Rega Planar 1 Plus Turntable
Superb Musical Performance, Virtual Plug & Play Setup
Flywheel Effect Phenolic Resin Platter
Built-In Phono Stage, Manual Belt Drive Turntable, Quality Rega RB110 Tonearm
Designed & Made By Rega In England
Includes Rega Carbon Moving Magnet Cartridge
Matt Black & Matt White Finishes Available
About The Rega Planar 1 Plus Turntable
The Rega Planar 1 Plus is just like the Planar 1, plus it has a super convenient phono stage built in. Sporting the same winning combination of style and performance as the regular Planar 1, the Plus avoids having to use an external phono preamp and plugs into the line inputs of any integrated amplifier. What could be simpler?
The new Planar 1 is the most user friendly Rega turntable to date. Now with preset bias force on the brand new RB110 tonearm, the Planar 1 is set up in seconds after unpacking. Simply slide the balance weight onto the rear of the tonearm as far as it will go, remove the stylus guard and start spinning your favourite vinyl.
Every single aspect of the Planar 1 has been meticulously designed to improve performance. For the first time the Planar 1 is now running a 24v, low noise, synchronous motor to reduce vibration transfer combined with our brand new RB110 tonearm fitted with Rega's bespoke zero play bearings. Only sharing the drive belt, sub platter and dust cover from the outgoing RP1, this is truly a new turntable for a new era.
If you are looking to get back into vinyl and want serious performance that will last you a lifetime, then look no further.
Phono Stage Built-In
When Rega asked themselves, how do we make the most successful turntable we have ever made sound better, be even easier to use and be more accessible to a wider audience? The answer was simple; their engineers added a custom designed, high quality, moving magnet phono stage based around the multi-award winning What Hi-Fi? 5 Star Fono Mini.
For the Planar 1 Plus, Rega wanted to optimise this circuit for ultimate performance so they removed the USB interface and used the money saved to improve what was already a stunning disc stage.
The new built in stage offers the ability to connect the Planar 1 Plus directly to almost any system that has a standard line input via a standard phono to phono cable (supplied) or phono to 3.5mm lead. Simply put, there is no need to purchase a standalone phono stage or use an amplifier with a built in phono stage. Your Planar 1 Plus will connect directly to any standard Line Level input such as an Aux, Tape, Tuner or CD input.
There are obvious audio advantages to housing the phono stage directly beneath the tonearm. The carefully shielded tonearm wire is soldered directly to the phono stage, which prevents any unwanted pick up via the usual external cable between the arm and phono stage.
Engineered For Sound
The Planar 1 has a brand new Rega RB110 tonearm which is made in-house and built with the new Rega designed, bespoke, zero play bearings with ultra-low friction performance (Patent Pending). New bias assembly and integrated arm clip. Includes automatic bias adjustment negating the need for the user to set bias, making this the most ‘Plug & Play’ turntable Rega have ever manufactured. New ergonomically, re-designed and stiffer headshell for improved usability and appearance. A Rega Carbon cartridge is supplied and fitted as standard so you don't need to worry about mucking around with tiny wires and screws. Even the balance weight is 'Plug & Play' making the time between unpacking and playing even simple. The Carbon is above average performance and significantly ahead of the competition at this price. There is also a brand new Thermoset, matt laminated plinth with vastly improved appearance and new ergonomically positioned on/off switch located on the underside as well as new improved feet to increase stability and reduce vibration transfer.. Two stunning plinth finishes available, matt black and matt white.
This is the first entry level Rega turntable to use a 24v, synchronous AC motor with a new motor PCB and aluminium pulley that offer low noise and better speed stability. The re-designed brass main bearing delivers improved fit and removes stress on the bearing itself whilst minimising the transfer of potential energy. (Patent pending). The new, 23mm, higher mass, phenolic platter with improved flywheel effect for improved speed stability is ultimately supported on this bearing.
In The News
What Hi-Fi? Magazine wasted no time in awarding the Rega Planar 1 5 out of 5 Stars. Here are a few snippets from their review.
It is hard to come to any other conclusion than that Rega have raised the bar here in almost every respect.
Probably the finest test of any product is how long we use it once having already come to our conclusion. In this case, the Planar 1 is still playing and proving it can turn its hand to Dmitri Shostakovich as adeptly as it does Toots and the Maytals or Charlie Parker. Even as an entry-level turntable, this is the kind of player that could feasibly be the last of your system’s components you’d feel necessary to upgrade.
Verdict: In these times bereft of certainty, there is far worse you could do than to close the curtains, settle in your favourite armchair and spin a few records on the new Rega Planar 1.
Our Take On The Rega Planar 1 Plus Turntable
We have been fans of Rega for around 40 years and we don't think there are more than one or two 'old-timers' that may lay claim to selling the product longer than we have. But lets be frank. Roy Gandy has been selling his turntables for over 45 years and not just one know and again. Sales around the world are staggering. You will struggle to find a review anywhere that bags or discredits the brand. They are extremely well engineered and therefore give their owners and those who sell them hours of pleasure. Plus they sound amazing...and that's why we sell them! Believe what you read because it is all true. Lastly we would like to specifically mention that the Rega RB110 tonearm is more than adequate to handle a better cartridge like the Rega Elys 2 - probably the one to go for - and for the extra money you will definitely reap the benefits.
Main Features & Specifications
- Design: Two speed manual belt drive Turntable
- Tonearm: Latest RB110 tonearm
- Lift: There is a hydraulic lift on the tonearm
- Cartridge: Rega Carbon Moving Magnet Included
- Speeds: 33 & 45 rpm
- Plinth: Light weight plinth design
- Platter: Phenolic resin, flywheel effect platter
- Mat: Includes felt mat
- Belt: Supplied standard with the Rega Advanced EBLT Turntable Drive Belt
- Dustcover: Includes hinged Acrylic dustcover/lid
- Motor: 24 Volt low noise low vibration hand tuned motor assembly
- Available Finishes: Matt Black & Matt White
- Dimensions (WxHxD): 447 x 117 x 360mm - Lid closed
- Nett Weight: 5.5kg
- Designed & Made In England
- Manufacturer's Warranty: 3 Years
Note:Main Features & Specifications Subject To Change Without Notice.