I love my RP6. I don't like Rega cartridges check my posts for more details. I don't like the Marantz look and I have not heard it.
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I only have experience with the Marantz TT -15. This TT got me back into vinyl big time. I had forgotten have great records sounded. I never had any problems with this TT. My only problem with it was that it made me want to get even more into analog. I upgraded to a VPI Classic 1 and then to a Classic 3 but I still miss the Marantz.
Well, since I cannot audition the Marrantz TT-15, and after some time researching it, I am inclined to take the plunge and just buy one for the following reasons:
1) The Clearaudio Satisfy tonearm is also used with some pretty expensive and well-reviewed Clearaudio 'tables that are in a significant higher bracket than both the RP6 and TT-15. I mean, it must be pretty good given this fact.
2) The fact that VTA cannot be adjusted on the Rega(other than with spackers) bothers me more than I expected.
Although I intend to use the stock cartrige with any of those tables, I hate the idea of fiddling with spacers instead of turning a couple of screws.
3) Parts quality and their combined price seem to make for an outstanding value in my opinion.
4) Looks count for me, and as much as I want to like the Rega RP6, it just seems more of a standard table. I know that a lot of engineering want into it, but somehow that visible swiss-cheeese bracket on top bothers me a bit. I do not question the functionabilty, but it looks like something used to correct a design flaw, although I am convinced that it is not, but sure looks it to me.
I think those 2 tables are fantastic performers, but I will probably side with the ''Clearaudio'' Marantz package.
Sound quality of course in crucial, but I expect both to be overkill and sound very nice.
I had considered the Traveler, but after what I found out with the first generations's problems and the troublesome tonearm, I dedided to pass on it.
Ended-up getting the "Marantz Acrylic Spectacular"!
Very, very nice. Sounds great so far, no issues.
It occurred to me that I could make it a bit more of the eye candy it already is by using some inexpensive LED lighthing to shine through the light-conducting acrylic platter.
Does not improve sound, but what a conversation piece...looks beautifull at night. As with my other gear, (Sonus Faber, Pathos) LOOKS COUNT although of course not the main criteria.