NEW Rega Planar 3

25 May 2016

Replacing the multi award winning RP3 was never going to be an easy task. But now after two years of development, the all new Planar 3 is here following the biggest re-design in this iconic product’s 40 year history.

Every aspect of the turntable has been improved – ergonomics, usability and first and foremost, sonic performance. The new Planar 3 is truly a new turntable for 2016 carrying over just two components from the previous model – the shift from the RP3 to this new 2016 Planar 3 is seismic.

Almost every part has been revised to give a real improvement in sound quality and it looks a lot slicker too. It starts with the glossy plinth – available in black or white acrylic laminate – smarter and better finished than before. and more rigid thanks to a pair of phenolic braces on the top and bottom surfaces, strengthening the area between the tone-arm and main bearing. That main bearing is redesigned to improve fit and reduce stress, and there are also upgrades to the sub-platter, platter, motor PCB and feet. Add a new tone-arm, the RB330, new bearing housing and redesigned arm tube and it’s pretty much a new design altogether.

Despite the scale of the upgrade, the 2016 Planar 3 remains what it has always been: a simple, well-engineered deck that puts performance first.