Rega Planner 1: Entry Level High End Turntable
Rega Planar 1 has many fixes, but nevertheless retains the signature sound of the British company. Almost all elements have been modified to some extent to make this turntable a modern high-end device.
The table is made of solid MDF and laminated with acrylic. In general, we have a concise design. Color options are white and black. The power button is at the bottom of the case and closer to the front edge. In other words, you do not feel uncomfortable due to power activation. The legs effectively relieve vibrations, and the main bearings with brass bushings help to relieve mechanical stress. The support disk is made of phenol-aldehyde resin and the inertia effect is improved during rotation. The kit also includes a standard mat that is already installed on the platter.
The turntable is very easy to use and requires minimal adjustment after unpacking. All necessary settings are already set by the manufacturer, so no questions are asked during the setup phase. You only need to check the parallel position of the player with respect to the floor. Otherwise this is a true plug and play. The whole installation process did not take several minutes.
The Rega Planar 1 spec can impress the novice vinyl enthusiast. This model is equipped with the RB110 manual assembly tonearm with straight tube and solid integrated shell, built-in holder and automatic anti-skating system. The tonearm is equipped with a pre-installed Rega Carbon MM cartridge, as well as high precision bearings with no axial play and a low coefficient of friction.
This model is equipped with a 24V synchronous electric motor and is typically used for expensive options and has a belt drive with much less vibration transmitted to the tonearm. The engine is equipped with manual cooling and aluminum pulleys to ensure a more stable disk rotation speed. Speed switching (33.3 or 45 RPM) is manual. The huge 23mm thick platter is made of phenolic resin and is sturdy and durable. This disc provides a good inertial effect to ensure rotational stability.
In this Rega Planar 1 review, I want to emphasize that you can not find unnecessary analog sound features on this turntable, since everything depends on two goals. For these budget devices, the player shows himself at a higher level than expected. Therefore, Rega Planar 1 is one of the best options for those who want to take their first step on vinyl.