14 July 2016 | New products
Rega Research certainly have been busy this year. Hot on the heals of their recently launched and revolutionised Planar 3, comes the all-new Planar 2, in its 40th birthday year. And what a present it is.
Originally launched in 1976, Planar 2 has been absent from the Rega line-up for 10 years. This incarnation retains only the drive belt and hinge mouldings from the original and follows the smart new design of Planar 3 and solid build quality expected of Rega’s long-established success at this price bracket.
Developed over the past two years alongside Planar 3, Planar 2 features is packed with ground-breaking new features, designed to extract the maximum amount of information and detail from your vinyl collection.
Motor – New 24v low noise, low vibration motor assembly and new PCB.
Tonearm – Featuring the brand new RB220 tonearm, incorporating new ultra-low friction, Rega designed, bespoke, zero play ball bearings (Patent Pending), housed within a brand new, stiffer and lightweight bearing housing which was developed with a new automatic bias setting. The new housing also includes an integrated arm clip and uses Rega’s latest custom aluminium arm tube.
Hub bearing – The Planar 2 has a new 11mm self-securing brass bearing (Patent Pending) offering improved fit and less stress on the bearing preventing the transfer of potential energy.
Plinth – High gloss acrylic laminated plinth, stiffer and vastly improved appearance with ergonomically positioned power switch. Two plinth finishes at launch: gloss black & gloss white.
Platter – New float glass ‘Optiwhite’ 10mm – Improved accuracy platter.
The overall result is an elegant and refined turntable with performance to match. And at its affordable price tag (£375), a perfect entry-level deck for the growing turntable market.