Rega Planar 3 Turntable Overview
Turns out those Brits can do more than throw great weddings. They also build some amazing analog audio equipment. Take Rega’s stellar line of turntables and accessories, now available at World Wide Stereo. Rega’s legendary dedication to vinyl reproduction shines through in every model they’ve made since the early ‘70s. And no single model demonstrates that dedication better than the Planar 3, hailed as the highest-value entry-level audiophile turntable since its original introduction in 1977. Now in its fifth generation, the Planar 3 shares only two parts (the dustcover and hinges) with previous iterations. Everything else has been reengineered from the plinth up – the arm, the motor, the platter – using the latest materials and techniques to extract the final bit of fidelity out of your treasured LPs. Light yet sturdy, low noise without excessive mass, incredibly musical from top to bottom, the new Planar 3 represents a reasonable price of entry to the highest echelons of high fidelity. That’s why What Hi-Fi named it Product of the Year two years running, and Herb Reichert of Stereophile magazine raves in his review, “I love the way Rega Research's new Planar 3 navigates my black discs. I love the way it honors musicians.”
- RB330 low-mass, low-friction tonearm with precision bearings and steel counterweight
- High-gloss acrylic laminate plinth designed for low mass and high stiffness
- Double-brace technology for rigidity
- “Floating-glass” flywheel platter with Optiwhite polished rim
- Redesigned sub-platter and low-friction central hub bearing for improved construction and lower stress
- Improved feet to reduce transmission of external noise and vibrations
- New 24-volt synchronous motor for speed accuracy
- Dimensions: 4.6" high by 17.6" wide by 14.2" deep
- Weight: 13-1/4 lbs.
- Warranty: 3 years (World Wide Stereo is an authorized dealer for all brands we sell)
Impeccably stiff, from upper lip…
Rega has been perfecting tonearm engineering for nearly 40 years, with two broad goals – frictionless movement horizontally and vertically, with no free play in the arm. The P3 turntable’s RB330 arm approaches both ideals with a precision bearing assembly matched to a one-piece aluminum tubular tonearm that distributes its low mass to eliminate resonance. The whole mechanism is braced not once, but twice, from tonearm to central bearing, for overall stability.
…Right down to the bum
Those who expect turntables to carry some heft might be surprised to pick up a Rega. The whole package, while just 13 lbs., is engineered to minimize external vibration and resonance. The plinth (basically, the base) is formed of high-gloss laminated acrylic, fitted with newly-designed low-vibration feet. The package is quiet, sturdy, and attractive enough to fit with any modern décor.
Driven for accuracy
The belt-drive turntable (actually, the original Planar 3 helped popularize belt drives) helps reduce noise or “rumble” transfer from the frequency-locked 24-volt synchronous motor system. The belt wraps around a redesigned polycarbonate sub-platter for enhanced accuracy and long wear.
Polished off with glass
A floating-glass platter with polished white edge, topped with a felt mat, rests above the sub-platter, and the entire assembly spins effortlessly around a central hub with stainless spindle and enhanced brass bearings. Keep in mind that the P3 is truly a “manual” turntable – which means, to shift speeds from 33 to 45 rpm, you lift the glass platter off and shift the belt along its pulley.
Pairs perfectly with…
You’ll be looking for a top-notch phono cartridge, so why not look at Rega’s own Elys 2 moving magnet cartridge, which you can get packaged and pre-installed with the P3. Or feel free to customize you choice, say, with any of the top-notch Ortofon line. Remember, shop with confidence with World Wide’s 60-day guarantee and expert product support. Oh, and as you spin up the Planar 3, don’t forget the buttered scones and a spot of tea.
- Dimensions (H x W x D): 4.60" x 17.59" x 14.17"
- Weight: 13.22 lbs.
- 24v low noise motor
- 12mm float glass platter
What's in the Box
What's in the Box:
- Planar 3 Turntable
*Cartridge NOT included