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 stability. That eye-catching plinth? Available in gloss black and white, 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 also comes with 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. Last but not least, you can purchase it with the security of our 100% Music Direct Satisfaction Guarantee.
"Some turntable manufacturers could be said to have a tendency for playing up to what you might describe as analogue warmth, but not Rega, so you needn't worry about being left wanting for body in this sound. Besides, if you can render a record so faithfully as the Planar 1 does, that warmth of its rivals begins to feel like the sonic counterpart of dousing your Christmas dinner in tomato ketchup."
—What Hi-Fi?, 2020 Best Turntable €200-500 Award
—Stephen Mejias, Stereophile, Recommended Component
"[The] 'table sounds really, really good, and the built-in preamp is definitely better than most."
—Drew Kalbach, The Absolute Sound