Rega Planar 6 Turntable
Great Turntable for Music Lovers Who Demand Quality
Mass Loaded Glass Platter, Outboard Power Supply with Electronic Speed Change
Quality One Piece Rega RB330 Tonearm
Non-Marking Polaris Matt Grey Scratch Resistant Finish
Available Without Cartridge Or With Rega Exact Moving Magnet Cartridge Or Rega Ania Moving Coil Cartridge Fitted & Aligned
About The Rega Planar 6 Turntable
The Rega Planar 6 really takes things to the next level. It features the lightest stiffest plinth ever fitted to a turntable in this class and this provides the perfect platform for the RB330 one piece tonearm, a new precision constructed bearing and sub platter and the speed accurate mass loaded glass platter. The Planar 6 is perfect for high performance cartridges such as the Rega Exact or the Ortofon 2M Bronze or Black. If you want the ultimate, Rega’s Ania moving coil cartridge reveals the full musicality this wonderful turntable is capable of.
Audio Trends have been fans of Rega products for over 30 years and particularly the original Planar 3, then the P3 & RP3 and in more recent times, the return of the Planar 3 which has proven to be an absolute winner. For many, the price and performance balance of the Planar 3 - typically around $1,300 to $1,400 with cartridge - delivers a very satisfying level of performance. However, pay approximately another $1,000 and you get to play with the Planar 6! At first glance they both look pretty much the same, but don't be misled, there is a huge amount of engineering brilliance to be found in the Planar 6 which is not found in the Planar 3.
Excellent build quality, reliability and ease of use combine to make a product which, if used correctly, will offer you a lifetime of musical enjoyment. Omitting unnecessary gimmicks allowed Rega to concentrate the manufacturing costs on the high quality parts necessary to reproduce music accurately. The Planar 6 is fitted with a hand assembled RB330 tonearm, precision main bearing and a low vibration, low noise 24v motor with a NEO electronic power supply hand matched to each individual motor to reduce vibration. The minimalist design of the Rega Planar 6 plus the use of extremely high quality components, ensure that your very precious turntable should last for many years.
Light Weight & Super Rigid Plinth: The Planar 6 is built around the huge success of the RP8 and RP10 turntables. It is the first new Rega turntable to be constructed with an ultra lightweight Tancast 8 polyurethane foam core plinth (a material developed for the aerospace industry). This material is sandwiched between a new HPL (high pressure laminate). HPL is exceptionally thin whilst extremely rigid and is presented in a stunning non-marking Polaris Matt Grey scratch resistant finish with high gloss polymer black edge trim. The Planar 6 also incorporates Rega’s double brace technology, with integral custom matched aluminium tonearm and hub pillars to ensure maximum rigidity and accuracy.
NEO Power Supply: The NEO PSU uses the RP10 DSP (digital signal processing) generator built upon a high stability crystal. The DSP generator will divide the accurate signal from the crystal to the exact frequency required to turn the platter at the selected speed. The DSP generator will also produce a near perfect sinusoidal waveform to drive the motor. This, along with an efficient drive amplifier, generates a 24V AC balanced signal of less than 0.15% distortion, which is completely un-affected by any changes in the mains/line voltage and conditions. This then drives the turntables anti-vibration circuit, which is situated beneath the turntable. Result: spot on speed accuracy & stability with zero effect from fluctuations in mains noise & voltage variations - genius!
Rigid Tonearm: Designed using the latest 3D CAD technology the latest RB330 is the culmination of more than 30 years of tonearm design experience. Due to advances in technology Rega has been able to fine tune the iconic RB300 tonearm design (introduced in 1983) and update to the RB330. The RB330 features a brand new tube which has increased rigidity to the bearing housing, arm carrier and headshell, coupled with intelligent redistribution of mass, ensuring this arm will exhibit fewer points of possible resonance. Extreme stability with almost friction free movement from the high precision bearing assemblies will assist in gathering a very high level of information from your vinyl. And on the Planar 6 the RB330 comes with a custom stainless steel counterweight.
