Unlike other reports of the Carbon cartridge, I find it to be acceptable for most music, so I won't be replacing it, especially since I'll be fixing my 698 someday. i got it finally! The Mani is excellent, here is my review: https://theaudiophileman.com/schitt-mani/ I have everything connected to a 110 power converter and I’m afraid of burning it up by plugging it into the 220 outlet. Great site and it’s fantastic to see such an interactive comments section, you should be very proud. I’d have to disagree with those dealers you mentioned. I’m in the US so the Rega Planae 1 comes more expensive, so how does it compare to a Fluance RT85 or a Debut Carbon ? Sounds good Andre – glad it’s working for you. I’m not necessarily recommending the retailer, I’m just using the retailer to illustrate the cable for you: https://www.futureshop.co.uk/qed-xt25-speaker-cable-custom-length. What’s the priority with this suite of purchases? Hi Paul! Already doubting about the Rega Brio amplifier now :). I have a Rega P1 turntable connected to a Denon PMA-201SA amplifier. Budget: 300-500€ for a turntable + pre-amp but I could stretch a bit if necessary. There’s no electrical items near to it now? Thanks! Keep the cart and phono amp. Although my aim is to get a Planar 3 in a couple of years, I’ve decided to upgrade the Planar 1 with the Rega Performance pack which includes the Bias 2 cartridge. Finally what would you recommend for speakers please ( with good bass and highs). Have been reading some articles on the site as I am interested in purchasing some audio equipment for my listening pleasure. Hi Vance – if you’re looking at future upgrades – and you’re talking of the ‘6’ indicates that might be the case – then I’d look at the Moon phono amp which will boost current performance but will also work well for any future turntable upgrades you might have in mind: https://theaudiophileman.com/110-phono-amplifier-review-moon/. These three items together will rival other products costing several times more. 1) Can I plug this into a pair of bookshelf speakers straight out the box, or do I need to separately purchase a pre-amp? Hi Ignacio – no, I haven’t published a review as yet. Hi T.K. Super … thank you so much for your thoughts … for now anyway, I know where I’m heading … , My apologies for not looking through your reviews in a little more detail … but I now have, and see that you’re not a huge fan of the Planar 1 Plus … Dear Paul, well I finally got the Planar 3 and am quite happy with it. Grab some QED cables from Amazon too. But Rega went out of its way to design every element of this stellar plug-n-play 'table to ensure you enjoy scintillating fidelity from your LPs. All the features of the award-winning Planar 1 turntable with the addition of a built-in high quality MM phono stage, making this the ultimate ‘Plug and Play’ turntable. Sound-wise, the Rega Planar 1 was a such an huge step up from my old turntable that I went to several extra steps to be satisfied with it. Best regards. , Cheers, Paul. The Ultimate 'Plug and Play' Turntable From what I hear, Belgium operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz. Piano was both rich and full with a new air of lightness about the notes which now seemed to dance politely across the wide and broad soundstage. Great! One local shop has recommended I go for the Rega Apollo CD player and couple it with the Rega Brio amp. I have a RP1 with an Ortofon 3m red connected to a Rega Fono mini A2D. Which infers you have different hi-fi components now. Possibles are: Onkyo A-9030 or this one from Cambridge: https://shop.cambridgeaudio.com/uk/product/topaz-am10?_ga=2.243982213.1231146302.1512732807-525930975.1506716579. I would like to add a turntable to listen to my old LPs from the 70s and 80s and maybe buy new ones. Add an elliptical and the price shoots up. Thank you for the quick replies and the suggestion, looking forward to your future content. With this set up, which cables would I need and how many of each? Thank you so much Paul! Try and ask for a home demo to see if the system works without any issues. You’ll need QED interconnects to run from the phono to the amp. I’d be looking for a deck valued around the £600 mark or even higher. You can control it via an app too which you might like. My current set up is a Hegel H80 and Elac FS uni-fi fs5 speakers. Is it convenience, the ability to hook the lot up to your TV, streaming, etc? I think I mentioned at some point I was thinking of upgrading my current amp, a C. Audio 640 A Azur V 2. Well that term ‘budget’ is the apt word here. Rega Fono to be added at a later date. I also sprung for the upgrade package. Regards the all in one DM41, I don’t mind spending a bit more for noticeable audio quality, so would the Marantz MR612 (for example) be a significant improvement. How much of a significant difference in sound quality does the external phono add? Thanks in advance, Stuart. So my question to you is: is it even worth getting a beginner-level (sub $1000 from what i’ve heard) turntable if what i want most is improved sound quality over digital? Can you recommend one in the 120-150 range? I am looking to play a lot of Talking Heads, Led Zeppelin, Television etc on it if that helps. Am also buying the Rega Fono Mini A2D Phono Pre-Amplifier, and Q Acoustics 3020 Speakers as you recommended, is there anything else I would need? Excited to get “back into vinyl.”. Let me know about the budget figure. So, Rega turntable to phono amp to Pioneer. Thank you for all your advice . Yes, a good design. I was looking at something around the £200-250 range depending if I can find a good deal on ebay. Next I’ll be asking suggestions for a set of speakers for a small listening room (a.k.a. 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