Rega Apollo sounds like a turntable?

Chokobolt

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I have now come across two reviews of the Rega Apollo, where the reviewers say that it sounds like a turntable.

Any Apollo owners/listeners care to comment on that? [;)]
 

plastic penguin

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Chokobolt:

I have now come across two reviews of the Rega Apollo, where the reviewers say that it sounds like a turntable.

Any Apollo owners/listeners care to comment on that?


Some CDPs can sound, due to the nature of CD processing and bit rates, analytical - I would imagine the Apollo has a more organic edge to its presentation. Others I've actually heard such as Exposure 2010S, Arcam 73T & 192 fall into a very similar bracket.
 
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JohnDuncan:I'd sell it if it sounded like a turntable...

This from the man who gave away Nutrons a while back. *cough*
 
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plastic penguin:Chokobolt:

I have now come across two reviews of the Rega Apollo, where the reviewers say that it sounds like a turntable.

Any Apollo owners/listeners care to comment on that?


Some CDPs can sound, due to the nature of CD processing and bit rates, analytical - I would imagine the Apollo has a more organic edge to its presentation. Others I've actually heard such as Exposure 2010S, Arcam 73T & 192 fall into a very similar bracket.

Add the SA7001-KI from Marantz on to that list then. Very neutral, non-harsh sounding CD player.
 

Frank Harvey

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JohnDuncan:I'd sell it if it sounded like a turntable...I'd but it if it sounded exactly like a turntable


The Rega Apollo and Saturn do tend to be the choice of those who are looking for a more analogue sounding CD player - some people just find CD too 'sharp'.
 

plastic penguin

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the record spot:plastic penguin:Chokobolt:

I have now come across two reviews of the Rega Apollo, where the reviewers say that it sounds like a turntable.

Any Apollo owners/listeners care to comment on that?


Some CDPs can sound, due to the nature of CD processing and bit rates, analytical - I would imagine the Apollo has a more organic edge to its presentation. Others I've actually heard such as Exposure 2010S, Arcam 73T & 192 fall into a very similar bracket.

Add the SA7001-KI from Marantz on to that list then. Very neutral, non-harsh sounding CD player.

Not heard the Marantz CDP, but oddly their are a number of rustic sounding CDPs, as long as you avoid Cyrus, Audiolab etc. (No, before anyone pulls me up on the comment, I do like Cyrus, Audiolab).... sighs with relief.
 

Chokobolt

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FrankHarveyHiFi:JohnDuncan:I'd sell it if it sounded like a turntable...I'd but it if it sounded exactly like a turntable


The Rega Apollo and Saturn do tend to be the choice of those who are looking for a more analogue sounding CD player - some people just find CD too 'sharp'.

Too sharp? Like, too detailed (shouldn't be a con) and in your face like?
 

Frank Harvey

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Yes. Some people feel that CD is too sharp, too harsh, or however the description goes for that individual. For me, CD tends to sound flat a lot of the time, lacking a three dimensional soundstage, which is one area where vinyl tends to walk all over CD.
 

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FrankHarveyHiFi:Yes. Some people feel that CD is too sharp, too harsh, or however the description goes for that individual. For me, CD tends to sound flat a lot of the time, lacking a three dimensional soundstage, which is one area where vinyl tends to walk all over CD.

So do you think I would get that with Apollo?
 

Chokobolt

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Okay


It's just because here in Denmark, the Rega Apollo cost (in £) 641,8 while the Rega P3-24/Elys 2 only cost £469,73



 

Chokobolt

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Will of course have to demo, but do you think the Rega P3-24/Elys 2 would blow the Apollo out of the water?
 

Frank Harvey

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Personal preference - I would never say one is so much better than the other. I prefer to listen to vinyl as I find it far more three dimensional and natural sounding. A well produced CD will sound better than a substandard vinyl, just as a well produced vinyl will sound better than a sub standard CD.
 

Chokobolt

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Fair enough


I don't own any vinyls/LP's but my dad has a lot of 25-30 years old ones, with Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, Pentangle, Grateful Dead etc.(He hasn't had a turntable in many years,so I am sure he would get very excited, if he was able to play his records again).

Do you think that will be reasonable to use them when I audition the turntable mentioned, or should I also try to get my fingers on a newly produced LP to throw in the mix?
 

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Hate to state the obvious here, but the science behind this (basically) is that an analog sound wave we hear is smooth and curved (sounds smooth!) and digital 1s and 0s attempt to trace this curve in an up/down and sideways fashion - the better the sampling rate, the less boxy this effective tracing of the sound wave becomes.

Thus, the better the CD player (and DAC), the more effective it is in creating this analog sound curve and sounding closer to a turntable.
 

Frank Harvey

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Chokobolt:Do you think that will be reasonable to use them when I audition the turntable mentioned, or should I also try to get my fingers on a newly produced LP to throw in the mix?
By all means take along some 'new' vinyl, but playing older music, that of which you mention, does tend to sound better than the modern CD counterpart. Some remasters to CD have been done very well, but many just sound bright. I'll probaby be picking up a lot of 70's vinyl over the next year or so.
 

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the record spot:JohnDuncan:I'd sell it if it sounded like a turntable...

This from the man who gave away Nutrons a while back. *cough*

Sold. I was skint. Ever been skint and sold something you later regretted?
 
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JohnDuncan:the record spot:JohnDuncan:I'd sell it if it sounded like a turntable...

This from the man who gave away Nutrons a while back. *cough*

Sold. I was skint. Ever been skint and sold something you later regretted?

Yes, but we don't talk about that little episode in public.
 

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