For people with Rega Planar 3

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Kristofferabild, Aug 1, 2020.

  1. Kristofferabild

    Kristofferabild Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Hey.

    On my fairly new Planar 3, I can hear a small amount of belt noise, but only if I put my ear as close as possible to the belt.

    Is this normal?
    Will there always be a small amount of noise?

    I have tried with several belts, but I can always hear a small amount. It is not something I hear in the music, but it still annoys me. I am currently using the Rega white belt.

    Maybe I am just being OCD!
     
  2. The Curator

    The Curator Forum Resident

    If you have good hearing and listen intently close-up you will hear some slight noise from many turntables which are working perfectly well. My suggested fix is to enjoy the music.
     
  3. PhxJohn

    PhxJohn Forum Resident

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    I have never listened that closely with my current Rega. I did listen for noise and feel for vibration from the motor after I got the TT-PSU. There did not seem to be any which I found amazing. I had a Goldring GR 1.2 which was a Rega P2 back then. When starting the belt would jump around on the subplatter and make a clicking noise but it would stop after a few seconds.
     
  4. Echo's Answer

    Echo's Answer Forum Resident

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    I was thinking yesterday, when do people change the belt on their Regas? How long does the belt last?
     
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  5. PhxJohn

    PhxJohn Forum Resident

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    Rega recommends replacing the belt on their tables every 4-5 years. If you've been enjoying your Rega table for longer than 5 years and haven't replaced your belt, why not upgrade to one of these belts and improve the performance of your analog rig!

    'These belts' refers to the white belt. Rega has a newer belt that does not seem to be readily available yet. But, the black belt is the best for keeping the speed at 33.3 rpm. So far.
     
  6. Kristofferabild

    Kristofferabild Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    I just ordered a new black belt, since I have lost my original one. I have a theory that the white belt in combination with the very light subplatter is causing the noise. We will see.
     
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  7. Kristofferabild

    Kristofferabild Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    What colour will the new belt have? =)
     
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  8. Fruff76

    Fruff76 L100 Classic - Fan Club President

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    It seems OCD because you only hear it when you put your ear against the player. Just stop looking for it and forget its even happening
     
  9. PhxJohn

    PhxJohn Forum Resident

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    Rainbow ! LOL.
     
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  10. Kristofferabild

    Kristofferabild Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Rega red would be fitting.
     
  11. LearnedHands

    LearnedHands Well-Known Member

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    What is the sound? A squeak type sound? Would some degree of baby powder calm it down? For what it is worth, I never had an issue with my RP3.
     
  12. Kristofferabild

    Kristofferabild Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Yes, a small squaking noise. I have cleaned everything thoroughly. Tried several white belts. Might try baby powder next!
     
  13. Kristofferabild

    Kristofferabild Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    I really try to but can’t really forget that the PU is basically a microphone that picks up everything even though I can’t hear anything when the music is playing.
     
  14. stereoguy

    stereoguy Its Gotta Be True Stereo!

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    Kris, if you have to put your ear next to the Rega to hear the noise, whats the problem? No offense, but it sounds like youre looking for a problem rather than actually having a problem.

    If I put my ear next to my Rega with no other sounds happening, I can hear the motor running. Does this bother me in the slightest?
    No.
     
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  15. Fishoutofwater

    Fishoutofwater Forum Resident

    Agree 100%. Forget it.
     
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  16. PhxJohn

    PhxJohn Forum Resident

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    Don't get that stuff in the motor or bearing. Or your lungs !!
     
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  17. Djohm

    Djohm Active Member

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    P3 user here: no motor/plinth noise. Although, months after owning the tt, a "squeak" would present itself when initializing the platter, but it goes away shortly after. Read into it, and someone had suggested cleaning the motor pulley with regular alcohol pad and also using "baby powder or chalk" for the belt. I did and it took care of the short squeak I was having issue with. Turns out the belt was slipping at the initial turn which causes the sound.

    As far as using the powder or chalk, I placed the belt in a ziplock bag and a small amount of powder - shook it for a minute. Don't use in excess, as PhxJohn said - you don't want it in your motor or bearing. Hope this helps.
     
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