Major Changes & Nods To The Past: Sporting cutting edge advances and clear references to the past, the Planar 6 features a number of new features which help make this turntable so alluring in both engineering and sound quality. Rega's upgrade white drive belt is included as standard and winds it's way around a new custom machined high precision drive pulley and a new single piece aluminium sub platter which sits in a patent pending, ultra-low friction central brass hub. The dual layer mass loaded platter comes in a combination of smoked and clear float glass which marries nicely with a return to a smoked acrylic dust cover, a clear nod to the style of the first Rega turntables. All of this style & substance is nicely finished off with the new aluminium foot trims and Planar syle feet.
The Rega Planar 6 does not come standard with a cartridge. Reasons are many including the fact that you may already have a favourite that you wish to install. No problems here. However, the greater majority of our Turntable customers are getting into vinyl for the very first time or are returning after a long absence from the game. If this is you, then you need a cartridge and you need it installed ... and properly! We have several staff who are expert in installing, aligning and tweeking Turntables (for example, adjusting the VTA) and best of all one of them will do all that free of charge when you purchase any of our recommendations. It takes about 45 minutes to do it properly, so please phone ahead if you wish to come by and collect.
Although the Planar 6 is not in the esoteric league, it is designed for listeners who have a serious musical appreciation. One of the following Audio Trends favourites will deliver optimal results at a fair price. No question, the Rega Exact is the first choice if you are limited by budget or already have a moving magnet phono input you wish to use. For not too much more, the Rega Ania Moving Coil Cartridge is defintely the cartridge of choice. This combo has a sound synergy and cost performance ratio that is very, very hard to go past. Mate the Planar 6/Ania combo with a Rega Fono MC Phono Preamp & you'll be in vinyl heaven for an extremely reasonable price.
Rega Planar 6 Turntable Review
UK Magazine What Hi-Fi?
"Unbox the new Rega Planar 6 and you’d be forgiven for expecting a turntable experience not dissimilar to the company’s long line of Award-winning turntables. But this new and improved deck marks a huge step up in performance from the previous generation - and that former Award-winner was hardly shabby. The previous RP6 came fitted with an Exact moving-magnet cartridge. This option is still available ... but the company now offers a variant with its new Ania moving-coil cartridge. That’s what we have on test here.
The Rega Planar 6/Ania’s masterful handle on rhythm and subtle detail is better than before, with refinement adding to the deck’s customarily musical and insightful performance. We’re impressed with Rega’s new level of performance. The Planar 6’s balanced, mature presentation is something you’ll appreciate the more you listen to it. So get listening.
Main Features & Specifications
- Design: Fully Manual Belt Drive Turntable
- Cartridge Choice: Available without Cartridge or With Rega Exact Moving Magnet Cartridge or Rega Ania Moving Coil Cartridge Fitted & Aligned
- Electronic Speed Change: Two Speeds: 33rpm/45rpm
- Tonearm: Hand assembled RB330 Tonearm: High precision bearing assembly & stainless steel counterweight
- Platter: Mass loaded custom dual layer smoked / clear 16mm thick float glass platter: Includes deluxe 100% wool mat
- Power Supply: Fully regulated outboard NEO Power Supply with 33/45 Speed Change Supplied Standard. Each motor matched by hand to its own NEO PSU ensuring optimum anti-vibration control
- Lid: Includes hinged smoked acrylic dustcover
- Finish: Non-marking Polaris Matt Grey scratch resistant finish with high gloss polymer black edge trim
- Turntable Dimensions (WxHxD): 448 x 120 x 365mm (dustcover closed)
- NEO PSU Dimensions (WxHxD): 180 x 50 x 155mm
- Turntable Weight: 5.2kg
- NEO PSU Weight: 0.6kg
- Origin: Engineered & Maanufactured In England
- Manufacturer's Warranty: 3 Years
Note: Main Features & Specifications Subject To Change Without Notice.