Rega has pioneered the use of lightweight rigid plinths. Clever use of lightweight particulate core with a highly rigid phenolic resin skin became the foundations of the high level of performance achieved by the now iconic original Planar range.
The new Planar 3 takes this design philosophy to the next level. A lightweight acrylic laminated plinth strengthened using a new improved double brace system mounted specifically where the increased rigidity is required (between the tonearm mounting and the main hub bearing) which forms a structurally sound "stressed beam" assembly. This rigid plinth design prevents energy absorption and unwanted resonance, which will add unnatural distortions to the music.
Equally, heavier mass can transfer more unwanted energy, such as motor or bearing noise directly into the rotating record. The use of braces instead of the complete skin allows double thickness phenolic resin in these key areas while providing further weight reduction to the plinth which directly addresses the issue of mass absorption and unwanted energy transmission.
Motor cover tray with integrated cooling
Improved new 24V motor control PCB
New improved foot to increase stability and reduce vibration transfer
New float glass ‘Optiwhite’ polished rim 12mm – Improved accuracy in manufacture and stunning looks
Re-designed sub platter, improved accuracy and improved stiffness
Re-designed brass main hub central bearing, improved fit and construction reducing stress on the bearing itself
Improved thicker 3mm phenolic bottom brace and new metalised skin phenolic top brace
Plinth: sandwich-construction, high pressure acrylic laminate over medite Super-lightweight aerospace Tancast
Main Bearing & Hub Assembly: polycarbonate hub, stainless steel spindle, precision main bearing, 18mm compressionless bronze bearing well
Double Bracing: phenolic
Platter: 12mm Optiwhite single-layer float glass, polished rim
Motor: low-noise high-spec 24V AC twin-phase brushless