Rega Planar 3 Turntable with RB330 Tonearm

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Brand: Rega

 
Description

The iconic ‘ Planar Three’ returns

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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.

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.

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.


Technical Specification

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.
Factory fitted Elys2 MM cartridge (optional).
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

 
Designer

The first Rega - A star is born

Roy was now working for Ford as a technical editor but spent most of his free time installing friend's hi-fi equipment and building loudspeakers to sell. He became a part time retailer and found he had to spend a ridiculous amount of time repairing new turntables before his conscience and common sense would allow him to sell them to others! Out of frustration and a strong feeling he could do better, the Planet turntable was born. Roy and a partner registered "Rega" (Tony RElph, Roy GAndy). In 1973 and for a couple of years, Roy stayed at Ford and made turntables in the evening, helped by his partners: mum (who agreed to help out for two weeks and stayed for fifteen years!) and a succession of lads. The first turntables were sold through Cosmocord in the UK and a year later under the Rega name in West Germany, Denmark and France.

Roy was now able to leave Ford; he collected a redundancy check and promptly blew it on a factory in Rochford. Soon after the partnership with Tony Relph split, Roy swapping his share of Rega. Terry Davies joined as Rega's financial administrator.

In 1975 the Planar 2 was developed and quickly took its place in the market as the finest budget turntable. In June 1977 HI-FI News and Record Review announced the Planar 3 saying "The complete unit is worth a look"! Rega's usual blaze of non-publicity.

By 1980 Rega employed thirteen staff, exported to twelve countries, had twenty UK dealers and there were those dreaded 'waiting lists', mainly by eager customers shop-hopping!

 In 1980 Roy found an old mill (Park Street) in a residential area in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex. The building had been deserted for twenty years and judging by the rot, seemed to have a millstream still running through it! Rega snapped it up for £30,000 and turned it into a compact but highly functional hi-fi factory, liberally painted bright green.

In 1983 after five years of dabbling and two years of intensive development, the RB300 and RB250 tonearms were produced. For ten years Rega had used Japanese and Danish manufactured arms on the turntables but after some searching Roy found a casting company prepared to work with him to develop an entirely new production method enabling the one-piece tube to be cast.

Rega won an international award for the RB300 casting, presented by Modern Metals 'awarded in open competition for excellence in the field of Aluminium Die Casting'. In their accompanying letter they wrote: 'we are still trying to figure out how you produce such a long cored hole so accurately'. This made up for never winning any prizes breeding budgies!

For five years, Rega sold a cartridge, the R100, made to specification in Japan. This was followed by the RB100, which was designed and developed by Rega. However, the cartridge had inevitable design limitations as it was being manufactured by an outside company.

In March 1988 the Bias and Elys cartridges went into production in house and sales exceeded 1000 in the first month, five times more than anticipated! The cartridges were a vital step on the way to a complete Rega system.

Completing the system...

In the summer of 1989 the Ela loudspeaker was introduced. Designed and developed at Rega, they were originally produced in Denmark but soon thereafter were manufactured in house.

In 1991, a period of dramatic expansion was heralded with the move into the world of electronics and the launch of two amplifiers, the Elex and the Elicit. The reason for producing these two amplifiers was simple; Rega was presented with a design it could not resist! Most importantly, the amplifiers fit into the company policy - which is to manufacture high quality, specialist hi-fi components that are reliable, consistent and sensibly priced. This development completed the Rega system.

A new factory was built in 1992 on the Temple Farm Industrial Estate in Southend-on-Sea under Roy's design and guidance to house the production of loudspeakers and amplifiers and to ensure room for further developments.

2014....

Over the past 40 years we have come a very long way. Now selling to more than 40 export markets and producing on average 2000 turntables alone every month, Rega now employ's almost 90 people in our purpose built 30,000 sq ft design and manufacturing facility in Essex, England.

Rega continues to grow and develop new products, all of which strictly follow those early Rega virtues of excellent build quality, long life and amazing value for money all backed up by a lifetime warranty against manufacture defects.

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Comments(4)
01/09/2019

Rega il Top

Ero in cerca di un ottimo giradischi e la mia scelta ê caduta su questo modello Rega Planar 3.Mi intrigava il piatto di vetro e la testina Elys.Collegato al Rega Brio r 2017,Monitor Audio Silver 6 e con un Vinile dei Pink Floyd 180gr(Wish you Were Here) il risultato é fantastico.Scena avvolgente,suono dettagliato,chitarre in evidenza.Lo consiglio vivamente.Certo c'è di meglio.Ad esempio il Rega Planar 8

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10/25/2018

Ottimo

Venendo da un Planar 1 (che comunque ritengo un ottimo entry level) ho notato una differenza abissale, ho preso questo giradischi come definitivo nella mia catena audio, devo dire che la scelta, in abbinata alla Elys2, si è rilevata azzeccatissima. Suono più definito e scena sonora ampiamente allargata rispetto al piccolo Planar1, la bontà di questo prodotto viene fuori con incisioni superbe. Struttura solida e, nonostante le misure simili, rispetto al Planar1 si sente un buon peso complessivo. Il servizio di playstereo è, come sempre, efficiente e veloce, perfetto.

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04/02/2018

un giradischi che non fa rimpiangere la versione tanto amata dag

come dicevo in oggetto molte sono le migliorie apportate rispetto al P3. Le potete leggere
in qualsiasi sito di alta fedeltà.La forza di questo prodotto inoltre è il vantaggioso rapporto
qualità/prezzo (neanche 1000 euro). Il motore è stato portato di serie a 24V ed il nuovo
braccio rb330 fa egregiamente il suo dovere senza troppe regolazioni, a volte più deleterie che utili. Inoltre come testina ho montato una Rega Elys 2 che essendo a tre viti risolve già
molti problemi di stabilità a patto di usare dischi puliti e in buono stato anche se datati. Ma questo mi sembra palese per il buon suono di apparecchi di una certe classe.

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12/12/2017

Bello e funzionale

Giradischi acquistato con una testina Hana EH. Estetica molto curata e meccanica d'eccellenza, tutti i particolari sono curati in modo maniacale.
Ogni mio dubbio inviato via mail ha avuto una risposta immediata e precisa. L'unica osservazione: cambio velocità 33/45 manuale, con un accessorio (piuttosto costoso) è possibile commutare la velocità con un pulsante.
Giudizi sul suono: dipende dalla "catena" che si ha: testina, preampli, amplificatore, casse acustiche, settaggio, ambiente.

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