The Gloss White Rega Planar 3 turntable delivers power and performance that exceeds all expectations. High–quality components and a minimalist design come together to produce tonal detail and clarity, reliability, and simplicity that’s exceptionally user friendly. The Planar 3 features a new RB330 tonearm, a factory fitted Rega Elys2 moving magnet cartridge, 24v synchronous AC motor with an all new PCB. High gloss acrylic laminated plinth with ergonomic on/off switch, a re–designed 11mm self–securing brass main bearing in a central bearing housing, float glass 12mm platter, and improved feet designed to reduce vibration.
The Iconic 'Planar Three' Returns
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 our team of designers headed up by Rega's Roy Gandy, two years to develop the all new 'Planar 3 Elys' following the biggest re–design of the iconic 'three' model ever seen.
Our team have worked tirelessly to improve every aspect of this turntable offering improved ergonomics, usability and first and foremost, sonic performance.The new ‘Planar 3 Elys’ is truly a new turntable for 2016 carrying over just two components from the previous model.
Elys 2 Cartridge
Each one of our moving magnet cartridges are meticulously hand assembled to the highest standard by our highly trained technicians. The design and assembly procedure are focused on one simple goal, extracting as much music from your vinyl as possible. Each one uses a pair of parallel wound coils, which are then carefully assembled on custom jigs to create a working stereo generator. Each cartridge is then tested and checked over two days to ensure all of the strict parameters for each model are met before either packing or fitting to a Rega turntable. The multi award winning, Rega moving magnet range offers unrivalled clarity, engaging stereo imaging and a natural dynamic performance putting you in touch with your vinyl collection like never before.
- 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.
High gloss acrylic, laminated plinth, stiffer and vastly improved appearance, ergonomically positioned power switch.Two plinth finishes at launch: gloss black & gloss white.
Improved thicker 3mm phenolic bottom brace and new metalised skin phenolic top brace.
Re–designed brass main hub central bearing, improved fit and construction reducing stress on the bearing itself.
Re–designed sub platter, improved accuracy and improved stiffness.
New float glass polished rim 12mm – Improved accuracy in manufacture and stunning looks.
New improved foot to increase stability and reduce vibration transfer.
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).
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.