Rega rp8 vs Project extension 10


Hi every one I am currently looking for a replacement turntable for my old jvc turntable. I have narrowed my choices to the reba rp8 and projet extension 10. I can get the project for around $3300 or the rega rp8 for $500 less then the projet which my dealer has in stock. I have listened to the rega which I like a bit better because of it's speedy dynamics. Though only listen to the project only at a dealer demo before.with a slow recording nothing dynamic. So don't know what else does the project have over the rega. Any thoughts since they both cost the same?
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No experience with either table, but be aware that some Rega tables are known to run fast. Make sure the one you heard is maintaining correct speed, as otherwise its "speedy dynamics" may in fact be a distortion of the music.

Beyond that, comparing the sonics of two fairly evenly matched rigs is a challenge. It sounds like the rigs you heard were located in different rooms, attached to different systems, set up by different people, perhaps with different cartridges and were playing different records. With so many variables, even highly trained ears might be unable to tell which sonic differences were due to the rigs themselves vs. the other factors.

Best hope is if people have compared them side by side in the same system, with the same cartridge, playing the same record.

Hope you get some useful inputs. Good luck!
Not sure what other components you have but if equally old, you could look at saving a little on the rp8 with a rp6/ Clearaudio Concept and getting better amplification. While I am a spend as much on the source man, some older setups have awful old receivers and flabby speakers.
I really like my RP6 setup (see system link). The at-33ptg/ll, groovetracer ref sub platter and upgraded RCA connectors with furutech 126g made some very nice changes.
Well for components I have a cary slp-98p preamp with phono for mm cartridges. And for a power amp I have a cary cad120s with kt-120tubes and totem forest speakers. Which is an a great system with my old jvc and drives the speakers with ease.
So I demoed both with an ortofon black cartridge mm and both with a all tube integrated amp. But was planing on getting ether one the ortofon black to work with my existing preamp. Which people tell me its a great cartridge. I also have a large majority of old used vinyl too to use with a new turntable to keep in mind.
I also used a good selection to demo, my 3 albums Stevie ray "The Sky is crying", Daft Punk "Random Access " and Little Feat "Waiting for Columbus Live" Reissue.
I use a SLP-98P F-1, though I'm currently running my TTs through a Zesto phono stage.

The Cary's phono stage should work great with the Ortofon Black. I also had very good results running a Denon DL-103r through a Bob's Devices SUT into the MM section of the Cary. I felt that the Cary's MM phono section was comparable to that in the MiniMax, perhaps with a bit less richness in the mids.

I think you should be fine with your cartridge choice and either of the TTs.
I was considering a Pro-Ject Extension 10 but the "wall wart" as a power supply and the tonearm was(is?) very sensitive to microphonics were deal breakers. I ended up buying a 1 owner Rega P9/RB1000 and currently very satisfied. With the Rega RP8 you have the option of several cartridge upgrades, a $2500 cartridge is not out of place on a RP8. You will need to work on vibration control on any Rega deck. Many recommend the Rega wall mount but it wasn't possible for my current set up. There is no real consensus on what replacement feet work best, i'm using Deflex Foculpods($30/4 pods)and they have eliminated any edginess in the treble. Spiral Groove Strange Attractors might be the best option $450/3 feet but I have not taken the bait. Hope this helps.
I have a rack of silence reference version for my cd player, preamp and amp. which all have feet of silence under them except the cd player which only has spring shelf. I plan to put the turntable on top with a peace of marble or the solid-tech turntable shelf. Im planning to use one of the two. Though my power amp is heavy enough to act as a dead weight at the bottom of the rack.
I have a Pro-Ject Xtension 12 w/Ortofon Black. I do not think the Black is an ideal choice for this arm/table. To my ears, the table/arm tend to make the already analytical Black more so. Although hard to adequately quantify, in objective terms, the combo just doesn't draw me into the music. Earlier this week, I took the Pro-Ject out of the system and fired up an old TT I have had for a long time. It is a tweaked Thorens TD 150 (I negated the suspension) with a Rega RB202 with a Denon DL 110. It was an eye-opener. I was listening to music again, not the gear. So, instead of going down the LOMC (which I believe would be a much better match with the Pro-Ject),
I ordered a Rega RP 6 to replace it. I will initially be mounting a Denon DL 110 to get the party started (I need a MM or HOMC because of my integrated phono stage).