Rega Planar 3 Turntable with Elys 2 MM Cartridge Overview
Turns out those Brits can do more than throw great weddings. They also build some amazing audio equipment, particularly in the analog domain. 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 5th generation, the Planar 3 shares only two parts (the dustcover and hinges) with previous generations. 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. Paired with Rega’s own excellent Elys 2 moving-magnet cartridge, the Planar 3 is light yet sturdy, low noise without excessive mass, and incredibly musical from top to bottom. That’s why What Hi-Fi called it the best-value turntable on the market and 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 (available in gloss black, gloss white, and red) 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 low-noise motor for speed accuracy
- Rega Elys 2 moving-magnet cartridge factory fitted at a single low price
- Dimensions: 4.6" high by 17.6" wide by 14.2" deep
- Weight: 13-1/4 lbs.
- Warranty: 3 years turntable, 1 year cartridge (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.
And at the tip of the tonearm…
You’ll find Rega’s own heralded Elys 2 phono cartridge pre-fitted and tweaked for top performance, which trims the unpacking-to-playing lag considerably. The Elys 2, like nearly everything Rega makes, is hand-assembled and tested at the company’s Southend-on-Sea, Essex facility. Its precision-wound coils are assembled on custom jigs, then every cartridge is tested for two days to ensure the highest quality. The P3 and Elys 2 make a perfect match.
Driven for accuracy
The belt-drive turntable (actually, the original Planars helped popularize belt drive systems) 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 stiffness.
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, compressionless 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.
- 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
- Output: 6.8 - 7.2mV
- Stylus: Elliptical
- Fixing: Rega three-point fixing
- Coils: High spec parallel wound coils
- Tracking pressure: 1.75g
What's in the Box
What's in the Box:
- Planar 3 Turntable
- Elys 2 MM cartridge