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REGA - Planar 1 (White)
- The Rega Planar 1 turntable features a brand new RB110 tonearm built with the new Rega designed, bespoke, zero play bearings with ultra-low friction performance (Patent Pending).
- 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.
- Re-designed brass main bearing, offering improved fit and removing stress on the bearing itself whilst minimising the transfer of potential energy. (Patent pending)
- Brand new, 23mm, higher mass, phenolic platter with improved flywheel effect for improved speed stability.
- Thermoset, gloss laminated plinth with vastly improved appearance and new ergonomically positioned on/off switch located on the underside. Two stunning plinth finishes available, gloss black and gloss white.
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Entry-Level High-End Rega Planar 1 Turntable Features Utmost User Friendliness and Fantastic Analog Sound: Plug-and-Play Ease, RB110 Tonearm, Carbon Cartridge, 24V Motor Among Highlights Combining the ultimate in user friendliness with high-performance sound, the Rega Planar 1 turntable is ready to play just seconds after you unpack it. Just hook it up to your phono preamplifier, slide the balance weight onto the rear of the tonearm until it no longer budges, remove the stylus guard, place an LP on the platter, and bingo – you're spinning vinyl. Such simplicity wouldn't mean as much if Planar 1 overlooked what happens after you drop the needle. But Rega went out of its way to design every element of this stellar plug-n-play 'table to ensure you enjoy scintillating fidelity from your LPs. Whether you're new to analog or getting back in the habit, Planar 1 reveals the kinds of information, warmth, detail, and involving presentation for which vinyl is adored – the very same emotion-triggering qualities cheap, and cheaply made, entry-level 'tables cannot deliver. Maximized with audiophile-minded parts and features, Planar 1 is not that kind of rig. As you read about all it offers, try to keep in mind Planar 1 is an entry-level 'table. Its sound is anything but. The parade of enhancements start with the brand-new RB110 tonearm, built with patent-pending, ultra-low-friction, bespoke zero-play bearings. A stiffer headshell provides incredible usability and stylish appearance, while the bias assembly and integrated arm clip complement the 'table's automatic bias adjustment ability – eliminating any need for the user to set bias. The cartridge? A Rega Carbon MM , supplied and fitted at the factory. The motor? A 24-volt synchronous model – the first ever on an entry-level Rega turntable – with a new motor PCB and an aluminum pulley providing low noise and
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What this means to you is that if you ever want to upgrade the cartridge (needle) you can't adjust the anti-skate which is key to getting a record to play correctly. It's extremely annoying since the old RP1 tables still had this $10 option. If you're reading this, you can glue an extra neodymium magnet to your tonearm to offset the anti-skate on a RB110 tone arm.
My amp is a Rotel 1062A with an MM phono stage, speakers are Elac FS77 with Silverback cables on banana connectors. A pic of my audio stack is attached.
On to the quick comparisons.
The Audio Technica LP120 looked hi-tech and I liked its features. Sounded all right but lacked some low end reinforcement. It went right back. (I used the higher quality phono stage on the Amp, not the ones built-in on the LP120)
Then bought the Project Debut SB. Was pleased with its quality components (cool carbon tonearm, great platter and speed box) and it came with an Ortofon 2M Red cartridge. Perfect. It sounded far more refined than the LP120 and had a pleasing tone about it. However, to my taste it lacked dynamism, attack and excitement. So it had to go back too.
After that, I almost gave up on trying out any other turntables. I already had an Audio Technica LP60 (which in my opinion had a decent sound quality when played through a Rotel 1062A and Elac FS77 speakers though your mileage might vary with other components).
Then finally in my search for more refinement, I thought I’ll give the Rega Planar 1 a try. This was after watching some youtube videos comparing it with a Project Debut SB.
I played the Rega P1 for the first time and was pleasantly surprised. I liked its sonic signature. It had low end grunt, dynamism and a good amount of attack and excitement. It also sounded detailed and had an airy silky treble. All of this from an entry level turntable albeit a bit overpriced entry level.
I felt right at home and let a sigh of relief realizing that the search was over.
After about 30 minutes I noticed a slight motor pattern noise; but that went away completely after leaving the platter running for about 6 hours (a google search fix, recommending 48 hours of run-in on the P1).
In retrospect, maybe the Rega was the one I should have tried in the first place but local stores did not stock these and I was apprehensive buying from Amazon in case I needed to return it (due to restocking and shipping fees). But it’s the one I ended up liking and keeping.
In all fairness, given our current crisis, I do not know if the item had broken while in transit or was defective from the onset.
I also dislike you have to go below the plate to change the sped to 45 rpm