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Rega P3 Reviews

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Rega P3

Rega P3

2/10 by Noj2015

Plays too fast, massive pop when switching it off, no VTA adjustment, no clutch on the motor so platter starting causes the motor to nearly jump out of the plinth, costs too much. :-)

6/10 by Dinger1000

I have had my Rega P3 for two years now having had a 1990s Planar 3 in the 1990s and we have a Goldring G1.1 as our second turntable (this is essentially a Rega RP1). Having been delighted with the previous 2 turntables I am really disappointed with the new one. It sounds a bit edgy to us and we have 2 major operational problems:

1. The platter is a loose fit on the hub allowing about 2mm of sideways movement. After changing speed it is essential to carefully centre the platter or wow is terrible. I have applied a thin layer of Copydex to the inner hub and allowed it to dry to make this easier. The glue acts as a thin O ring, it does not hold the platter in place!
2. To use a non Rega cartridge you are likely to need a spacer. I have fitted a Goldring G1042 (SUPERB cartridge) and also fitted the Rega supplied 2mm spacer. Once a spacer is fitted the arm's counterbalance weight fouls the lid so the lid cannot be closed unless the arm is left off its rest.

For a turntable costing over £500 this is unacceptable and these problems did not afflict earlier Regas. When I rang Rega they were extremely arrogant and said I should have known about these issues. The supplying dealer did not know about them.

Very disappointing. It has been suggested that I buy a slimmer counterweight. I have spent enough.

9/10 by Johnny2Bad

A correction of sorts; the Review posted here by megranat1958 is probably a Review of the REGA Planar3 turntable (late 1970's~early 1980's) not the REGA P3 turntable (mid 2000's). The Review by yeoldestereo correctly refers to the REGA P3. My star rating for this non-review is the same as that given by both reviewers (9/10) so as not to skew the star ratings (much).

9/10 by megranat1958

A superb turntable, one of which I had in the late 1980s, fitted with a massive Dynavector DV-505 totally manual tonearm (too big to fit the Rega dust cover) and an Ortofon SPU Gold moving coil cartridge / elliptical stylus tracking at 5 grammes. Back then, it was considered the hi-fi enthusiasts turntable for those who couldn't afford a Linn Sondek LP12 and it was pretty much in the same league, except perhaps even more elegant in engineering and visual terms. Price-performance wise, the Rega Planar 3 was a stunner and set the standard that so many of stylish modern mid priced turntables (such as the Project) still try to emulate. As far as I am aware, the 3's thick tempered glass platter was unique at the time. Of course it required a thick felt mat atop that platter unless you wanted to serve crackers and cheese off of it at 33 and a third (just kidding) and, I suggest placing a Nagaoka combination LP weight and stylus brush on the central spindle, especially if any of your LPs are not quite as flat as they should be. That aside, a fine, audiophile turntable, beautifully crafted and made to last. Pretty much totally neutral, set up properly and level, it makes the most of your favourite tonearm and cartridge combination. If you think you can do much better, you either have very deep pockets or are kidding yourself. British turntable engineering at its finest.

9/10 by yeoldestereo

Straight out of the box the Rega P3 is a great table and at its price/performnce ratio there is little in the market place that can touch it. In recent years the RB 300 tone arm has become somewhat of an icon in its own right,with many high end tables employing this arm.

This time I sought to use the J.A. Michell counter weight, which is the new buzz in Rega counter weights today. The Michell is far more precise in its overall execution and allows the RB 300 arm to far excell its performance bar. I highly recommend this J.A. Michell Counter Weight for the Rega RB 300 tone arm. A very worthwhile upgrade, that far belies its modest cost.

Next upgrade was the Rega sub platter, to the Deep Groove sub platter with ruby ball bearing. Not a lot has been written about this. However the stock sub platter on the P 3 is slighly off speed on the fast side and the general trick has been to add to electrical tape to the perimeter of the stock sub platter to get spot on speed.

The Deep Groove sub platter for the Rega P 3 solves a multitude of those inherent problems with the stock sub platter. It is precision machined from aluminium stock and is ever so slightly larger to avoid speed problems. A great upgrade that is more than offset by the price and brings up the level of the P 3.

The platter on the Rega P3 and other Regas has been the glass platter with felt mat. The one used here is the Iron Audio pure acrylic platter as replacement for the glass platter. This is one of the most dramatic upgrades with immediate benefits I can think of. Can be used with the stock Rega Felt Mat, or in this case the Herbie turntable mat.

So if you have been looking at some of the higher priced tables, but budget dictates else, here is a solution that delivers perfomance one can get easily spolied to and one does not have to make excuses for. One of analogs great turntables with updates that bring it to higher levels of resolution with cost effectiveness a priority.


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