The original Rega Planar was released in 1975, as a 200 turntable limited run. The company has come a long way since, partnering with Record Store Day to be front and centre of the vinyl revival, and offering a number of iterations of the company’s famous turntables.
The Planar 1 is the latest version of the company’s most famous deck - and it does the name proud.
It would take longer to list all the upgrades applied to this Planar 1 than it does to get it up and running, such is the breadth of tweaks Rega has applied, and the simple set -up process that still remains. If you like a challenge, Rega claims it’s a 30-second job.
There are new components designed specifically for this deck, and also upgrades inherited from more expensive models, which is always a good sign. A cartridge is supplied but you will need a phono stage.
When it comes to sound quality, there’s simply nothing to complain about considering the price. Detail? Yes, in spades, whether revealing emotion in intimate vocals or delivering every intonation of that bass ‘wub’.
Energy? You betcha. Banging techno and commanding classical tracks are relayed with equally impressive dynamics and bags of excitement. Authority, solidity, sheer musicality? Tick, tick and tick.