Following the Planar 2 and 3 already launched this year we heard rumours last week that the RP1 was to follow suit, the Rega Planar 1 has now arrived and costs £248. Features include a brand new RB110 tonearm built with ultra-low friction, zero play bearings. New bias assembly and integrated arm clip plus automatic bias adjustment negating the need for the user to set bias, making this the most plug & play turntable Rega have ever manufactured. It also has a new ergonomically re-designed and stiffer headshell for improved usability and appearance.
A Rega Carbon cartridge supplied is fitted as standard and this is the first entry level Rega turntable to use a 24v synchronous AC motor with a new motor PCB and aluminium pulley. Offering low noise and better speed stability.
The P1 has a brand new thermoset gloss laminated plinth with “vastly improved” appearance and ergonomically positioned on/off switch located on the underside. Two stunning plinth finishes available: gloss black and gloss white.
Re-designed brass main bearing, offering improved fit and reducing stress on the bearing itself whilst minimising the transfer of potential energy. Brand new 23mm thick higher mass phenolic platter with improved flywheel effect for improved speed stability. New improved feet to increase stability and reduce vibration transfer. New motor cover tray with integrated cooling. New 111g ‘plug and play’ balance weight. Aftermarket upgrade pack available: The performance pack: Bias 2 cartridge 100% wool mat and upgrade drive belt. (Now available for the RP1, Planar 1 and Planar 2). Note, the performance pack will not be supplied factory fitted on the new Planar 1.