Electronic Speed Change, Advanced Anti-Vibration Control, Electronic Speed Adjustment, NEO Outboard Power Supply: Rega Planar 6 (P6) Turntable Plays with Finite Accuracy, Beguiling Sound
The arrival of a new Rega turntable is always treated like an event in the audio community, and in the case of the Planar 6 (P6), the excitement surrounding its performance and design has seldom been more justifiable. Taking many cues from Rega's flagship RP10 – not the least of which is the NEO Power Supply Unit, which affords electronic speed change, advanced anti-vibration control located beneath the ‘table, and user-adjustable electronic speed adjustment – Planar 6 specializes in playing back vinyl with exorbitant accuracy, fine detail, attention-grabbing dynamics, and Rega's famed realism. Built upon a high-stability crystal, NEO PSU's DSP generator divides the accurate signal from the crystal to the exact frequency needed to turn the platter at the given speed. It also produces near-perfect sinusoidal waveforms to drive the motor, ultimately generating a 24V AC balanced signal with amazingly minimal distortion. And that's just the basics behind the beguiling sound mustered by Planar 6.
This handcrafted analog instrument bows as the first Rega constructed with an ultra-lightweight Tan-Cast 8 polyurethane foam core plinth. Created for the aerospace industry, the material is then sandwiched between a high-pressure laminate renowned for its thin yet rigid structure. A single-piece, machined aluminum subplatter, revised 24v motor hand-tuned to match its personal NEO power supply, and custom-machined high-precision drive fully complete with an enhanced white drive belt also do the heavy lifting. Rega's outstanding, handmade RB330 precision tonearm and signature double brace technology further contribute to the pinpoint extraction of information from LP grooves. Planar 6 also comes with a clear, flywheel-effect float-glass platter, ultra-low-friction central brass hub, aluminum-trimmed Planar-style feet, and a dust cover. Saying this turntable is special is an understatement. Hearing it in action is both believing and inspiring. Planar 6 has the sound, appearance, and engineering of a component that will be in the future known as a forever classic. Experience it in your home today with the cartridge of your choice and security of Music Direct's Money-Back Guarantee.
“It may have seemed as though it took forever to arrive, but the resulting Planar 6 is a simply outstanding turntable that’s well worth the wait.”
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