Currently I’m using a NDX/nDAC/HCDR/SN2 system and had the possibility to audition an Audio Technika LP120XUSB turntable. The following things stood out for me:
- With the tuntable and using its internal phono preamp (LINE switch) I had to increase the volume approximately twice as much to achieve the same db levels compared to using NDX as a source. Is that so with higher quality external phono preamps?
- The turntable sounded very very detailed and clear with great midrange and highs, although a bit edgy and sharp from time to time. I was impressed that having a source which costs around 8 times less than my digital source I was able to pick greater amount of detail or at least the same and had a bit bigger soundstage and better dynamic and liveliness.
- The turntable lacked solidity and bass with its supplied cartridge and built-in phono preamp. The NDX/nDAC bring a lot more punch and bass. I believe having higher tier turntable and phono preamp this would be quite different.
Having this experience, I started having thoughts about getting a turntable and exploring the world of vinyl or/and getting an external PSU for my nDAC and hoping to improve the timing, fine detail and achieving more spacious and realistic soundstage like the turntable, however I’m suspecting that a good turntable might still surprass my digital source. In the end, analog and digital sources have their pros and cons and I might end getting a good analog source and also a PSU for my nDAC.
I’m a complete beginner in the world of turntables but I’ve read a lot of good opinions about Rega turntables. Having a little research I quickly picked my potential choice to Rega P3 or P6 with Rega Aria and Rega Phono/Aria phono preamp as an end configuration. Even though I don’t have much experience with turntables I don’t want to get started with an entry models like Rega P1 or other brand’s entry level model, then having to sell my gear and get a higher tier model, etc. Having in mind my amplification - SN2 with HicapDr, do you think I would pick the differences between P6 and P3? I also don’t plan to upgrage my amplification further than NAC 282/NAP 250DR in the future. Overall do you think a Rega system would match sonically a Naim system? What is good in a turntable configuration is that you can upgrade a lot of things step by step. I’ve read that Planar 3 is a good starting point, but P6 comes with the external NEO PSU and overall is a better turntable.
Overall do you think it’s worth investing in such a source and would for example a Rega Planar 6 source beat NDX/nDAX/XPS(XPS-DR)?