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on 30 December 2012
If you were thinking about spending £120-£140 then by all means consider the very fine AT120's or Denon 110's but if you're looking for a first decent upgrade on the cheap cartridge that came with your turntable look no further.
Rega offer an upgrade package for their RP1 turntables that includes the Rega Bias 2.
The 2M Red is a much superior cartridge to the entry level Bias and appears as if it was designed with Rega tonearms in mind.
Fitting and aligning on my Rega Planar 2 took me just under 15 minutes. It fitted flush with the end of the tonearm and the captive screws meant I only needed two hands rather than the usual three.
After running in, I found the sound very suited to my Arcam system and probably wouldn't recommend it for the thrash metal fan.
The top end is slightly "rolled off" but it displays an excellent informative mid band and good controlled base. Surface noise is minimal and tracking superb which makes playing old vinyl particularly rewarding.
There's an upgrade path to the 2m blue by changing the stylus as these both have the same cartridge body.
In short, not the best cartridge money can buy, but probably the best you can get for £80