Rega Rp8 vs VPI Aries 2 Black Night


Hi all,
I have the chance of buying (without demoing, though) the two TT of the title, more or less at the same price. Rega is an ex-demo, VPI preowned.
I now own Project RPM9.1x with a "ground-it" pad and speed box, that makes it similar to a Project RPM10.
Cartridge is a Lyra Delos.

I would like to have some comments on the two TT above, which one you prefer and why, or even just their "sonic signature", differences between the two, and so on.

thanks, ciao
Daniele
daniele_g
Whats wrong with RPM9.1x ?
Actually nothing in particular, but I'd like to try un upgrade; moreover, I'm afraid the TT is the relatively weak link of the chain: I feel both the Delos and my Klyne phonostage may deserve something better to fully express their potentiality. and I may like to explore some better carts & phonostages without a bottleneck in the TT (assuming the Project is: is it ??).

maybe you think that neither RP8 nor Aries 2 would be an upgrade to the "modded" RPM9.1x ?
my guess was that both would be a step forward, but if not so, saving money is never bad.
You really couldn’t go wrong with either one and IMHO, they would be an upgrade from the RPM9.1.

The Rega is pretty much a set it up and forget it about unit. Excellent musicality.

The VPI will probably give you more bass impact and detail.

That’s a tough call.
I've had the Aries 2 Black Knight for a long time.  It's a solid product that has worked flawlessly. It also looks nice, with appealing industrial design that sets it apart from and above the Rega products in my opinion.  I've made some key changes and upgrades over the years.  The SDS speed control is important and makes a big difference. I traded in the stock tonearm for a JMW 10.5i Classic 3 tonearm, which was not cheap but also improved the resolution and bass on this table. My Aries sits on a Gingko platform, which some don't like, but I've found that it helps with resolution at high volumes, noticeably reducing smear from airborne vibrations. I'm going to stick with this set-up unless I can find a way to move up to a much more expensive rig (VPI Direct, for instance, or Brinkmann).
VPI Aries.  Period.  No question it's a MUCH better table than the Rega.  I own a first generation Aries (extended) with a JMW-12 tonearm.  It has had a few upgrades over the years, but still retains the original qualities of the table. 

My table sits on Original StillPoint cones which made an improvement. 

It's hard and pretty expensive to get a better table than an early Aries.