I bit the bullet and upgraded to an RP6 after a comfortable year with Rega’s entry level RP1 turntable with a Bias 2 cartridge. This new platform improves in so many areas beginning with an award-winning tone arm, plinth bracing, more stable motor, an extraneous power supply and speed regulator, float glass platter (the glass is flawlessly flat through a process where the malleable glass is floated on molten tin), better feet, and thick RCA cords. I have it plumbed through a Bellari VP130 Preamp and a Rega Brio-R amp, suitably channeled through two PMC TB2’s. I splurged with a new cartridge −Rega’s top of the line moving magnet Exact.
Miles Davis’ horn now floats in air in So What. George Winston’s piano sits in my living room in Windam Hill’s December (1982) and Cat Stevens is finally speaking to me through Tea for the Tillerman. Bravo. Life is too short to listen to synthetic music through an iPhone.