Should I? Rega planar 3

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Re: Should I? Rega planar 3

Post by celester340 » 24 May 2019 12:26

Well guys, I picked up the new planar 3 in white with the Ely’s 2 cart! Delivery on the 29th! Will give a full update soon! Thank you all.

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Re: Should I? Rega planar 3

Post by Jim Leach » 27 May 2019 02:40

Sounds good!

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Re: Should I? Rega planar 3

Post by celester340 » 31 May 2019 05:50

Here are some pics folk's! I'm extremely chuffed with my new lil toy! Such an easy 5 minute set-up! Put on my favorite dire straits lp and beautiful smooth and detailed music was flowing through my dynaaudio speakers!

Played a fee more lps. Eric Clapton, Julio Iglesias, dean Martin with a single malt in the evening! The sight of the needle dropping onto the lp.... Oh I missed that past 2 months! It's a beautiful lil TT with a very high WAF!
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Re: Should I? Rega planar 3

Post by Jim Leach » 03 Jun 2019 00:31

Looks slick in white.

I feel it needs a white platter mat perhaps...

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Re: Should I? Rega planar 3

Post by celester340 » 04 Jun 2019 04:24

Thanks jim. White platter mat, as in any aftermarket brand? Anyone using the groovetracer? That’s going to be my next upgrade soon!

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Re: Should I? Rega planar 3

Post by dysmike » 04 Jun 2019 17:37

Any metal subplatter will yield significant results.

White, as in colour I believe ;) I agree, that'd be a nice colour way.

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Re: Should I? Rega planar 3

Post by Jim Leach » 05 Jun 2019 00:38

Yeah, just color. I still use the felt on the glass (and plastic sub platter) but one of my type-2 belts.

I realized my motor is lose (still working) and leaning toward the sub platter. I might use it as an upgrade excuse, but I have a Kenwood direct drive I’m in the middle of fixing so I might just jam a tissue in there to hold the motor up!

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Re: Should I? Rega planar 3

Post by banerjba » 07 Jun 2019 03:18

I am also thinking about adding a Rega to the fleet. I have owned older versions in the past. Loved the sound but I always heard pitch issues.

Can someone who listens to classical music let me know if Rega is a good choice. I have multiple systems and the other tables are from entry Clearaudio, Pro-ject and Elipson.

I really like the Rega Planar 2 so not sure how different the Planar 3 sounds.

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Re: Should I? Rega planar 3

Post by Jim Leach » 07 Jun 2019 03:54

It’s pretty well known that Rega runs a touch fast (sharp) so you’ll hear that if you have perfect pitch. I don’t so it doesn’t bother me. But I have good relative pitch and that is a product of the recording, not the playback.

But, you can get a used table quite cheaply, and then upgrade the sub platter and belt (I sell a nice variety pack of belts to try quite cheaply) and that usually corrects the pitch issue. And then there are tons of other “upgrades” (changes) that can be made if you want to.

If you’re a gear head, I equate it to the small block Chevy motor. Just dead easy and cheap to get reasonably performance. No, it won’t go toe to toe with a Ferrari V12, but it’s 1/20th the cost too.

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Re: Should I? Rega planar 3

Post by Alec124c41 » 07 Jun 2019 05:14

I have an old Planar 2, with GT subplatter, and the Music Hall Cruise Control 2. This completely eliminates any pitch issues. :)

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Re: Should I? Rega planar 3

Post by banerjba » 07 Jun 2019 23:11

Just bought a red Planar 2 from a big local hit store called Bay Bloor Radio. They had them on sale. Gorgeous table and ideal for my tiny room. First record is a recital by Kathleen Battle of various songs. Phenomenal sound from even this basic Rega Carbon cartridge. Good detail and tone.

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Re: Should I? Rega planar 3

Post by celester340 » 11 Jun 2019 07:07

Hey guys I’m looking to get a decent Phonostage. I currently have the hagerman bugle 3 and a creek audio OBH MK2. Looking to get an upgrade maybe? On my mind are the Rega aria ( expensive! ) or the trigon vanguard 3.

I don’t think many have heard of the trigon company based in Germany?

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Re: Should I? Rega planar 3

Post by banerjba » 15 Jun 2019 02:06

Not familiar with Trigon - I use Clearaudio Basic Plus for my Rega. What's wrong with the Creek? I remember that being quite decent.

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Re: Should I? Rega planar 3

Post by dl_hoffman » 15 Jun 2019 04:17

Hey banerjba, I also have a red Planar 2. It's about one and one-half years old now. Had the performance pack from an rp1 that I put on it. Recently upgraded from the Bias 2 cart to the Nagaoka MP-110. They are worth about the same $$ but the Nag is a definite step up. Just added a Fidelity Designs Reference sub-platter. So with the thicker, higher quality mat, white belt, Nag cart, alloy sub platter and ceramic ball bearing (figured for the low cost I'd upgrade it too), I've done about as much upgrading on the P2 as I want to. There are others, but I'd rather spend my money on music. If a Nag MP-200 became available at a real low price, I'd be tempted though. But I'm very pleased with the MP-110. very happy with the table. It looks beautiful too!

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Re: Should I? Rega planar 3

Post by banerjba » 15 Jun 2019 05:03

That sounds like a great combo. I need to swap out my P2 for a 3 but I am worried the Elyse is not as good as the Carbon in the treble. The P2/Carbon just sings on my system and I am about 80% classical music. I love the Nags too and that is what I ran back in the day when I had a P5 almost a decade ago.

My Planar 2 has a noisy motor. Otherwise it is perfect for my listening. Spent the last 3 hours listening to a couple of Mahler symphonies and the mighty P2 did not flinch. Excellent music making. Like you, I prefer to focus on records than equipment. But the equipment must engage and sound natural. We are spoiled in Toronto with ready access to live symphony, opera and ballet. I want to ensure I am just as engaged at home with this great music.