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Rega - Planar 3


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Rega has had a formidable task of replacing what was a multi awarding RP3 turntable. By any accounts the RP3 was a super performer as it’s 5 awards from ‘What HiFi’ magazine alone can attest too, so where to begin with a new model?

The Rega design team headed up by Roy Gandy took the better part of two years to design and develop the new Planar 3 that you see here. What followed during this time was the most comprehensive reboot of the iconic ‘three’ model the company has ever known. 

Roy and his team left no stone unturned as they laboured to enhance every possible detail with the new design. The goals of the team where extensive and far beyond just a visual refresh. They needed to improve ergonomics, the usability and most importantly, the sonic performance... 

...and they wanted it make it look equal parts classy and cool.

What has resulted is a completely new, future-proofed turntable for 2016 and beyond, that uses only two carry-over components from the previous model. Like we said – this Rega Planar 3 is whole new thing.

PRODUCT DETAILS - New features of the Planar Three
RB330 tonearm - Designed using the latest 3D CAD & CAM technology, the new RB330 is the culmination of more than 35 years of tonearm design experience. Featuring a brand new bearing housing, and the 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.

> 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.

Plinth - High gloss acrylic, laminated plinth, stiffer and vastly improved appearance, ergonomically positioned power switch.Two plinth finishes at launch: gloss black & gloss white

Double braces - Improved thicker 3mm 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.

Sub platter - Re-designed sub platter, improved accuracy and improved stiffness.

Platter - New float glass ‘Optiwhite’ polished rim 12mm – Improved accuracy in manufacture and stunning looks.

Re-designed foot - New improved foot to increase stability and reduce vibration transfer.

24V motor - 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).

Motor cover tray with integrated cooling.

Talking Tech - Double Brace Technology 

"Mass absorbs energy - lost energy equals lost music!"

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.

> Hand assembled RB330 tonearm.
> 24v low noise motor / 12mm float glass platter.
> Lightweight double braced plinth.
> Precision main bearing.
> Compatible with the TT-PSU electronic speed change and power supply box (optional).
> Dimensions (lid closed) H 11.7 x W 44.7 x D 36 cm
> Weight 6kg

Talking Cartridges
It's important to remember that the Plabnar 3 does not come with a cartridge installed and is not included in the list price. As you can imagine, good quality cartridge is key in getting the best sonic performance out of your turntable.  

We recommend, supply and can install the Rega Elys2 Cartridge for this turntable - More Info here 


Read the reviews
Don't just take our word for it read some of the reviews of this remarkable truntable here: 

What Hi-Fi reviews the Rega Planar 3 / Elys 2 Cartiridge here
Trusted Reviews reviews the Rega Planar 3 turntable here



Contact Len Wallis Audio

Address: 64 Burns Bay Road,
Lane Cove NSW 2066,
Telephone: (02) 9427 6755