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 function of Planar 2. Taken as a whole, and operating in sync with one another, these attributes elevate playback accuracy, cancel noise, prevent unwelcome energy transfer, decrease stress and wear, and heighten the overall listening experience. In fact, the latter is what will impress you most. Awarded a five-star review by What Hi-Fi? the week of its launch, Planar 2 is rhythmic, energetic, authoritative, and assured. Sleek, stylish looks and effortless operation – users need only to balance the tonearm, as Planar 2 is otherwise plug-and-play out of the box – add to the enjoyability of a British-made ‘table that has all the marks of a classic. 100% Music Direct Guaranteed.