The Rega Planar 1 marks Rega Research Limited‘s entry into the record player sector. At an attractive price, the customer should find here many features that have distinguished solutions of the English specialist for years and days. The company even goes so far as to say that this is an entry-level solution in terms of price, but the sonic performance is said to be far above that. It is therefore an extremely interesting solution, which is now offered in another design variant, namely with a walnut finish as Rega Planar 1 Walnut Effect.
Rega Planar 1 – The little brother of the Rega Planar 3
Thus, the English hi-fi forge records that the Rega Planar 1 got many features donated by its big brother Rega Planar 3, in the course of an update that was completed last year.
A classic turntable from Rega Research Limited
Of course, the Rega Planar 1 presents itself as one has been used to from Rega Research Limited for years, the turntable follows the principle of the lowest possible mass, which is achieved first and foremost by a comparatively simple construction. The turntable measures 448 x 365 x 115 mm and thus weighs exactly 5 kg.
An MDF board serves as the basis here, in which all components of the turntable are integrated, and where not least the coating is supposed to improve the stiffness even more.
The platter with 23 mm and comparatively high flywheel mass rotates in a platter bearing made of brass with optimized fitting accuracy, and an EBLT drive belt is used. Incidentally, for the first time Rega Research Limited used a 24 V synchronous motor in the Rega Planar 1, even in the entry-level range, which also featured a newly developed motor control and an aluminum drive wheel. This is said to have further improved smoothness and speed consistency.
The turntable is equipped ex works with a Rega RB110 tonearm, which has the same precision bearing as the Rega RB330. This is a patented, zero-clearance bearing with virtually no friction.
Adjustment of the anti-skating is not necessary here, so that the manufacturer speaks of a plug & play solution. A new, ergonomically shaped headshell is also used for improved handling.
The drive rests on newly designed feet, which are supposed to ensure an even more stable stand with the lowest susceptibility to vibrations.
Pickup already mounted ex works
The Rega Planar 1 is shipped from the factory with a pre-mounted cartridge system, so the user can get started right out of the box. This is a Rega Carbon MM cartridge system, so the turntable can be used with a wide variety of amplifier systems with integrated phono preamplifiers and no additional investment is required.
Rega Planar 1 Walnut Effect – Matte Black, Matte White or Walnut
So far, the Rega Planar 1 has been available in two finishes, Matte Black as well as Matte White. Now Rega Research Limited offers a third variant, whereby one decided now for a wood finish, namely walnut and this version Rega Planar 1 Walnut Effect baptized.
Prices and availability
The new Rega Planar 1 Walnut Effect is expected to be in stores from September 2022. The manufacturer lists the recommended retail price at € 449,-. Part of the scope of delivery is, of course, a matching dust cover.
Getting to the point
It is pleasing that Rega Research Limited now also offers a version with a wood finish for its entry-level drive, after all, such design variants enjoy high popularity among users. It should not be forgotten that with the Rega Planar 1, customers acquire a turntable that has all the features for which solutions from the English hi-fi manufacturer are valued.
|PRODUCT||REGA PLANAR 1 WALNUT EFFECT|
|Price||REGA Planar 1 Matte white € 399,-|
REGA Planar 1 Matte Black € 399,-
REGA Planar 1 Walnut Effect € 449,-
|Manufacturer||Rega Research Limited|
|Distribution Austria||Audiovertrieb by HZ Electronics|
|Distribution Germany||TAD-Audiovertrieb GmbH|
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