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Rega Turntables – an overview of the current range

Rega have been making turntables since the ’70’s. An engineering company, Rega follow the process of making high performance and affordable products that are designed to offer long life and can be easily serviced. Rega turntables follow a top down design aesthetic with R&D used to develop high end products being trickled down into the most affordable products. Rega know a lot about turntables and at the heart of this is simplicity and engineering prowess.

Before we list the models that make up the range it might be of interest to actually look at what turntables actually do. For a start they have to spin at the correct speed and daft as it sounds most turntables actually fluctuate in speed. If the record isn’t rotated at 33 1/3 rp (or 45 rpm) the music will sound discordant, out of time and fundamentally “wrong”. Getting this right isn’t as easy as you might think because the UK mains voltage actually fluctuates.

Secondly the turntable has to offer the stylus up to the groove at the correct angle and geometry. It must also recover as much information from the groove and transmit it to the amplifier with as little loss as possible. Any movement in the bearings or loose fitting components will mask or lose music!

In short getting everything off the groove and doing it in correct time is the result we are looking for.

RP1 £225

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This multi-award winning turntable is designed and engineered to achieve outstanding performance way beyond the expectations of a product at this price point. The minimalist design of the RP1 and the use of extremely high quality components throughout ensure this amazing product will deliver unrivalled performance for the price. Excellent build quality, reliability and the ease of use of this ‘plug and play’ design, combine to make a product guaranteed to offer a lifetime of musical enjoyment. The only thing entry level about the RP1 is the price £225.

Using a manual speed change rather than an automatic mechanism eliminates speed inconsistencies and reduces wear of the drive belt. The money we save is spent across the design, including a new hand assembled RB101 Tonearm, precision main bearing, phenolic resin platter and a high quality low vibration motor which would normally be used on a turntable costing two or three times the amount.

The minimalist design of the Rega RP1 and the use of extremely high quality components ensure that this turntable will last for many years. The RP1 was the first in a new generation of Rega ‘RP’ turntables, all offering far greater performance than their predecessors.

  • Plug and Play design, set-up in less than thirty seconds.
  • Hand assembled RB101 tonearm.
  • High quality, low vibration motor.
  • Phenolic resin, flywheel effect platter.
  • Factory fitted Carbon moving magnet cartridge.
  • Performance Pack upgrade available factory fitted or as an after-market upgrade pack (optional).

 

Click here for more information.

RP1 Performance Pack £298

 

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The RP1 is offered in an improved form. It can be purchased in this form or the RP1 Performance Pack can be purchased as an aftermarket kit or ordered factory fitted to your RP1 turntable.

Included in the pack:

  • Bias 2 moving magnet cartridge
  • Upgrade drive belt
  • 100% natural wool turntable mat

These small things combine to give a substantial improvement to the deck. It is also available in the Union Jack livery as well as the standard finishes (white, dark grey and titanium). The RP1 Performance Pack costs £298 click for more info.

RP3 £475

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The RP3 is the latest version of Rega’s most established and well regarded record player. It has a legendary reputation for performance and value for money and even decks that are 30 years old still change hands for very good money.

The multi award winning RP3 is the latest incarnation of the world famous Planar 3. Delivering serious performance at an unbeatable price, the RP3 guarantees to integrate into any hi-fi system effortlessly. The RP3 uses our lightweight high rigidity plinth design, a float glass platter, precision bearing and our unique double brace technology, all mounted with the hand assembled RB303 tonearm.

The RP3 also benefits greatly from a low vibration, low noise, 24v motor that is hand tuned to its own circuit before fitting. This circuit is designed to minimise vibration transfer and maximise performance.You can also specify to have the award winning Rega Elys2 moving magnet cartridge, factory fitted (recommended). All of these features combine perfectly to extract more detail from your vinyl than ever before.

DB Technology (Double Brace Technology)

“Mass absorbs energy – lost energy equals lost music!”

