REGA PLANAR 2

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£375, rega.co.uk Rega’s turnta­bles range from just over £200 to well over £3,500. This £375 model seeks to of­fer au­dio­phile sound at an ev­ery­man price – and it suc­ceeds. It’s par­tic­u­larly well-suited to acous­tic, folk or jazz: we’ve never heard Syd Bar­rett’s frag­ile, airy mas­ter­piece Ter­rapin sound so good, while the fid­dle lines in Fair­port Con­ven­tion’s

Matty Groves re­vealed them­selves as never be­fore. It’s per­haps not as strong on more bot­tom-heavy sounds, but it’s a tiny mi­nor­ity of golden- eared au­dio­philes who’ll have any grum­bles here.

But to bring you such im­pres­sive sonic pu­rity at this low price, Rega’s had to keep the fea­ture set to a min­i­mum. There’s no USB out­put, no on­board phono stage, and no elec­tronic speed con­trol, so you have to take the plat­ter off and move the belt to switch be­tween 33 and 45rpm, which means this isn’t the best choice for any­one who owns, or in­tends to buy, a lot of vinyl sin­gles. And while the min­i­mal de­sign looks great and is avail­able in black, white or red, the MDF plinth did feel a touch flimsy. Looks great, sounds fan­tas­tic, but not for ev­ery­one 8/10

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