Finally Lurked for 2 years, then bought......Rega

a Rega P-5 w/Exact II cart. and PSU controller. I've been "into" stereo since the 60's, but my equipment has always been low end due to $ constraints. Now that I can afford a bit better, I'm constantly amazed at what I hear. My speakers are Vandersteen 2ce signature, the "amp" is a Yamaha RX 2095 AV receiver - with a phono stage and a decent headphone output.

I've only been listening since last night, but I'm hearing a musicallity and a quickness and a rightness to the music that hadn't blessed my listening room before. I can now see why certain performances are far and away preferred to others. I look forward to break in on the cart and continuing explorations.

I thank those of you who shared your experience with Regas to an older audiophile who didn't want to tweak, just listen. I ended up with the right set up for me.

BTW, my BM dealer phoned me at 8:30 PM last night to make sure I was happy with the set up he'd done and that the music was flowing well.

Thanks, all,

Joe in Seattle
Let's see how many CD's you listen to now!

Right on, Joe! That's a real heartwarming story. Enjoy the new setup.

Yes John at 'The Audio Connection" is a fantastic dealer.Anyone in Seattle who is in to highend tube gear/vinyl...etc. should visit his shop.He has been incredibly patient while I audition various componets.Also,he and Denis Had from CARY AUDIO have been wonderful in assiting me with modifications to my CARY phono stage and 805c amplifiers.
John will continue to assist you as you upgrade in the future.....
Congrats Joe. It sounds like you are enjoying listening to your music, not your system. Keep it up. I wouldn't change a thing as long as it is satisfying you. Enjoy!

Congratulations Joe! After 12 years I'm spinning vinyl again. It is still miraculous how vinyl can sound. The matter whether vinyl is better than digital isn't solved yet, because I think analog and digital are two different media with own signatures. I've heard the Rega is a tweaker's delight. I wonder if it would matter if you place the turntable on a sort of vibration absorbing base (off the shelf or DIY). What kind of design is the Rega turntable (suspended or non-suspended)? Is the cartridge a MC or MM design? Happy New Year to all of you.