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REGA - Planar 1 (White)
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- 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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|Item Dimensions||14.73 x 17.60 x 4.61 inches||14.73 x 17.60 x 4.61 inches||19.00 x 17.00 x 7.00 inches||12.60 x 16.34 x 4.65 inches|
|Item Weight||9.26 lbs||9.26 lbs||1.00 lbs||12.35 lbs|
Entry-Level High-End Rega Planar 1 Turntable Features Fantastic Analog Sound: Plug-and-Play Ease, RB110 Tonearm, Carbon Phono Cartridge, and 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 excellent speed stabilit
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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.
On one hand it does have amazing sound quality for the price (if you can get it set up correctly). On the other hand there’s some exceptionally basic flaws with it that are kind of puzzling to come at this price point, after so many years of complaints, and from a company that so clearly knows what they’re doing.
The main issues: grounding and tracking.
Tracking: As you can see, there’s no adjustment for tracking. They market this as making it “more user friendly”, but really even turntables at half the price have tracking settings that function adequately once set at the factory. To me this was just cost cutting and laziness from Rega. Without the ability to adjust tracking, you essentially can’t upgrade/replace the cartridge without a lot of DIY effort that may or may not work. The “auto-tracking” they mention boils down to a cheap magnet btw.
Grounding: in possibly the most bizarre move I’ve ever seen, Rega spent all this time and effort designing and producing the turntable only to cheapen it by not adequately grounding it. This thing is going to BUZZ and it’s going to buzz A LOT. They claim it’s grounded through the RCA, but I’ll tell you right now it’s not. They also neglected to even ground the motor (it’s a two prong, doesn’t contain the grounding pole), which screams of cheap quality to me. The company has supposedly investigated the issue after thousands upon thousands of complaints, only to acknowledge it exists but claim that it is acceptable/normal. I’m sorry, but it’s not. Very few TTs ok the market have grounding issue this bad, it honestly should be a little embarrassing for a company like Rega. Most turntables have static, but this one has an excessive amount of static, and it’s entirely due to not being properly grounded. I experimented with different setups, locations, amps, preamps, speakers, and even tried setting up the turntable 6 feet away from the rest of my equipment while on the same circuit. But no matter what I did nothing helped, until one day I happened to touch the underside of the tonearm and the buzz dropped to about 30-40% of what it was before - I had grounded it to myself. I managed to jerry-rig some cheap wire from there to the grounding port on my preamp and it helped a lot. I just find it bizarre that a company would design a nearly $500 TT and be too cheap to add $0.05 worth of wire to ground it better. I’ve read that part of the reason for the grounding issue is the plastic plinth, and I can confirm that even when I grounded it there was still more buzz than I had with my last (cheaper) turntable on the same system.
Overall: sound quality is great if/when you get the buzz controlled a bit. If I had known about their grounding issue I would have NEVER purchased this product. In my opinion, a piece of equipment in this price range should absolutely not have such basic sonic issues like grounding. I find it unacceptable so I personally would avoid the turntable until they can correct this design flaw, mostly due to the price. If it was priced in the $200-250 range I would say it’s a great value that’s more than worth a little tinkering. But as it stands, at $475 this is unfortunately just not worth the price.