A Complete Entry-Level High-End Analog Package, for Less: Rega Planar 1 Plus Eco Deck Turntable Has All the Performance Features of Acclaimed "Normal" Model, Includes Phono Preamplifier
A complete entry-level high-end analog package, the Rega Planar 1 Plus Eco Deck with built-in phono preamplifier has the same features and exact performance as the P1 Plus model. Yet it sells for $200 less. The catch? This Eco Deck version is made with a cosmetically altered plinth that is either marked, scratched, or obsolete as well as a few other "green grade" components. That's it. Everything else about Planar 1 Plus Eco Deck — save that the plinth is not silk-screened with a P1 logo and fact that the lid sports an Eco badge — mirrors that of the "normal" Planar 1 plus. Including a brand-new, A-grade Carbon cartridge. And the full lifetime Regawarranty.
Featuring a custom-designed, high-grade moving-magnet phono preamplifier based on the company's Fono Mini, Planar 1 Plus Eco Deck means you can now directly connect the 'table to practically any system with a standard line input. Forget about having to buy a separate standalone phono preamp. Simply unbox the Planar 1 Plus Eco Deck, 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. The combination of walk-in-the-park convenience and involving sonics doesn't come any better at this price point.
Such simplicity wouldn't mean as much if the U.K.-made Planar 1 Plus Eco Deck overlooks what happens after you drop the needle. But Rega engineered this stellar 'table to ensure you enjoy rewarding fidelity from your LPs. Whether you're new to analog or getting back in the habit, Planar 1 Plus Eco Deck 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. Built with audiophile-minded parts and features, Planar 1 Plus is not that kind of rig.
For starters, the built-in phono preamplifier is strategically placed directly beneath the tonearm and soldered to the shielded tonearm wire to prevent any unwanted noise. The enhancements continue with the RB110 tonearm, made with patent-pending, ultra-low-friction, bespoke zero-play bearings. A stiff 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 with a new motor PCB and an aluminum pulley providing low noise and excellent speed stability. That eye-catching plinth? The glass-laminated Thermoset design comes complete with an ergonomic on/off switch intelligently located on its underside. Loaded with generous mass, a 23mm flywheel-effect phenolic resin platter rounds out what you see on top.
Planar 1 Plus Eco Deck also comes with a dust cover, improved feet (increased stability and reduced vibration), motor cover tray with integrated cooling, a plug-and-play balance weight, and an impressive central bearing housing highlighted by an elevated brass main bearing that offers improved fit, reduced stress, and minimized energy transfer.
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"It does a brilliant job of engaging at an emotional level and pulling the listening into the music. This has always been a Rega strongpoint, but it is noteworthy just how entertaining the P1 Plus is."
—Hi-Fi Choice, Recommended review
"Rega delivers another winner – the Planar 1 Plus is the perfect marriage of convenience and sound quality."
—What Hi-Fi?, five-star review
"If you don't want to become a vinyl junkie avoid the P1 Plus, but if you want to hear more of what your favourite artists are trying to communicate beat a path to the dealer's door and don't forget your records."