Rega Planar 3
ONE FOR THE STYLISH LISTENER
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.
The Planar 3’s iconic design has been tweaked to bring it up to date, and it’s a beauty