Rega Planar 3 TurnTables

4.25/5 (73 Reviews) MSRP : $750.00


Product Description

The Planar 3 features a glass platter and probably the best inexpensive straight line tone arm in the industry - the RB-300 tone arm. The RB-300 is so good it does justice to tables costing thousands of dollars. The arm eliminates the faults of cheaper tonearms through its one-piece, resonant damped design (no separate head shell to blur sound) and high quality ball-and-gimbal bearing pivot, and includes a damped cuing lever. The belt-drive Rega comes complete with felt platter mat and dust cover. Made in U.K.


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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by blackhawks6 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 28, 2015

Bottom Line:   
this review is trailing the other reviews by years however in the event somebody researches the P3 and wants feedback from a dedicated audio listener with decent equipment and it is in plain speak (no offense to audiophiles who are better versed technically).

To give you an idea... I run:

Hegel H300 integrated
B&W PM1 monitors
B&W PV1 sub
macmini digital server
Clearudio nano phono preamp
LAT cables (ints and speaker)
Cardas USB

I have spent approximately $40,000 to end up with this $12000 system. Tried B&W 803S, B&W 805D, KEF's, Dynaudio (awful!), Bryston, W4S, Peachtree.It depends on chemistry I know.

The current setup is the best match for the P3. I use a Sumiko Pearl basic M cartridge. The turntable sounds sweet. It did not at first. It sounded reserved and compressed at first. There was no comparison to digital. Expecting warm but sounded dull. Then everything opened up after awhile. Also at this point warmth came upon the player and digital sounded harsh Of course both formats largely depended on the recordings. However I never heard any of the wow and flutter or interference/noise that others have complained about. None of it. There are no mods to my table.

This is a solid turntable. I am now toying with the idea of the Clearaudio Concept because I am so wowed by the performance of the Nano (used). I previously had a NAD phono preamp and it was junk. However I do not think I am going to abandon this P3. i believe the chemistry is set and the risk is that I acquire a technically better piece of equipment but in concert with the other parts it may sound inferior.

Last point and I believe a critical one. When I acquired the Bryston single channel amps and the NAD Masters series processor I had my audio dealer come out and setup the entire system. It cost me $400.00. I believe that the dealer service in optimizing the system especially the calibration of the Rega P3 has a significant role in how well this unit sounds despite the fact that I have changes all of the other pieces with the exception of the Rega.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2010



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gordon a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: September 14, 2011

Bottom Line:   
Great investment. Value for money. Never fails in its performance.

I would never give-up my P3 for any other models within its range of budget.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by allen lane a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: March 30, 2011

Bottom Line:   
well on the few chances i get to blast out all my old vinyl, i really love the sound i get from my p3, iv never altered or upgraded it since i bought it back in 96 , maybe i should, or may need to change cartridge one day, but to be honest i would,nt know where to start. yes there is a humm, after a good play, so i may be interested in in some, sound, (no pun intended) advice on practical reasonable solutions, especially on an econic level! cheers

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Product model year:   1996



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by hifioldster a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: March 5, 2011

Bottom Line:   
This is my review of the Rega Planar 3. Like many people I read the reports in the Hi Fi press about the Rega turntables during the mid nineties and was interested in upgrading fom an older turntable. Although I don't listen to much vinyl now it is nice to use the Rega. It has flaws though , motor hum is present towards the centre of the platter , the original pick up wiring is not particularly good and I came up with my own mod to stop the dreadful mechanical motor lumping which came through the deck . After the recent Cadas litz rewire using my old Ortofon cartridge from my original table some years and a lubrication service of the arm and turntable bush it now sounds as I want it too. And the detail and stereo image is much improved with an extended bass. I would advise anyone that feels their Rega three sounds a bit restrained to get the Cardas kit fitted before changing anything else. It also got rid of phase distortion and a lot of extra detail came through. , very pleased now .

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Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Triodelicacy a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: December 22, 2009

Bottom Line:   
This is a follow-up to a previous review in which I was critical of my Planar 3, which is one of the first made (in other words, my Rega is very old). I've always enjoyed the RB300 arm but have been very disappointed with the turntable itself, especially its poor shock isolation and excessive flutter-and-wow.

On the advice of a friend who also owns the Rega Planar 3 (and feels the same way I do) I decided to buy the Motor Upgrade, the Limited Edition White Belt, and a new Rega platter mat (in basic black). I had no trouble installing the new motor. In fact it was i the process of doing it I discovered what made the Rega sound awful to me -- the motor mounts are small rubber bands. this causes the motor to not be rigidly enough mounted to be able to deliver power to the platter smoothly, increasing the flutter-and-wow. I'd always blamed the flutter-and-wow problem on motor torque but that's wrong -- it's the way the motor is mounted that affects flutter-and-wow. The motor upgrade mounts the motor rigidly. Along with being a better motor this rigid mounting provides rock-steady power transmission to the platter. Wonderful!

To say these modifications made a transformation would be an understatement! Honestly, it's like a new turntable! The flutter-and-wow is now excellent, music has a speed and pace I've seldom experienced before (and never with my Rega as it was previously), the drive is dead quiet so music springs from silence. I now love this turntable!

I've noticed a few snarky comments made by other reviewers stating that if you dislike the Rega the problem is other equipment you have, not the Rega. This is insulting as it assumes you cannot discern where the sonic problems are occurring. If only one component in an otherwise excellent system sounds bad to you, then the problem is that one component, even if that component is the beloved Rega Planar 3.

That having been said, let me address those who "bash" the Rega: you're right to be critical of it. But I'd ask you this question: How old is your Rega Planar 3? Rega has improved it over the many years they've been making it. My Rega Planar 3 was one of the first ones sold in the USA. If your Planar 3 is more than 5 years old and you're not happy with the sound, buy the upgraded motor upgrade, if possible buy the belt, replace the mat -- then sit back and enjoy one of the best sounding vinyl experiences you will ever have! These few upgrades are far cheaper than buying a new turntable. IF you don't want to buy the upgrades but want better sound from the Rega, replace the motor shock mounts, as they've probably dried out too much over the years. But really, I cannot emphasize too much how the new motor upgrade and limited edition belt transformed my older Rega Planar 3's sound from awful to delightful!

Enjoy!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995




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