Long before millennial hipsters were buying vinyl records, the British audio company Rega was steadfast in its belief of the format. Through its belief in the vinyl format Rega has positioned itself as a go-to brand for everyone from the aforementioned hipster, to hardcore baby boomer audiophiles and everyone in between.
Rega says the Planar 2 turntable is the result of two years of R&D, and the release of the product follows the launch of the company's step-up model Planar 3 turntable. Assembled by a dedicated production in-house team, the Planar 2 is highlighted by the use of Rega's brand new RB220 tonearm. The RB220 employs a new ultra-low friction zero-play ball bearings housed in a new lightweight, but stiff enclosure that includes a new automatic bias setting to eliminate the need for dealers to set bias.
Other design elements new to the Planar 2 include an 11mm self-securing brass bearing that is said to provide a more secure fit and less stress on the bearing itself to minimize the transfer of energy. The Planar 2 also features a high-gloss acrylic laminated plinth, as well as a newly repositioned power switch that is now more ergonomically friendly, and a new 24-volt twin phase low-noise motor.
In addition, Rega points out the table features a new 10mm Optiwhite float-glass platter that delivers accurate rotations and cleaner aesthetics, and Makroion hollow-cone feet that increase the table's stability, while reducing the transfer of vibrations.
The Planar 2 ships with a factory-installed Carbon moving-magnet (MM) cartridge, and it carries an MSRP of $675.
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