Rega Planar 3 Turntable with Audio Technica VM740ML CartridgeRegular price £888.99 GBP.
Rega has pioneered the use of lightweight rigid plinths. Clever use of lightweight particulate core with a highly rigid phenolic resin skin became the foundations of the high level of performance achieved by the now iconic original Planar range.
The new Planar 3 takes this design philosophy to the next level. A lightweight acrylic laminated plinth strengthened using a new improved double brace system mounted specifically where the increased rigidity is required (between the tonearm mounting and the main hub bearing) which forms a structurally sound "stressed beam" assembly. This rigid plinth design prevents energy absorption and unwanted resonance, which will add unnatural distortions to the music.
RB330 tonearm - Designed using the latest 3D CAD & CAM technology, the new RB330 is the culmination of more than 35 years of tonearm design experience. Featuring a brand new bearing housing, and our latest tonearm tube designed using intelligent redistribution of mass ensure this arm will exhibit fewer points of possible resonance. Extreme stability with almost friction free movement from the new high precision bearing assemblies guarantees to gather more information from your vinyl than ever before.
• Featuring a new bias assembly, re-designed stiffer vertical bearing housing, integrated arm clip and an improved spring housing with easier to read numbers.
• Rega made, new low capacitance phono cable with Neutrik plugs,
• Improved lower friction, precision horizontal and vertical bearings
• New design 100g mild steel balance weight.
Plinth - High gloss acrylic, laminated plinth, stiffer and vastly improved appearance, ergonomically positioned power switch.Two plinth finishes at launch: gloss black & gloss white
Double braces - Improved thicker 3mm phenolic bottom brace and new metalised skin phenolic top brace.
Bearing housing – Re-designed brass main hub central bearing, improved fit and construction reducing stress on the bearing itself.
Sub platter - Re-designed sub platter, improved accuracy and improved stiffness.
Platter - New float glass ‘Optiwhite’ polished rim 12mm – Improved accuracy in manufacture and stunning looks.
Re-designed foot - New improved foot to increase stability and reduce vibration transfer.
24V motor - Improved new motor control PCB with integration for the addition of TT-PSU for electronic speed change and improved advanced anti-vibration circuit (sold separately).
Motor cover tray with integrated cooling.
Dual Moving Magnet Stereo Cartridge
High-end model featuring a Microlinear stylus in an aluminium die-cast alloy body. In addition to outstanding high-frequency reproduction, this model enables clear sound image localisation.
- Aluminium tapered cantilever
- Para-toroidal coils improve generating efficiency
- Centre shield plate between the left and right channels reduces crosstalk
- Die-cast aluminium alloy housing reduces vibration and adds a natural electrical shield
Audio-Technica’s internationally-patented Dual Magnet design replicates the structure of the cutter head.
Instead of using a single, large magnet, the two magnets are arranged in the shape of a "V". The two magnets are positioned precisely to match the positions of the left and right channels in the stereo groove walls. Consequently, the VM design ensures outstanding channel separation, extended frequency response and superb tracking.
Para-toroidal generating system
Para-toroidal coils improve generating efficiency and offers superb linearity, since leakage of magnetic flux in this continuous and unitised magnetic circuit is low. Permeability of the cores is also optimised through the use of laminated cores.
Centre shield plate reduces crosstalk
A permalloy centre shield plate enables the effective separation of left and right channels, suppressing electrical crosstalk to below 40dB. This is similar to the actual crosstalk value found in the grooves of the record itself.
Top-end model fitted with the die-cast aluminium alloy housing. The body reduces the unwanted vibration and enhances the superior sound quality of high-performance line contact styli.
Microlinear profile diamond stylus offers high frequency response with less wear and distortion than elliptical or conventional linear contact styli.
Rega Planar 3 Specifications
|Platter||12mm float glass platter.|
|Tonearm||Hand assembled RB330 tonearm|
|Product dimensions (mm)||(H) 117 x (W) 447 x (D) 360|
Audio Technica VM540ML Specifications
|Cartridge & Stylus|
|Frequency Response||20 - 27,000Hz|
|Channel Separation||28dB (1kHz)|
|Vertical Tracking Angle||23˚|
|Stylus Construction||Nude Square Shank|
|Recommended Load Impedance||47,000Ω|
|Coil Impedance||2,700Ω (1kHz)|
|Output Voltage||4.0mV (1kHz, 5cm/sec.)|
|Output Channel Balance||1.0dB (1kHz)|
|Cantilever||Aluminium Tapered Pipe|
|Static Compliance||40 x 10-6 cm/dyne|
|Dynamic Compliance||10 x 10-6 cm/dyne (100Hz)|
|Dimensions||17.3 (H) x 17.0 (W) x 28.2 (L) mm|
|Accessories Included||Cartridge installation screws 5mm ×2 and 10mm ×2, Washer ×2, Hexagon nut ×2, Non-magnetic screwdriver ×1, Brush ×1, Lead wire set ×1|
|Recommended Load Capacitance||100 – 200pF|
|Stylus Size||0.12 x 2.2 mil|