David ... I''m currently using a Planar 3/Elys2 with Rega Fono MM, but now plan to upgrade the turntable.
To that end, I've just ordered the Aria phono stage (so as not to hold back the performance of the turntable and cartridge).
With my lowly collection of 300 LP's, I'm not sure I could quite justify the RP10/Apheta2 (though the funds aren't the issue).
I've pretty much narrowed the choice down to either;
1. Linn LP12 Majik - though I understand that its internal Majik PSU isn't the best and the tonearm (Project) and moving magnet cartridge (Adikt) , may not produce the ultimate performance at this level. Also Peter from Cymbiosis is unlikely to visit New Zealand to make sure that it is set up properly. Can I really trust the Kiwi dealers to do an equivalent magical set up to match Peter's expertise!
2. Rega RP8/Apheta2 - has the advantage of a moving coil cartridge, no 'infinite upgrade' doubts/wishes of the Linn hierarchy methodology. Simply plug and play and enjoy the music, without obsessing about the kit and next possible 'tweak'.
Unfortunately, in New Zealand I can't compare the two side by side - so have had to read endless reviews to support my experience, when auditioned at separate dealers.
The dealer claims that the Majik level LP12 will outperform any Rega ... though I'm not convinced!
3. Possibly RP10/Apheta2 - for the occasional LP listening sessions, can I really justify the outlay???
I intend to focus on digital sources for upgrades, so simply wanted a turntable to match the performance of my current source (Naim ND5xs/Chord Hugo) .... when listening to vinyl.
Out of interest, what made you choose the RP8, apart from its stunning looks ?