I spent some time finding a turntable that not only would suit my pocket but one that could grow with my new found taste for records. The new Planar 3 takes this design philosophy to the next level. I believe that the dealer service in optimizing the system especially the calibration of the Rega P3 has a significant role in how well this unit sounds despite the fact that I have changes all of the other pieces with the exception of the Rega. Take a peek at our video clip to see just how easy this all is. This is for the 2019 Planar 3. It’s among the best, if not the best circa $1000 turntables currently available. There was no comparison to digital. Disclaimer: If you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. The belt-drive Rega comes complete with felt platter mat and dust cover. Glad I still had my Systemdecl IIX, which I used for many years, buy that instead of this Rega, Systemdeck is way ahead of Rega and performs much better then it's price would indicate. He tells me that they have been going “aggressively” back to Rega’s original values and that they have done something “quite special” with the new Planar 3. P3 was purchased based on so many positive reviews here and in many audio publications. Additional equipment Rega Brio amp and Neat Motive SX1 speakers Price £625 Website www.rega.co.uk. Rega has pioneered the use of lightweight rigid plinths. A true bargain and with so many third party upgrades it is possible to make substantial improvements over the standard deck. Rega has improved it over the many years they've been making it. Since the Planar 6 has an external speed control unit, the spindle only needs one section and is designed to reduce friction. My Pro-ject Debut Carbon Esprit DC with Denon DL-110 sounds better than the Planar 3/Elys 2 combination. Made in U.K. First time and legacy Rega fans will be equally astonished at how much music this table reveals. The P3 has never been famous for bass extension, yet the new Planar 3 offers more weight, more control and more texture than ever. The third version of Rega’s classics is intended for a new generation of vinyl lovers. What’s new on the current Rega Planar 2 iteration includes a brand new RB220 tonearm, a new motor, and newly designed central bearings. At first listen the new table sounds fantastic, but memory has a way of romanticizing. The nut and washer of Rega’s past are now gone, claiming a much lower noise level and our listening confirms this. 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. We’ll also compare the Planar 3 to the Rega Planar 1 and Rega Planar 2 , to help you see the differences between these record players. Rega Planar 2 Review – Analog Plug and Play. Now made out of a special, clear glass called “Optiwhite,” the 12mm platter is made to a tighter tolerance than past models. During the 12-year history of TONEAudio, we’ve yet to have a Rega table measure anything but perfect speed and the Planar 3 you see here is no different. Also at this point warmth came upon the player and digital sounded harsh Of course both formats largely depended on the recordings. Comparing it to past platters, they all look green in comparison. I have owned this table for almost a year now. The plinth is glossy and you get to choose between white, red, and black. I use a Sumiko Pearl basic M cartridge. None of it. Salesperson Jon Spelt happened to be pulling a lime green Planar 3 out of a box, remarking, “What idiot would buy a turntable this color?”. It is such a simple deck to use, just one button, on and off. Nominal output is a fairly average 350μV so it needs a proper MC phono stage or a step-up and MM stage to get adequate level out. The turntable sounds sweet. Keep reading for excerpts from the review, and a link to download. The braces that goes from the tonearm pivot to the bearing are now 3mm thicker and the plinth is finished to a much higher level as well. Like many people I read the reports in the Hi Fi press about the Rega turntables during the mid nineties and was interested in upgrading fom an older turntable. I was not very impressed with the quality of sound came out of this cheap looking TT. I started to tweak things as I began to hear some weaknesses in comparison to other decks. Mine sits on a target wall mount shelf. And we love making things.”, It seems like only yesterday I was leaving the world of mass-market hifi and entering the wacky world of high-end audio. I had no trouble installing the new motor. There are no mods to my table. It cost me $400.00. Stepping up to a Sumiko Blackbird 2 was exciting, showing just how much more music this new table is able to reveal. The Planar 3 features a glass platter and probably the best inexpensive straight line tone arm in