Rega, designed and built in Southend-on-Sea in the UK have been making high-performance audio equipment for over 30 years, with the current design team lead by founder Roy Gandy.
Rega have always been well-known for producing some of the best British turntables available. The classic RP series range has now been replaced by the new Planar range. Available in a full range of finishes and cartridge choices, the Rega Planar range is the perfect addition to any level of Hi-Fi system.
The RP10 represents the biggest step forward in the evolution of Roy Gandy’s turntable design philosophy.
This extends further than ever before with advanced components built around the radical new plinth design. Featuring the brand new RB2000 tonearm, a ceramic flywheel effect platter and the custom RP10 power supply (allowing total control and accuracy over both motor vibration and speed performance) guarantees the highest level of performance from a Rega turntable to date.
The RP10 custom power supply is housed in Rega’s vibration and speed control circuit dedicated to running the 24v low noise motor. The speed and control of the motor is achieved by using a new DSP (Digital Signal Processing) generator built upon a high stability crystal.
The RP10 takes Rega’s double brace technology to the next level. Not content with an unprecedented stiffness to mass ratio, Rega have obsessively reduced any resonant properties by using two different materials for the new stressed beam. The top layer is magnesium and the bottom layer is phenolic (two of the lightest and stiffest materials available).
The RB2000 Tonearm uses the latest award winning Rega arm tube. Each one is meticulously hand polished (keeping mass to an absolute minimum) and has been completely redesigned to redistribute mass and further reduce stresses and resonances. This advanced design tube increases the stiffness and rigidity of the overall assembly, whilst reducing stress on the bearings even further.
A common problem for many skeletal design turntables is the inability to incorporate an effective dust cover into the design. Rega have constructed an outer frame that minimises contact between the inner and outer plinth. The only points of contact are three location devices on the feet, which centralises the inner and outer plinths perfectly. This not only allows the use of a dust cover but also makes set-up extremely easy. The RP10 can be used without the outer frame if so desired.
The striking skeletal design is the first thing that hits you when you see the Rega RP8 which, until the arrival of the RP10, was the flagship Rega turntable. Replacing the P9, the RP8 features a radical new plinth using custom-designed materials, a new tonearm bearing assembly, 24v low voltage motor controlled by a hand tuned electronic power supply and a custom version of the Planar 9 engineered hub bearing assembly.
The RP8 takes the philosophies of the rest of the RP range and pushes them into new territories with a new class of sound quality, build quality and raw performance. The RP8 also features Rega’s brand new tonearm, the RB808, which is packed with new features pushing the boundaries of Rega tonearm design. As with all Rega tonearms, each one is meticulously hand built by a team of highly skilled technicians.
The RB808 has improved bearings and a tightened spindle fit tolerance over previous models. The RP8 also uses magnesium and phenolic dual bracing, Rega have obsessively reduced any resonant properties by using two different materials for the new stressed beam. The top layer is magnesium and the bottom layer is phenolic (two of the lightest and stiffest materials available). Incorporating two different materials into the brace structure lowers their ability to pick up unwanted airborne vibrations. Simply put, different materials have different natural resonances. By using two different materials together they decrease the natural frequency of each other by self-damping.
The Rega RP8 is a stunningly modern turntable, balancing style with British engineering and true audiophile performance; a real class beater.
The Planar 6 has one goal, to reproduce your vinyl as accurately as possible. Rega has engineered every aspect of this turntable to extract as much detail from the vinyl surface as possible. Advanced materials and engineering solutions have been used throughout the design to ensure the greatest level of performance.The Neo PSU offers electronic speed change, advanced anti-vibration control and user adjustable electronic fine speed adjustment only found on the RP10 until now.
The Planar 6 now benefits from a single piece, machined aluminum sub-platter, a new 24v motor hand tuned and matched to its own NEO power supply and custom drive pulley fitted with the Rega upgrade drive belt as standard.
The Neo PSU uses the RP10 DSP (digital signal processing) generator built upon a high stability crystal. The DSP generator will divide the accurate signal from the crystal to the exact frequency required to turn the platter at the selected speed. The DSP generator will also produce a near perfect sinusoidal waveform to drive the motor. This, along with an efficient drive amplifier, generates a 24V AC balanced signal of less than 0.15% distortion, which is completely un-affected by any changes in the mains/line voltage and conditions. This then drives the turntables anti-vibration circuit, which is situated beneath the turntable.
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 the Rega team of designers headed up by Rega’s Roy Gandy, two years to develop the all new ‘Planar 3’ following the biggest re-design of the iconic ‘three’ model ever seen.
Rega’s 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’ is truly a new turntable for 2016 carrying over just two components from the previous model.
The new Planar 2 was developed over the past two years alongside the recently released Planar 3. Featuring the brand new RB220 tonearm, which is packed with groundbreaking new features.
A new 24v, low noise motor, acrylic laminated plinth, newly designed central bearing and so much more. Every feature of this innovative new turntable is designed to extract the maximum amount of information and detail from your vinyl collection
Featuring the Rega Carbon moving magnet cartridge, the Planar 2 is easily set up straight from the box and start enjoying your vinyl collection. The Planar 2 is a quality piece of British engineering at a very affordable price.
The Rega Planar 1 has been the most successful turntable that Rega have produced, but rather than sit on their laurels, they decided to see if they could make it even easier to use and more accessible to the new generation of people discovering vinyl replay and so the Rega Planar 1 Plus was born.
The answer was simple; Rega’s engineers added a custom designed, high quality, moving magnet phono stage based around the multi-award winning Fono Mini
For the Planar 1 Plus, they wanted to optimise this circuit for ultimate performance so they have removed the USB interface and used the money saved to improve what was already a stunning disc stage.
The new built in stage offers the ability to connect the Planar 1 Plus directly to almost any system that has a standard line input via a standard phono to phono cable (supplied) or phono to 3.5mm lead. Simply put, there is no need to purchase a standalone phono stage or use an amplifier with a built in stage. Your Planar 1 Plus will connect directly to any standard Line Level input (such as you would connect a CD player to).
The Planar 1 Plus benefits from all of the advantages of its sibling, the Planar 1, such as a low noise 24v motor, precision hub bearing assembly and hand made RB110 tonearm with a factory fitted Rega Carbon cartridge. Set-up remains possible in under 30 seconds making this the easiest to use, and most flexible Rega turntable to date.
The new Planar 1 is the most user friendly Rega turntable to date. Now with preset bias force on the brand new RB110 tonearm, the Planar 1 is set up in seconds after unpacking. Simply slide the balance weight onto the rear of the tonearm as far as it will go, remove the stylus guard and start spinning your favourite vinyl.
Every single aspect of the Planar 1 has been meticulously designed to improve performance. For the first time the Planar 1 is now running a 24v, low noise, synchronous motor to reduce vibration transfer combined with our brand new RB110 tonearm fitted with Rega’s bespoke zero play bearings. Only sharing the drive belt, sub platter and dust cover from the outgoing RP1, this is truly a new turntable for 2016.
If you are looking to get back into vinyl and want serious performance that will last you a lifetime, then look no further.
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