced from thin phenolic skins sandwiching a featherweight nitrogen expanded, closed cell, polyolefin foam core. The RP10 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.
Decoupled Outer Frame and Dust Cover
A common problem for many skeletal design turntables is the inability to incorporate an effective dust cover. Rega constructed an outer frame that minimizes contact between the inner and outer plinth. The only points of contact are three location devices on the feet, which centralize the inner and outer plinths. This makes setup extremely easy and allows the use of a dust cover.