Rega - Planar 3 (England, 1977)

Rega Research Ltd. is a high-end audio equipment manufacturer founded in 1973 and based in the UK. Rega are widely known for their turntables, cartridges and tonearms, and have produced award winning amplification and speakers for over 20 years. In addition to manufacturing products under their own brand name, they have also served as an original equipment manufacturer of turntables and tonearms for other companies such as NAD and Rotel.

Rega went against conventional wisdom of the time, preferring to make their decks lightweight and rigid as their solution to resonances. Their belief was that mass absorbs energy and results in lost sounds. In other ways, the turntables are deliberately minimalistic and neither requires nor justifies any tweaking

So the Rega Planar 3 has a belt-drive deck that broke from the conventional mould of audiophile turntables, by using a solid plinth in lieu of the suspended sub-chassis prevalent since the early 1960s.

The Rega Planar 3 has a heavy glass platter that sits atop the bearing sub-assembly driven by a mechanically isolated 24V synchronous motor through a rubber belt. The turntable is without suspension, and the rubber feet provide limited mechanical isolation from floor-bound vibrations. The record deck is single speed – it runs at 33 rpm, and the user must physically remove the platter to reposition the drive belt to play 45 rpm records. The Rega Planar 3 was updated and renamed the P3 in 2000 and started being made available in a range of bright colours.

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