Rega Planar 3 Turntable with Elys 2 MM Cartridge

Model: PLANAR3WEL UPC: 5056186702684 Item: 2450

$1,145.00 OR

Color: Gloss White - Out of Stock

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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.”

Product Information

Product highlights

  • 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)
  • World Wide Stereo 60-day guarantee and product support

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.

Specifications

Specifications

Turntable

  • 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

Cartridge

  • 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

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Reviews

Customer Reviews for Rega Planar 3 Turntable with Elys 2 MM Cartridge

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Rated 5 out of 5
Great buy
Very satisfied with purchase, this was the best present for my husband. Easy setup, no humming I will recommend ??
April 12, 2021
Purchased
4 weeks ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great sound and great looks. Highly recommend.
I have this turntable and cartridge paired with a NAD C388 amp and a pair of Dynaudio Excite X38 speakers (also from the good people of WW Stereo). The resulting sound is very good to my ear and conveys not only every detail of the music but also the emotion. Highly recommended.
April 11, 2021
Purchased
1 month ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent turntable with excellent sound!
The sound quality and build quality of this turntable is wonderful. I am enjoying music at my home better than ever before. I am glad purchased the Rega Planar 3.
This review was collected as part of a promotion
September 3, 2020
Purchased
8 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love this record player. Such an upgrade from my old one! My only complaint is I wish it auto-returned but oh well.
May 28, 2020
Rated 5 out of 5
Best turntable for the money
Beautiful yet simple turntable. The plinth with gloss white finish is clean. Easy to set up. The sound resolution and clarity with the elys cartridge rivals turntables in much higher price brackets. Aside from the rubber feet, there is not a lot of isolation, so if your setup has the speakers too close to your turntable, this may be an issue. I cannot think of a better value for a true audiophile turntable
This review was collected as part of a promotion
January 12, 2020
Purchased
1 year ago

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Arnold P on Aug 25, 2020
Based on reviews from other customers
Eric Y on Jul 8, 2020
Did lots of homework
Arnold P on Aug 25, 2020
The Rega Planar 3 turntable comes highly recommended as a high quality and superior value turntable with a robust design that will last for several years of excellent listening experience. It is also quite stylish looking.
Matt on Aug 12, 2020
Based on reviews from other customers
Eric Y on Jul 8, 2020
I have heard raving reviews for Rega's products, and through some research have learned that the Rega Planar 3 is a good turntable for the investment.
Lorenzo M on Nov 29, 2019
The Rega Planar 3 turntable comes highly recommended as a high quality and superior value turntable with a robust design that will last for several years of excellent listening experience. It is also quite stylish looking.
Matt on Aug 12, 2020
I have heard raving reviews for Rega's products, and through some research have learned that the Rega Planar 3 is a good turntable for the investment.
Lorenzo M on Nov 29, 2019
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