Rega Fono mm mk3 vs mk5

AndyCalvert

Active Member
I have just upgraded my speakers to Monitor Audio Silver 500's. Currently run by Roksan Caspian M2 CD/Amp/Power amp and a Clearaudio concept mm turntable. The phono stage been used is just a cheap Project one.
My first question is will upgrading at all give a much improved sound and my second question is what is the difference between the Rega Fono mm mk3 vs mk5? They seem to be very close in price. The mk3 gets lots of good reviews online but I cant find much out about the mk5. Thanks Andrew
 

MaryWhitehouse

Well-known Member
I would guess at the moment you’d get most improvement from a phono stage upgrade.
No experience with the cart but a lot of the improvements from mkx to mky are pretty small so they don’t encroach on upper price points.
 

AndyCalvert

Active Member
Ok thanks for the reply. I will probably just go ahead with my original decision and get a Rega Fono mm mk3 then since there is a lot of good reviews about it. Unless anybody else has any suggestions? On offer for £180 now compared to £220 for the mk5.

 

MaryWhitehouse

Well-known Member
Get a better phono stage first ;)
 

Ascotbilly

Well-known Member
The Mk3 is an excellent phono stage.
Have one connected to my Rega Brio which has a more than adequate built in phono. However, the Mk3 gives a clear improvement in sound quality.

It’s probably the best £ for £ piece of kit that I’ve bought
 

Flobs

Active Member
The MK3 has a rounded box and hence is 'nicer' it also gives great sound. Only problem I have with it is the back moves a lot when you plug in the RCA cables (so hopefully you only need to do that once) and from photos I can not see that Rega have done anything about that on the MK5. I doubt there's any real difference in the circuitry, looks like cosmetic changes to me. Specs are exactly the same!
 

barnitto

Active Member
The MK3 has a rounded box and hence is 'nicer' it also gives great sound. Only problem I have with it is the back moves a lot when you plug in the RCA cables (so hopefully you only need to do that once) and from photos I can not see that Rega have done anything about that on the MK5. I doubt there's any real difference in the circuitry, looks like cosmetic changes to me. Specs are exactly the same!

Yes it is exactly the same, just cosmetic changes to match the current Rega amps.
 

Ascotbilly

Well-known Member
Have just noticed that and it’s a pain as I’ve plans to buy an RP3 this year eventually getting the Neo speed control but that’s had a change of casing also.
 

Numpty112233

Active Member
Try a free audition of the Spartan 10. A bit more expensive than the Rega you're looking at so will push your budget but in a different league completely for sound.
 

AndyCalvert

Active Member
Thanks for all the replies. Probably why I couldn't find any reviews on the mk5 then if its technically the same as the mk3. Cheers for the advice on the Spartan 10. Have had a read up on it, sounds good but I am not going to take the plunge on a new product. Plus I want a black one. Aesthetics and all. Placed order on Rega 3.
 

Ascotbilly

Well-known Member
The MK3 has a rounded box and hence is 'nicer' it also gives great sound. Only problem I have with it is the back moves a lot when you plug in the RCA cables (so hopefully you only need to do that once) and from photos I can not see that Rega have done anything about that on the MK5. I doubt there's any real difference in the circuitry, looks like cosmetic changes to me. Specs are exactly the same!
Note they’ve also changed the design of the Neo PSU to the “box” I’m upgrading to a RP3 later this year and was also considering the Neo so will have it source an “old” one now
 

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