rega planet 200 & mira 3
The only conceptual difference is in the fact that the rear wall is treated with closed - cells pyramidal polyurethane composite. Listening in different rooms (or with different equipment), helps the reviewer figure out different tasks for the same gear, clearing out the mistakes possibly generated by one's usual set-up. Too often machines are given a slating just because they have been tested in an insufficient, approximate or even wrong way under the environmental point of view.
The reference system
It would be better to talk about reference systems since the Regas under test have been matched with partners very different from each other in order to test more than one kind of set-up. As digital sources I have used a heavily tweaked Marantz CD 67 and a Rotel 541 CD. Analog sources vary from the Pro-ject 2.9 wood with its factory tone arm, to the Thorens TD 124 with SME 3009 tonearm, to Thorens TD 160 with stock tonearm. Cartridges: a Sumiko Pearl and a Shure N 97 xE, both MMs. Coming to the amp set, I used a Pro-ject phono pre, the Phono box, a DIY tube phono pre, the "Lo Scherzo", a DIY tube amp, a Galactron Mk 2060 amp, a "mini pre" pre, an AM-Audio A- 50 power amp. Speakers: Sonus Faber Concertino Home, original B&W 801 and Opera 1.5 AV. Solid Steel shelf. Cables: Van Den Hul speaker cables and interconnects, Cablerìe d'Eupen power cords, Monster Cable interconnects.
As CDs I used, in random order: John Scofield, Works for me, Verve; Dave Matthews Band, Listener Supported, Rca; Scott Anderson, Steve Smith, Victor Wooten, Vital Tech, Tone Center; GentleGiant, Octopus, Vertigo; Banco del mutuo soccorso, Darwin, Virgin. With reference to LPs: Miles Davis, Kind of Blue, Columbia; Jethro Tull Aqualung, Chrysalis; Genesis, Selling England by the pound, Carisma; Agnes Buen Garnak, Jan Garbarek, Rosensfole, Ecm; Bob Marley, Rastaman Vibration, Islands; Chick Corea, Return To Forever, Ecm.
Rega Planet 2000, Mira 3: build quality
The look of the new Regas is a sure eye-catcher; all the units regardless of their kind share the same slim front panel - except for the record player of course. The Planet 2000 bears a nice red-digits display at the center of its front panel; indications are as usual, there is also a matrix that reads the total tracks number. At its left we find the on / off switch, on the right four soft buttons for the basic machine control: play, stop, and track search. The Rega logo and the model name are printed on the far left of the panel. On the back of the Planet, left to center, we find the RCA analog output connectors, the toslink and coaxial digital connectors, then the mains plug socket at the center of the
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