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Rega Planar 3

2-Speed Belt-Drive Turntable

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Rega Planar 3


The Planar 3 is a classic unsprung turntable with belt-drive and AC synchronous motor.

Introduced in 1977, the original Planar 3 models came with the Acos derived R200 tonearm, but from 1983 the improved RB300 tonearm was fitted as standard.

Compared to the Planar 2, the turntable has a heavier plinth and thicker glass platter.

Features include calibrated, spring-applied tracking force and magnetic bias compensation.


Drive method: belt drive

Motor: 110V AC synchronous

Platter: glass

Counterweight: tungsten or stainless steel

Speeds: 33 and 45rpm


The Planer 3 sounded nicely musical in a balanced and coherent manner. Presentation of detail was considered well above average, little inferior to super-fi models in this respect - £188 HiFi Choice 1984

A long time leader in it's price category - £250 HiFi Choice 1992


instruction/owners manual  English

baerwald protractor  English

stevenson protractor  English

original rega protractor  English

motor upgrade  English

brochure  English - alternativeroute

instruction/owners manual (improved scan)  English - jlin0442

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Planar 3 Motor Resistor colours

Brown Green Brown Yellow
Uneven spacing of bands , not sure wich way to read it,Larger spacing between Brown and Yellow

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Can someone help me with resistor replacement type for 10-15 year old Rega planar 3.
Mine has burnt out and I cant see the colours.
Thank you.

Normally around 3K for 110V

Normally around 3K
for 110V use, 6.8K for 230V use. Get a 5 watt resistor.

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