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Rega

Planar 3

£660

One of our absolute favourite products, Rega’s Planar 3 turntable is just a joy to listen to and where turntables start to get serious.

A marked improvement on Planar 2 – thicker, more solid glass platter, better tonearm, stiffer plinth, improved sub platter, improved isolation feet are just some of the reasons, this icon of British Hi-fi just gets better with every listen.

Supplied without cartridge, Planar 3 can be paired with a Rega cartridge, or one of our own recommended Audio Technica moving magnet carts, just get in touch to discuss.

 

In-store purchase only, please call 0141 221 0221 or email glasgow@loud-clear.co.uk to reserve/enquire.
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Replacing the multi award winning What Hi-Fi? Product of the Year (RP3) was never going to be an easy task. It took Rega’s team of designers headed up by Roy Gandy, two years to develop the all new ‘Planar 3’ following the biggest re-design of the iconic ‘Three’ model ever seen.

The Rega team has worked tirelessly to improve every aspect of this turntable offering improved ergonomics, usability and first and foremost, sonic performance. The new ‘Planar 3’ is truly a new turntable for 2016 carrying over just two components from the previous model.

The iconic Planar 3
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.

Rega Planar 3 red Loud & Clear

RB330
The RB330 tonearm was designed using the latest 3D CAD & CAM technology, and 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.

PLINTH
High gloss acrylic, laminated plinth, stiffer and vastly improved appearance, ergonomically positioned power switch. Available in three stunning high gloss finishes, black, white and red.

DOUBLE BRACE TECHNOLOGY
Improved thicker 3 mm 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.

ISOLATION
New improved foot to increase stability and reduce vibration transfer.

24 V MOTOR
Improved new motor control PCB with integration for the addition of Neo PSU for electronic speed change and improved advanced anti-vibration circuit (sold separately).

New motor cover tray with integrated cooling.

DUST COVER
Supplied as standard / optional lid – plinth protectors – supplied to prevent marks on the plinth and keep it looking its best.

SIMPLE SET-UP
Easy to use multi-lingual quick start guide for easy set up

SUB PLATTER
Re-designed sub platter, improved accuracy and improved stiffness.

PLATTER
New float glass ‘Optiwhite’ polished edge 12 mm – Improved accuracy in manufacture and stunning looks.

Features

What Hi-Fi? Product of the year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
RB330 precision tonearm
Rega Elys 2 cartridge factory fitted (optional)
Double brace technology
24 V low noise, low vibration motor
12 mm float glass opti-white polished platter
Supplied with clear dust cover as standard.
Compatible with Rega Neo turntable power supply (sold separately)
High gloss plinth with three colour options
Advanced EBLT drive belt fitted as standard from March 2021
Lifetime warranty against manufacture defects

Specifications

Tonearm – Hand assembled precision RB330 tonearm
Motor – 24 V low noise motor
Platter – 12 mm glass polished edge
Connectivity – RCA / Phono
Power (additional) – Mini DIN ​for connection to Neo PSU (optional upgrade)
Dimensions (lid closed) (W x H x D) – 447 x 117 x 360 mm
Weight – 6.0 kg