Rega Pla­nar 3

ONE FOR THE STYLISH LIS­TENER

Australian T3 - - VINY REVIVAL - PAUL TAY­LOR, EDI­TOR

Few hi-fi com­po­nents have lived longer or ex­erted greater in­flu­ence than Rega’s Pla­nar 3 turntable. Its ab­so­lute sim­plic­ity helped in­spire the ‘back to ba­sics’ move­ment that re­jected the com­plex­i­ties of much im­ported hi-fi, thus re-es­tab­lish­ing the spe­cial­ist hi-fi in­dus­try that thrives today. The Pla­nar 3 has un­der­gone many changes over time, but the 2016 ver­sion is the best yet, of­fer­ing re­mark­able value for money in an iconic de­sign.

What’s so good about it? Well, it’s in­cred­i­bly light­weight for a start, and the beau­ti­ful acrylic-lam­i­nated plinth has been strength­ened us­ing a new, im­proved dou­ble-brace sys­tem. “This rigid plinth de­sign pre­vents en­ergy ab­sorp­tion and un­wanted res­o­nance, which will add un­nat­u­ral dis­tor­tions to mu­sic,” says Rega.

You get the RB330 ton­earm, which is the re­sult of Rega’s 35 years in the busi­ness.

$1,249, syn­er­gyau­dio.com

The Pla­nar 3’s iconic de­sign has been tweaked to bring it up to date, and it’s a beauty

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