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REGA Planar 2 (Black)
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- RB220 Tonearm
- Pre-Installed Carbon MM Cartridge
- High-gloss acrylic laminated plinth
- 11mm self-securing brass bearing,
- Vibration-reducing feet
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|Item Dimensions||14.17 x 17.59 x 4.61 in||17.5 x 15 x 4.5 in||16.34 x 12.6 x 4.65 in||—||18.5 x 7.87 x 20.08 in||16.32 x 18.5 x 6.2 in|
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Completely Redesigned RB220 Tonearm and Pre-Installed Carbon MM Cartridge Make the Rega Planar 2 Turntable a Price-to-Performance Champion: Authoritative Analog Sound, Easy Operation The presence of the spectacular, completely revamped Rega RB220 tonearm on the Planar 2 is reason enough to become ensnared by the analog magic produced by this exceptional turntable . Featuring a low-resonance aluminum arm wand, patent-pending ball bearings housed within an extra-stiff vertical bearing, three-point plinth mounting, and a new auto-biasing system that works with a wide variety of cartridges, RB220 is essentially plug-and-play – save for the simple act of balancing it. Its insightful, detailed performance and ability to extract scads of information from vinyl LPs justify Rega' s decision to spend years perfecting it – and warrants spending a little extra on Planar 2 when compared to its little brother, Planar 1. Yet the RB220 is just one of many sonic-first benefits offered by Planar 2 , which carries on the tradition of a model that originally launched in 1976. Such longevity doesn't happen by mistake. Rather, it comes about via excellent build, design, and sonics – qualities that help you hear more from your records at a reasonable cost – the very characteristics Planar 2 offers in spades. "The ability to tie all the musical strands together and paint them on a precise and spacious canvas seems to come easy to the Rega, and in that aspect its delivery just works." – What Hi-Fi? , 5-star review Besides the RB220 , what's new and improved on Planar 2 ? A 24-volt low-noise motor, high-gloss acrylic laminated plinth, 11mm self-securing brass bearing, 10mm float-glass Optiwhite platter, and vibration-reducing feet. The pre-installed Rega Carbon MM cartridge and a motor cover tray with integrated cooling further up the value, convenience, and
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One thing to note, the dustcover will not stay up. Its not that big of a deal once you get the procedure down... but thought I should mention it.
Initial Setup: (This review might change.)
Four things struck me as really cheap after I first set up this turntable.
First, the little mat that is put on the glass platter is not round. It is off by a bit, so when it spins, it looks off balance. You'd really expect that a $675 turntable would have a very round mat. Nothing says precision like an off balance spinning object.
Second, the dust cover hinges are really flimsy. They are made of plastic. Imagine bending a piece of plastic back and forth a dozen times, and the hoping that that plastic stays strong. They look like they might last about a year at most. I do see that you can purchase hinge replacements, so I guess that hinge replacements are expected.
Third, balancing the tone arm is a bit awkward. The anti skate/bias is set so high (and you can't adjust it) so that it's very difficult to follow the instructions that say to balance it over the platter. I had to go to Youtube and found some Danish or Norwegian clip that explained how to do it. It's a bit awkward, but I think I got it set up. Do I have it off by a half or quarter gram. Possibly. Probably. Who knows? Should I have to buy a scale of some type to find out? I guess so.
Fourth, how do I know that it's really spinning at 33 rpm? I don't, and I just have to hope that it does. I'm a bit concerned because the little bitty rubber band that controls the speed (motor to platter drive well) is not any where near tight. That may be a good idea to prevent stretching, but if you're a true stereophile, don't you want to make sure that the record is really spinning at 33.33 rpm and not 31.45 rpm? (I'm not a true stereophile.)
All in all, I'm quite underwhelmed by such a hyped-up turntable. I'm replacing an old Technics SL-1400, and with the Technics, the above 4 things were nailed down and solid. The Rega Planar 2 is just chintzy in comparison. Not sure if the tone arm is balanced, hope the bias is really correct, hope speed is correct and the dust cover hinges will probably fail. Yes, I'm sure I can buy some pretty fancy equipment that will diagnosis the balance, bias and speed, but should I have to do that?
I'll listen to it shortly. Maybe I'll change my mind after that. Or maybe I'll just get the Technics fixed.
The Carbon MM cartridge sounds really good for someone who is upgrading from an older turntable a lower grade cartridge. I look forward to upgrading the cartridge to an Ortofon 2M Red in the future after my ears are tired of the Carbon MM.
For the price range this turntable should have offered a bit more. I wished Rega at least included better interconnects since they are attached to the tonearm directly. The interconnect feel very cheap.
Overall I am happy with this turntable.
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Both tables have the same issue and it worse in the white. The anti-skating is pulling the arm away, away, away.Read more