the industry - the RB-300 tone arm. Note: while the system listed here was used for ultimate comparison between the new Planar 3 and old to eliminate that from the equation, the majority of review listening was done with the new Simaudio NEO ACE integrated and a pair of Rogers LS5/9 speakers to keep this a bit more “real world,” if you will. Very musical. I would advise anyone that feels their Rega three sounds a bit restrained to get the Cardas kit fitted before changing anything else. On unpacking the deck our attention is grabbed by that minimalist and dramatically styled plinth. Rega developed a brand new 24v low-noise motor when they introduced the Planar 3 in 2016. However, if you want to get into the tweak zone, consider Rega’s Reference Drive Belt. Build quality is not on pair with the asked price. Should you order your Planar 3 with a Rega cartridge, setup will take all of five minutes. I purchased this piece of equipment without a cartridge so I don't know about the performance with the Elys cartridge. I searched hard and eventually bought a pristine Planar 3 with RB300 and new Goldring 1012GX cartridge, however I initially had some problems with set up - the speed just seemed to be too slow. I previously had a NAD phono preamp and it was junk. I run: Hegel H300 integrated B&W PM1 monitors B&W PV1 sub macmini digital server Clearudio nano phono preamp LAT cables (ints and speaker) Cardas USB I have spent approximately $40,000 to end up with this $12000 system. And by combining it with the table at time of purchase, you save $100. My Planar 3 is equipped with an RB-600 tonearm and Denon DL103 Cartridge. ), a third party pulley had been supplied with the deck. Conventional wisdom at the time was that direct drive (i.e. It also got rid of phase distortion and a lot of extra detail came through. The motor runs extremely quiet. Capturing some of that lost memory, it seems appropriate to dig out that Poco album from the vault and test drive it for old time’s sake. The Planar 3 is fairly unsubstantial in weight so it can suffer badly from vibration. I am now toying with the idea of the Clearaudio Concept because I am so wowed by the performance of the Nano (used). To really get a firm handle on just how much Rega has accomplished, a 36-year-old model is commandeered to compare to the current table side by side in real time. With Elys 2 the sound is closed in, lacking in airiness and details. I've noticed a few snarky comments made by other reviewers stating that if you dislike the Rega the problem is other equipment you have, not the Rega. When you see the new Rega Planar 3, take a close look. Which is where the Fono MC comes in, this has been introduced primarily to go with the Ania because the next phono stage up in Rega’s range is the Aria at £798. What impression will it have on older vinyl lovers? It’s robust and well built, but still looks the business. $1,145 with Elys 2 cartridge installed (Elys 2 is $295 separately), Amplifier                    Pass Xs300 monos, Speakers                    MartinLogan Neolith, Cable                          Tellurium Q Silver Diamond. That gives it a rather high moment of inertia, which means it resists speed variation. **  Ed. yes there is a humm, after a good play, so i may be interested in in some, sound, (no pun intended) advice on practical reasonable solutions, especially on an econic level! Then everything opened up after awhile. Like any turntable, the quality of the sound is highly dependent on the cartridge and then the phono stage you're putting it into. Thanks to the capability of the Xs Phono, it’s easy to hear a much lower noise floor on the new table compared to the old, but even through a vintage Marantz 2245 receiver, the difference is still discernable, even playing though a pair of JBL L100s. In fact, like a very specific version of the Marvel films, Rega’s efforts over the last three years - dating all the way back to the Planar 3 in 2016 - have been directed at this moment. Other Web Sites in the ConsumerReview Network: mtbr.com | The Planar 3 was my first introduction to vinyl. the p3 is a sexy sleek bit of engineering… It does not add any coloration and is extremely true to the music. Never fails in its performance. Identical copies of Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde (well, two pressing numbers apart) bring the Rega engineers efforts to bear immediately. You’ll notice the feet underneath the table are different, with a wider profile, providing a more stable platform. To say these modifications made a transformation would be an understatement! The RB-330 tonearm will shine with the Rega Elys cartridge or consider stepping up to the Ortofon Bronze or Black for even more 3 dimensional sound