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 our
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.
Our 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.
WHAT HI-FI? PRODUCT OF THE YEAR AWARD 2016
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 our 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.
a new bias assembly, re-designed stiffer vertical bearing housing,
arm clip and an improved spring housing with easier to read
made, new low capacitance phono cable
with Neutrik plugs,
lower friction, precision horizontal and vertical bearings
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
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.
DB Technology (Double
"Mass absorbs energy - lost energy equals lost
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
Hand assembled RB330 tonearm.
24v low noise motor / 12mm float glass platter.
Lightweight double braced plinth.
Precision main bearing.