Rega Announce New Planar 3 Turntable At Bristol Sound&Vision Show

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  1. CrazyCatz

    CrazyCatz Great shot kid. Don't get cocky! Thread Starter

    Midlands UK

    The new ‘Planar 3’ is a completely new turntable for 2016


    Here are just some of the main features of this stunning new model launching in two high gloss finishes.

    NEW RB330 tone arm - featuring new bias assembly, redesigned stiffer vertical bearing housing, integrated arm clip, and improved spring housing with easier to read numbers, complete new low capacitance phono cable and Neutrik plugs.

    Improved lower friction precision horizontal and vertical bearings and a new design 100g mild steel balance weight.

    Plinth - High gloss acrylic laminated plinth, stiffer and vastly improved appearance, ergonomically positioned power switch. Two plinth finishes at launch: gloss black & gloss white Bearing housing – Re-designed brass main central bearing, improved fit and construction reducing stress on the bearing itself.

    Sub platter – Re-designed sub platter, improved accuracy and improved stiffness.
    Platter - New float glass ‘Optiwhite’ polished rim 12mm – Improved accuracy in manufacture and stunning looks.

    Re-designed feet - New improved foot assembly to increase stability and reduce vibration transfer.

    Rega Announce New Planar 3 Turntable At Bristol »
  2. ctgregory

    ctgregory Well-Known Member

    Rochester, NY
    Wow! Looks nice. Can't wait tI check it out in person. Thanks for posting.
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  3. jon9091

    jon9091 Master Of Reality

    So this replaces the RP3?
  4. darkmatter

    darkmatter Gort Astronomer Staff

    Nice clean and simple have always liked Rega TTs
  5. ls35a

    ls35a Forum Resident

    Eagle, Idaho
    Love the gloss white. I'd still rather have a SOTA Moonbeam.
  6. Jim in Houston

    Jim in Houston Hyperactive!

    Houston, TX, USA
    So lets see the feet!
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  7. Now Jelly Rolls in the Street

    And the sub. I guess this will interest (and justify) all those who have continually doubted the phenolic sub.

    I'd be interested to find out if the new feet would add anything to my '94 Planar 3
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  8. kman

    kman Forum Resident

    Should have seen this coming --- I just bought a new rp3 about 3 months ago
  9. willboy

    willboy Forum Resident

    Wales, UK
    Prefer a matt finish myself like on my old P3 2000.
  10. RedRaider99

    RedRaider99 Forum Resident

    Dallas, TX
    Nice looking table. I would not go looking for a white finish but that one looks great, especially with that platter.
    Now, I wonder what it sounds like?
  11. 6DeadWax5

    6DeadWax5 Well-Known Member

    Wonder where this is going to fit into their lineup? Replacing the RP3? The white one looks fantastic. :cool:
  12. Dhreview16

    Dhreview16 Forum Resident

    London UK
    I wonder if I can swap my early 80s Rega Planar 3 for one of these ?
  13. Art K

    Art K Forum Resident

    Corvallis, Oregon
    Perfect...I am going to need a second deck next year.
  14. blackholesun

    blackholesun peace among worlds

    I have my 80s Planar 3 and will not be selling it! Paid 100 quid for it a couple of years ago, it was one of my best buys ever.
    The original Planar 3 is a really good deck, I also have an RP6 and if money was tight I would sell RP6 and could happily live with the Planar.
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  15. Aereoplain

    Aereoplain Forum Resident

    charlotte nc usa
    I do prefer the looks of this "new one". Amazing all of the improvements
    over the years. If they've improved their quality control they should have
    a winner here.
  16. dewiecox

    dewiecox Well-Known Member

    Anybody seen a price?

    Just really getting into the game and decided to get an RP3. Good idea to wait for this one or will there be some wrinkles to iron out? Is it likely that I'll be able to grab a clearanced RP3 in the next few weeks?
  17. Upinsmoke

    Upinsmoke Well-Known Member

    SE PA
    Doubt there will be any wrinkles, Rega has been very good over the years with making sure that new products have the bugs worked out of them and not using their customer base for product development and QC. Just a great sounding table for it's price point. It keeps getting repeated about buying a Rega table - It's a no brainer".

    This is of course all speculation, but given their past track record it's probably going to be true. I don't see them releasing new tables with problems or so poorly designed it gets dropped after a year or two like other "quality" turntable manufacturers.
  18. russk

    russk Forum Resident

    Syracuse NY
    I don't know. Hopefully they'll run them in at the factory and ensure they have no wobble when the customer gets it or at least explain openely that you need to reseat the sub and run it in for a good 12 hours to get it to spin flat. Of course I wouldn't trade my RP6 now for anything less than a VPI Classic
  19. Upinsmoke

    Upinsmoke Well-Known Member

    SE PA
    Well going from a VPI Classic 2 to a RP10 I can say there is no comparison in my books. Very different and improved sound to my ears.
  20. dianos

    dianos Forum Resident

    This should mean they replace the 1 and 6 at least too? Otherwise a very confusing range with the new 3 and current 6.
  21. 6DeadWax5

    6DeadWax5 Well-Known Member

    Has Rega revealed when they'll start selling them? Anyone got a guess?
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2016
  22. GoldprintAudio

    GoldprintAudio Forum Resident

    Lexington, NC
    Nothing official for the US yet.
  23. raferx

    raferx Forum Resident

    Vancouver, Canada
    My thread here...

    Rega unveils new Planar 3, and RB330 tonearm »

    Looks to be around $900 USD with Bias 2. March release date.
  24. dianos

    dianos Forum Resident

  25. BCJaysfan

    BCJaysfan Well-Known Member

    Interesting, been thinking about getting an RP3 or RP6 later this year. This changes things, although I wish it included the tt-psu.

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