from your records. I bought best quality military grade coax cable, rewired the RB300 and extended the RCA leads so that I could isolate the turntable several meters away from my amp and speakers. Despite following the footsteps of its predecessors, the Rega Planar 3 stands out with an updated and enhanced design but still takes a few components from previous models. Not quite able to make the stretch to a Linn LP-12 back in 1982, Rega’s Planar 3 seemed the obvious choice. Rega has re-worked everything save the lid and the motor for the new Rega Planar 3 and it is a triumph. Apheta 3 is a beautiful pickup, but hangs exposed to. The cheaper, Award-winning Planar 8uses the same kind of design. Beginning its product life as the Planar 3 back in 1978, the P3 is not only the ‘table that put Rega on the map in the US but the one that gave the company the widest brand identity. Bowers & Wilkins 702 Signature Loudspeakers, Andover Audio Songbird Hi-Res Music Streamer – First Look, The LSA T-3 turntable from Underwood HiFi. Then there is an impeccable finish seen that has nicely set off by a metallic brace on the top. The jangly guitar at the beginning of “Leopard Skin Pill Box Hat” push further out from the imaginary line between the speakers, painting a broader, more three dimensional picture via the new Planar 3, with the older table sounding much more two dimensional as a result. In summation, the Planar 3 just sounds right. Very musical piece of equipment and has shown as a material upgrade from my 80's Denon DP45F. Rega has made a bold move in upgrading their range of award winning and top selling turntables in this new burgeoning market† and the project has been a huge success in my view. Now, with so many audiophile pressings being produced in the two disc, 45 r.p.m. QC is below average. Nice looking. But by the company’s usual standards, the shift from the RP3, our current Product of the Year, to this new 2016 Planar 3 is seismic. To the untrained eye, the older P3 doesn’t look all that much different, until you look closely and put the close up view of the Macro lens to bear. Rega was one of the first to use the massive platter approach to making the turntable run evenly. Better made than Project, but it is a bit expensive. With the Planar 8 Rega have abandoned this approach and built an entirely skeletal turntable, their first unless you count the rare as hen’s teeth Naiad. The Planar 3 is a budget turntable at it's roots, but it has such huge potential. Rega has pioneered the use of lightweight rigid plinths. This is a follow-up to a previous review in which I was critical of my Planar 3, which is one of the first made (in other words, my Rega is very old). This is not a terribly tweekable table. While Rega has always been about evolution over radical change, a quick look around the new Planar 3 shows it to be overall much crisper than the outgoing table. It’s more a structure for the main bearing, tonearm and motor to attach to than anything resembling what we normally think of as a plinth. Who knew? This runs diagonally from bearing towards arm mount. 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. Verdict: Rega has done a remarkable job with the new Planar 3, by adding finesse to what was already the most engaging turntable at the price they have created a seemingly unbeatable package. I think the rega planar 3 is one of the best record decks i have ever listend to in my life. Microscopically the bearing is compressed somewhat. That having been said, let me address those who "bash" the Rega: you're right to be critical of it. i also think that it's the best value for mony due to the fact that the rega p3 can rival a £1000 cd player just to mach the sound quality of the rega p3. The only thing I remember was that it provided a significantly more engaging experience than my Technics and I was pretty excited to finally be part of the club. If you are considering getting into vinyl I wholeheartedly recommend this turntable. To date, the generational changes have always been about steady evolution, with the aim of improving performance. format, it’s a major time saver. Freeman laughs as we end the conversation, reflecting on this journey, pointing out that Rega has not shipped any of their manufacturing away from the factory; “We’re control freaks, we have to have control. This is insulting as it assumes you cannot discern where the sonic problems are occurring. by jerrysmith1234. I chose this table over the much touted music hall MMF5 and 7 and the project xpression 1&3. A chance visit to The Audio Emporium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin had them in the process of unpacking a crate full of Planar 3s as I walked in the door. Simon Osborne-Walker