Rega FP6 in the Test

Rega sends the legendary P5 in the happy hunting grounds and presents a successor to nearly the same price with FP6. Technically sophisticated in many places, it may achieve sound fields which were previously denied its price class players.

Even if it does appear in this report – turntable must be not necessarily red. Was just a coincidence that the Rega FP6 achieved precisely in the same color as the Pro-Ject.

On closer inspection, it then also soon becomes clear that the Rega comes from a different price range. The 400 euro, which the Pro-Ject costs inclusive of excellent Ortofon system, would be due at the Rega alone for the in-house pickup exact.

That Rega despite the price difference acts as his Czech colleague, while Carl, but by no means complex and massiger is located on the design philosophy of the English company: well a player therefore not due to excess pounds and unnecessarily complicated detail solutions will brand ‘from behind through the knee”but by an optimal ratio of stiffness, precision and only as much mass as it is absolutely necessary to achieve the first two properties.

Light, stiff, backlash-free: Every new detail on the FP6 has its origin in this request triangle. The most striking is the perforated Alustrebe between platter and tonearm bearings. It is, as well as its counterpart on the bottom, glued and forms together with the included frames segment an extremely rigid connection, without the mass and so the unwanted storage of energy – in the height.

The dish, more specifically its edge, is one of the few places where some weight is useful. As with all Middle Rega of FP6 has therefore a round glass – rotate on the small models, on the big dishes ultra dense alumina ceramic instead of wood or plastic Windows. The plate of the FP6 has the double thickness on the last centimetres – he consists of two glued together invisibly, then ground and polished layers of smoked glass.

The plastic inner plate and neatly shaft corresponds to the of the P5 or also the RP3 then again exactly. Rega is based here but a precision machined aluminium Crown him. On the one hand creates ground clearance for the thicker plate, benefiting from the resulting hardness gradient glass “ALU-” plastics in combination with the smaller and more precisely defined contact surfaces but also the resonance behavior and smoothness.

The Sub plate sandwich is powered by a 24V-Synchronmotor with Metallpulley and round belts – a classic combination of English of FP6 with a customized external oscillator power supply force the maximum vibration poverty. This TT-PSU there already for the P5, however — other than at the FP6 – only at an additional cost.

We have already seen the pick-up arm of RB-303 – on the RP3. Externally the classic RB-300 very similar to he has a new course of wall thickness of the headshell to the bearing block and creates something, previously considered difficult or impossible — namely to surpass the rigidity and resonance of the classic cast aluminum artwork again.

Remains the somewhat awkward adjustability of height, while the arm can be now much more easily adapted than for older re gas: on the one hand he is gespaxt on the frame Board from the top and can be solved easily by screwdriver – instead of as before with a 30s – spanner -. And on the other hand, there are practical spacers, one simply pushes, and must not more cumbersome thread from below via the connection cable.

With Rega’s own systems will not only any spacer spare but extremely simple fails also the adjustment in the case of the exact: thanks to three-point fastening, the needle of the handmade at Rega MM system without the use of stencil handy trainings camp in place sits. You must adjust the pad pressure, roughly adjust the anti-skating – and hear for the first time a couple of hours sheets.

It is in the nature of all Rega players that they get maximum fun out of the Groove without neurotic adjustment excesses, and the FP6 is no exception: almost frightening dynamically he built musical suspense in the AUDIO listening room, let the idiosyncratic rhythms on Bill Callaway John precisely engage masterpiece “Apocalypse” and provided the exquisite voice of the singer-songwriter with an excellent speech intelligibility in the Center.

The Rega played critical panels unshakably stable and clean, with crisp, singing bass runs. He was not only the RP3 ahead, but also the beautiful P5, which he succeeds after eight years of production as well just how deserves to move into the high class. For a 1300-Euro players a sensational result.

Conclusion

Besides the Rega’s own systems, which emphasize the rhythmic and earthy sound, 2M-Abtaster by Ortofon, especially their vonehmere versions 2 M Black and 2 M blue recommended for lovers of perfect picture and utmost cleanliness. They fit optically perfectly in the Rega headshell and make the FP6 to a musical challenge search engine, who grieve before no matter how difficult slab.