Rega Planar 10 Turntable with Apheta 3 MC Cartridge and P10 PSU


Original price was: $7,895.00.Current price is: $5,999.99.

SKU: Planar 10 with Apheta 3 Refurb
Brand: Rega


Planar 10 turntable with Apheta 3 MC Cartridge and P10

For the Planar 10, we have used the most advanced materials
and engineering solutions built around a supremely lightweight plinth to ensure
the greatest level of performance.

Like its sibling the Planar 8, the Planar 10 was inspired by
the ultimate Rega turntable, the Naiad.  We decided early
on that instead of an evolution of the previous RP10, the
new Planar 10 was to be developed and engineered to encapsulate
the essence of the Naiad at a more affordable price. The Planar 10
narrows the gap between itself and the Naiad even further by using more exotic
materials, carefully selected to reduce mass and improve rigidity
throughout the design. New innovations in hub bearing, sub platter, motor
and drive belt design have led to even greater accuracy in turntable speed
which directly improve sound performance.

The Planar 10 features the
new RB3000 tonearm fitted with an improved, low mass,
precision bias housing. We have pioneered a completely new low mass,
central hub bearing assembly with improved mechanical integrity. For the first
time on a Rega production turntable, a ceramic top brace delivers
ultimate rigidity and accuracy whilst creating the perfect platform
between tonearm and central bearing. Finally, this entirely new player is
controlled by our most advanced electronic power supply housed in a brand-new,
full metal custom case designed to match the latest range of Rega electronics.

Apheta 3 MC factory fitted

The Planar 10 will be made available with a brand new MC
cartridge the Apheta 3 as a factory fitted option. This new cartridge
was developed alongside the Planar 10 and is using our most
advanced “Fine Line” diamond profile. As the
recommended match for the Planar 10 turntable the Apheta
3 factory fitted package will be available at a discounted rate.

We believe that the Planar 10 and Apheta 3 combination
sets new accuracy standards in retrieving information from the record groove
making this a truly ‘state of the art’ player.

For more than 15 years Rega has been perfecting its unique
designs of moving coil cartridges.

We have pioneered undamped micro mass generation systems coupled with
high integrity jointless bodies. In recent times we have achieved new levels of
power from rare earth magnets. This 15 year evolution using the latest
technological manufacturing process and recognized laws (Flemings) bought us
the hugely successful Apheta 2.

With the Apheta 3 we have
pushed another boundary, for several years we have been developing
state of the the art diamond profiles of a “Fine Line “design mounted
through 90 degrees (the same technique used in our Aphelion reference
model) this work has resulted in Apheta 3 extracting even more detail from the
record groove which of course translates into more music.

Apheta 3 features a super high-powered, neodymium
magnet and a coil meticulously hand wound on an iron cross that
is fifty percent smaller than the MK1 model. This weight reduction allows
us greater freedom to track the vinyl groove.

The Apheta 3 is housed within a completely
redesigned, single piece, aluminum anodized body and
protected by a CAD designed, smoked rigid cover to protect the
internal fine wires, making handling whilst fitting, safe and risk free.

The Apheta 3 is the perfect partner for the
latest Planar 8 and Planar 10 turntables.

Ultra-lightweight plinth

The Planar 10 is the third Rega turntable
constructed using our latest technology the ultra-lightweight Tancast
8 polyurethane foam core (a material developed for the aerospace
industry). This material is sandwiched between two layers of HPL (high pressure
laminate). HPL is exceptionally thin and extremely rigid. This new
construction makes the new Planar 10 skeletal plinth 30% lighter
than the original RP10 while offering increased rigidity over the previous

DB Technology (Double Brace Technology)

“Mass absorbs energy – lost energy equals lost music”! A
super lightweight plinth combined with a ceramic top brace and phenolic resin
bottom brace mounted specifically where the increased rigidity is required
(between the tonearm mounting and the main hub bearing) forms a structurally
sound, “stressed beam,” assembly. This rigid plinth design prevents energy
absorption and unwanted resonances 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 tonearm and
cartridge must to be able to read accurately, directly from the platter. This
unique Rega double brace solution enables this. The use of braces instead of
the complete skin allows increased thickness in these key areas, while
providing further weight reduction to the plinth which directly addresses the
issue of mass absorption and unwanted energy transmission.

