Rega Planar 8 Turntable

Elegant and skeletal like a ballerina in a skin suit this record player is we believe the best musical performer available for the money.

Add a factory fitted Rega Ania MC cartridge ($900), Ania Pro MC ($1500) or Rega's new Apheta 3 MC cartridge ($2200).

Another killer cartridge with the Planar 8 is the Sumiko Blackbird ($2299)


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Product Description


Rega don't make turntables like other manufacturers. Mr Gandy has a fundamentally different approach to the conventional record player design where more mass is added as the price goes up. Rather Rega products use a mix of materials and precision to shed vibration like water off a ducks back. The approach is to lower the internal noise levels and not store energy within the record player so as to make it a better vibration sensing machine.

People used to talk about "the vibe " a lot in the seventies but one might say Mr Gandy was strongly in denial that there were good vibrations in his turntable designs ... it's all about lowering the internal noise floor.

There is a very top of the range Rega product called the Niaid that is vailable for $50K Aus. The Pl8 is actually derived fro that product rather than being an upwardly specced lower model. To this aim the Pl8 has a skeletal minimalist appearance that is in keeping with its trend of minimisation. Please note that while it comes with a dust cover it is not the hinged lid of mear mortal designs but is rather a perspex moulding that must be physically lifted off to play the device.

The plinth is has an ultra lightweight Tancast 8 polyurethane foam core sandwiched between two layers of HPL (High Pressure Laminate). This new plinth is 30 per cent lighter than that used on the last model and more rigid with it. Rega believes that mass absorbs energy and that ends up taking the life out of the music.

The company thinks that rigidity is most needed between the tonearm mounting and main bearing, so it adds a phenolic brace between the two – a clever way of adding reinforcement without significantly increasing overall mass.
The tonearm is the new RB880 that may look like the designs used on Rega’s cheaper turntables but it has an improved vertical bearing assembly and impressively high standards when it comes to free-play. The bearing assemblies are adjusted to an impressive play of less than a 1000th of a millimetre. The arm uses low capacitance phono cables terminated by some high quality, lockable plugs to ensure a good contact.
The turntable is available prefitted with an Apheta 2 Cartridge at $5299 or without for $3499.

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