Yeah, to say I was extremely reluctant of the Rega philosophy would be an understatement. I approached with a lot of trepidation. Luckily I had at least heard the P8 with a Hana cart on it a few times at a local shop (granted it was on a very expensive/fancy setup with components I am mostly not familiar with). All I know is when I got it I was sold. Best source I have ever heard. I have mine paired with a Zu 103r, and overall just supremely natural/engaging with stellar technical, quiet performance. A lot of Rega haters seem to suggest low mass design can't do bass reproduction adequately, and I have had zero issue in this regard. All that to be said, I would not mess with the Rega decks below the P6. Better options down in that price range.