Contact via Twitter | September 7, 2017 4:51 pm BST All I can remember was bringing that table home, setting it up next to the Technics and spinning the MoFi copy of Poco’s Legend. Bouncing back to that totally 80s groove, the synth bass line in Paul Young’s version of “I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down” now rattles the room, where the old table politely offers up some bass. i believe the chemistry is set and the risk is that I acquire a technically better piece of equipment but in concert with the other parts it may sound inferior. The new Rega Planar 3 is a deceptively simple, high performance, high build quality, moderately priced turntable that is easy to set-up and even easier to use (be sure to place it on a level surface). These few upgrades are far cheaper than buying a new turntable. Tried B&W 803S, B&W 805D, KEF's, Dynaudio (awful! This was risky venture, you would imagine, given the multi, multi award winning and five times What Hi-Fi Product of the Year RP3 is an icon of the modern vinyl revival. Starting as a Planar 3, then becoming a P3 and then an RP3, the Planar 3 designation returns. If your Planar 3 is more than 5 years old and you're not happy with the sound, buy the upgraded motor upgrade, if possible buy the belt, replace the mat -- then sit back and enjoy one of the best sounding vinyl experiences you will ever have! The Rega Planar 3, at $945 without cartridge has only gone up about 2.5 times in that period and has made a major jump in performance and build quality. Planar 3 is the product of decades of research and turntable design and re-design. It just sounds RIGHT!!! Nearly 40 years of constant refinement makes the Planar 3 the best in its class; no one does it better. Find a Dealer near you to experience Rega. The RB-300 is so good it does justice to tables costing thousands of dollars. The iconic Planar 3. About twenty years ago, it was common for Rega tables to run ever so slightly fast and once a few reviewers got wind of this, it was like the Audi sudden acceleration effect that dogged the carmaker for years after (yet no one could successfully duplicate). The journey has become a destination. Put the original next to this new one and most people would be hard pushed to find any differences beyond the smarter plinth and the updated tonearm. But really, I cannot emphasize too much how the new motor upgrade and limited edition belt transformed my older Rega Planar 3's sound from awful to delightful! The next move was an Expressimo VTA adjuster from Elusive Disc, which with some experimenting helped balance the over-heavy bass. Getting down to the business of listening, the first thing to check is speed accuracy. When you make something 6,000 miles away you can’t control them. A quick speed check on the older P3 reveals that it is right on spec for turntable speed, so the analog gods are clearly smiling on us this day. On the rare occasion I play a 45 it is no real hassle to lift the platter and put the belt onto the larger pulley rung. In reading what others have written here, I wonder what your total setup is relative to complaints about the sound. On the advice of a friend who also owns the Rega Planar 3 (and feels the same way I do) I decided to buy the Motor Upgrade, the Limited Edition White Belt, and a new Rega platter mat (in basic black). The Rega Planar 3 uses a 12mm thick glass platter. Back when the original Planar 3 roamed the Earth, most records were only 33 1/3 r.p.m., so removing the platter and moving the belt on the pulley manually wasn’t a big deal. Freeman makes it a point emphasizing that much of what they learned building the cost no object Naiad turntable filtered into the Planar 3. The Planar 10 is Endgame; the culmination of everything they have been working on wrapped up in a single record player (at least it might be - Rega has never gone higher than 10 before). Yet the end result is more consistent than ever before.”. Overall, the table has a much more expensive, refined feel in addition to better sound quality. The Rega RP3s haven’t changed much in appearance over the decades. Expecting warm but sounded dull. Although I don't listen to much vinyl now it is nice to use the Rega. Key to the way that the Planar functions is a new bracing system that … The platter is the turning part of the turntable. I now love this turntable! The current setup is the best match for the P3. This more robust, more stable platform makes fitting a better cartridge to the current Planar 3 a better value proposition. REGA PLANAR 3 turntable (with REGA RB330 tonearm) Rating: THE announcement of the new Planar 3 by Rega came as somewhat of a surprise for some of us. 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