RB3000 tonearm

Rega is renowned for the quality of its tonearm bearing
assemblies. In particular the accurate manufacturing of our bearing housing and
bearing spindles.  Technical characteristics such as “roundness”
and “parallelity” are critical.  Over the past three
years Rega has found a new manufacturing process which improves on all these
characteristics resulting in a micron perfect bearing fit. The RB3000 is
the first Rega arm to benefit from these improvements.The entire tonearm structure
is designed to have the minimum of mechanical joints while using the
stiffest materials in all critical areas. The tolerance of
the RB3000 tonearm is so tight that no adhesive is used at any
point throughout the construction. Our latest low mass, precision engineered,
vertical bearing assembly has been manufactured to further complement the
inherent design philosophy of the Planar 10 turntable.The RB3000
tonearm uses our advanced, preloaded zero tolerance bearing assembly adjusted to
less than 1000th of a mm. This gives friction free movement and zero
levels of unwanted play. Simply put, friction free bearings with no play
enable ridges in the record groove of less than a micron to be read.The RB3000
also uses our latest award-winning, aluminium, Rega arm tube (each
one of which is meticulously hand polished, keeping mass to an absolute
minimum) which was 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.

Hub Bearing assembly

The Planar 10 uses a new low mass central
bearing assembly. A single piece machined aluminum sub-platter
and hardened tool steel spindle run inside a custom brass housing
designed with improved mechanical integrity. The complete assembly is
cleverly mounted within the chassis to eradicate
unwanted potential energy being transferred or stored in the plinth.

Ceramic Platter

The P10 uses a custom ceramic, flywheel effect platter. The
platter is produced from ceramic oxide powder which is compressed, fired and
diamond cut to ensure perfect accuracy and flatness across the surface. The
latest platter features a modified construction with improved
coupling to the sub platter.

24v Low noise motor assembly

The Planar 10 uses Rega’s latest generation, 24v,
synchronous, low vibration motor technology. Uniquely mounted using the
highest level of coupling while retaining higher vibration isolation than any
previous model, this new motor mounting technique (mounted from the
bottom) has been taken directly from the ultimate Rega turntable, the
Naiad. This unique mounting method removes all stress from
the motor body whilst holding the drive pulley perfectly still. This
enables better speed stability and accuracy from the turntable. The reduced
vibration and more rigid mounting deliver’s superior drive from the new
EBLT drive belts. Each motor is hand tuned to match its own custom matched
PL10 PSU power supply before fitting to the turntable to optimise the
anti-vibration circuit.

EBLT Drive Belts

For three years Rega has been researching
and developing with chemists the use of a bespoke new rubber compound
for drive belts. Using a specialised curing system, the new drive
belt offers superior consistency of modulus (a constant representing the degree
to which a substance has a particular property, especially elasticity). These
new belts are manufactured on Rega designed, state of the art, super-accurate tools
(inspired by working with the manufacturer of high-tech Formula 1 engine parts)
which produce ‘perfectly round’ and ‘dimensionally accurate’ belts,
critical for perfect speed stability.

PL10 PSU custom matched advanced power supply.

The PL10 PSU offers the ultimate in motor control
stability, convenient electronic speed change, advanced anti-vibration
control and user adjustable electronic fine speed adjustment to ensure
total accuracy and control over the life of the motor. Housed in Rega’s latest
custom designed case, the PL10 PSU is dedicated to running our 24v, low
noise motor as quietly and as accurately as possible. The speed and control of
the motor is achieved by using a new DSP (Digital Signal Processing) generator
built upon a high stability crystal. This device will divide the accurate
square wave from the crystal to the exact frequency required to turn the
platter at the selected speed. The DSP core will also generate a near perfect
sinusoidal waveform to power the motor. Factory set vibration removal and fine
speed adjustments are then made to the power supply to tune each motor for
optimal performance.

Dust Cover

The outer frame of the previous model has now
been removed and a new stylish, removable, single piece dustcover has been
introduced further reducing the overall mass of the turntable.


Apheta 3 MC Cartridge Specifications

Tracking Pressure 1.9 – 2.00g

Input load impedance 100 ohms

Output impedance 10 ohms

Nominal output voltage 350μV

Channel Balance : ≥ 20μV

Separation : ≥ -29dB

Mass 6g

Key Features :

Iron cross & coil assembly 50% smaller than the
original Apheta .

One of the world’s smallest MC generators.

Cutting edge neodymium magnet.

Fine Line profile nude diamond stylus.

High specification fine wire.

Load settings for adjustable MC stages

Impedance -100ohm

Capacitance – 1000pF

Gain setting – High (‘On’ position for Rega phono stages)

Table Specifications

Dimensions in mm: Turntable (with dustcover

Width 420mm
Depth 315mm
Height 125mm
Weight 4.7 Kg

Dimensions: P10 PSU

Width 218mm
Depth 320mm
Height 80mm
Weight 3.00Kg


Additional information

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