Rega Planar Three Turntable
Rega has been making turntables in the UK since 1973.The Rega P3 is waking the world up with a new ground up redesign that is making it possible to have a completely new turntable that will truly turn heads in every possible way.Replacing the multi award winning and five times What Hi-Fi? Product of the Year (RP3) was never going to be an easy task. It took their team of designers headed up by Rega's Roy Gandy, two years to develop the all new 'Planar 3' following the biggest re-design of the iconic 'three' model ever seen.
Rega's team have worked tirelessly to improve every aspect of this turntable offering improved ergonomics, usability and first and foremost, sonic performance.The plinth is more rigid thanks to a pair of phenolic braces on the top and bottom surfaces that strengthen the area between the tonearm and brass main bearing as previously seen on it's bigger brother, the RP6.The bearings for the Rega tonearms are hand picked by trained Rega staff to ensure optimal tracking of the record groove.The Rega Elys 2 eliptical stylus ensures maximum music information is extracted from the record groove and record wear is minimal.Importantly, the Elys 2 cartridge – and the complete package for that matter – conveys the music with cohesion and sparkle.The gloss finish on the plinth and the highly polished ‘Optiwhite’ edge on the 12mm glass platter help add a touch of visual class to the Planar 3. Every Rega turntable is now bench tested for a minimum of 12 hours in the Rega factory in England prior to packing and shipping to ensure quality control.Listening to the atmospheric sound of vinyl played on a Rega turntable is truly special experience.
With the Rega Planar 3/ Elys 2 combination there's scale, and a surprising dose of authority. Large-scale dynamic shifts are delivered with enthusiasm while shifts of a subtler variety are handled with finesse.Importantly, the cartridge – and the complete package for that matter – conveys the music with cohesion and sparkle. No sign of restraint creeps into crashing climaxes; the Planar 3 holds its resolving powers all the way to the very peaks.
The RB330 and Elys 2 combination is capable of superb resolution, timing and attack, without neglecting the bottom-end. The arm is easily capable of taking on a more expensive moving-coil (MC) cartridge for digging a little more detail out of those vinyl grooves, but the Elys 2 does a cracking job without breaking the bank. Percussion sounds crisp, vocals are clear and realistic, and there’s plenty of tight bass.
On the Rega, the vinyl, is more emotionally compelling, better focused, better nuanced harmonically, keeps your attention longer, and provided a much bigger, airier picture. The Rega ties together the individual strands in such a way that the music makes total sense. The music’s message and its emotional content are communicated with utmost clarity.Sound quality is absolutely astonishing for this price.
RB330 tonearm - Designed using the latest 3D CAD & CAM technology, the new RB330 is the culmination of more than 35 years of tonearm design experience. Featuring a brand new bearing housing, and our latest tonearm tube designed using intelligent redistribution of mass ensure this arm will exhibit fewer points of possible resonance. Extreme stability with almost friction free movement from the new high precision bearing assemblies guarantees to gather more information from your vinyl than ever before.
DB Technology (Double Brace Technology)
"Mass absorbs energy - lost energy equals lost music!"
Rega has pioneered the use of lightweight rigid plinths. Clever use of lightweight particulate core with a highly rigid phenolic resin skin became the foundations of the high level of performance achieved by the now iconic original Planar range.
The new Planar 3 takes this design philosophy to the next level. A lightweight acrylic laminated plinth strengthened using a new improved double brace system mounted specifically where the increased rigidity is required (between the tonearm mounting and the main hub bearing) which forms a structurally sound "stressed beam" assembly. This rigid plinth design prevents energy absorption and unwanted resonance, which will add unnatural distortions to the music.
Equally, heavier mass can transfer more unwanted energy, such as motor or bearing noise directly into the rotating record. The use of braces instead of the complete skin allows double thickness phenolic resin in these key areas while providing further weight reduction to the plinth which directly addresses the issue of mass absorption and unwanted energy transmission.
After the the huge success of the Rega RP3,the challenge of a redesign is a huge mountain to climb.We think this new version is the best RP3 yet, adding extra servings of clarity, precision and insight to an already musical sound.Roy Gandy and his design team are so passionate and understanding of music.They have recently designed a prototype unlimited cost turntable just to see how far they could go.
What Hi-Fi? Magazine Awards 2018 winner.Their words:" Want the best value turntable on the market? This is it."
- Featuring a new bias assembly, re-designed stiffer vertical bearing housing, integrated
arm clip and an improved spring housing with easier to read numbers.
- Rega made, new low capacitance phono cable with Neutrik plugs,
- Improved lower friction, precision horizontal and vertical bearings
- New design 100g mild steel balance weight.
Plinth - High gloss acrylic, laminated plinth, stiffer and vastly improved appearance, ergonomically positioned power switch.Two plinth finishes at launch: gloss black & gloss white
Double braces - Improved thicker 3mm phenolic bottom brace and new metalised skin phenolic top brace.
Bearing housing – Re-designed brass main hub central bearing, improved fit and construction reducing stress on the bearing itself.
Sub platter - Re-designed sub platter, improved accuracy and improved stiffness.
Platter - New float glass ‘Optiwhite’ polished rim 12mm – Improved accuracy in manufacture and stunning looks.
Re-designed foot - New improved foot to increase stability and reduce vibration transfer.
24V motor - Improved new motor control PCB with integration for the addition of TT-PSU for electronic speed change and improved advanced anti-vibration circuit (sold separately).
Motor cover tray with integrated cooling.
- RB330 Tonearm
- New plinth
- Double braces
- Bearing housing
- Re-designed sub platter
- 24V motor
- Motor cover tray
Hand assembled RB330 tonearm.
24v low noise motor / 12mm float glass platter.
Lightweight double braced plinth.
Precision main bearing.
Factory fitted Elys2 MM cartridge (optional for extra cost).
Compatible with the TT-PSU electronic speed change and power supply box (optional).
- Dimensions (lid closed) H 11.7 x W 44.7 x D 36 cm
- Weight 6kg
Vinyl Records are inherently statically charged and attract dust, fluff and grit like a magnet. To protect that atmospheric sound of playing your precious vinyl we highly recommend you invest in the anti-static Project Record Brush. It will prevent your stylus running over these contaminants and damaging your records.
The AM Record Cleaner Box Set not only includes the Anti-Static Record Cleaning Brush but also an equally important stylus cleaner to remove the build up on the stylus due to playing your vinyl. The record cleaner fluid and cloth are the perfect solution to cleaning up your record collection and optimising your vinyl listening experience.
These and other essential vinyl cleaning products are in our Vinyl Related Cleaning Products section.