Rega has pioneered the use of lightweight rigid plinths. Clever use of lightweight particulate core with a highly rigid phenolic resin skin became the foundations of the high level of performance achieved by the now iconic Planar turntable range. The RP3 takes this design philosophy to the next level. A super lightweight plinth combined with a phenolic resin double brace mounted specifically where the increased rigidity is required (between the tonearm mounting and the main hub bearing) forms a structurally sound “stressed beam” assembly. This rigid plinth design prevents energy absorption and unwanted resonance, which will add unnatural distortions to the music.

Equally, heavier mass can transfer more unwanted energy, such as motor or bearing noise directly into the rotating record. The use of braces instead of the complete skin allows double thickness phenolic resin in these key areas while providing further weight reduction to the plinth which directly addresses the issue of mass absorption and unwanted energy transmission.

RB303 Tonearm – Making the best better

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Designed using the latest 3D CAD & CAM technology, the new RB303 is the culmination of more than 30 years of tonearm design experience. Due to advances in technology, we have been able to fine tune the iconic RB300 tonearm design. Featuring a brand new tube with increased rigidity to the bearing housing, arm carrier and headshell coupled with intelligent redistribution of mass ensure this arm will exhibit fewer points of possible resonance. Extreme stability with almost friction free movement from the high precision bearing assemblies guarantees to gather more information from your vinyl than ever before.

The RP3 with Elys2 cartridge has been awarded ‘Product of the year’ for 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014 by WHAT HI-FI magazine.

  • Hand assembled RB303 tonearm.
  • 24v low noise motor / float glass platter.
  • Lightweight double braced plinth.
  • Precision main bearing.
  • Factory fitted Elys2 MM cartridge (optional). Compatible with the TT-PSU electronic speed change and power supply box (optional).

 

As all Rega turntables above the RP1, the RP3 is supplied without cartridge or at a slightly advantageous price with a Rega cartridge fitted. The choice is yours.

Find out a little more about the RP3 here.

RP6 £898 or £1198 with Exact MM cartridge

The RP6 turntable in red shown without mat or lid.
The Rega RP6 turntable in red shown without mat or lid.

The RP6 offers further improvements and these are substantial. Perhaps most noticeable is a free standing separate power supply which improves isolation from mains noise and improves pitch stability. But there are many more upgrades to be had with the RP6 as well.

RB303 Tonearm

Designed using the latest 3D CAD technology, the new RB303 is the culmination of more than 30 years of tonearm design experience. Due to advances in technology, we have been able to fine tune the iconic RB300 tonearm design. Featuring a brand new tube which has increased rigidity to the bearing housing, arm carrier and headshell coupled with intelligent redistribution of mass, ensure this arm will exhibit fewer points of possible resonance. Extreme stability with almost friction free movement from the high precision bearing assemblies guarantees to gather more information from your vinyl than ever before.

TTPSU power supply

The compact TT-PSU uses a high stability, crystal locked, low distortion sine wave generator. This, along with an efficient drive amplifier fed from a stabilised DC power supply, generates a 24v AC balanced signal of less than 0.05% distortion, which is completely un-affected by any changes in the mains/line voltage and conditions. This then drives the improved Rega anti-vibration circuit built into the RP6 motor PCB.

24v Low noise motor

The motor is a high specification, 24v twin phase synchronous unit which has the anti-vibration circuit hand tuned to each motor and is controlled by Rega’s unique and innovative TTPSU power supply. The motor drives the CNC machined pulley and sub platter/hub-bearing assembly via the belt drive.

DB Technology (Double Brace Technology)

“Mass absorbs energy – lost energy equals lost music”!

Rega has pioneered the use of lightweight rigid plinths. Clever use of lightweight particulate core with a highly rigid phenolic resin skin became the foundations of the high level of performance achieved by the now iconic Planar turntable range.

The latest generation of Rega turntables takes this design philosophy to the next level. A super lightweight plinth combined with a phenolic resin double brace mounted specifically where the increased rigidity is required (between the tonearm mounting and the main hub bearing) forms a structurally sound “stressed beam” assembly. This rigid plinth design prevents energy absorption and unwanted resonances which will add unnatural distortions to the music.

Equally, heavier mass can transfer more unwanted energy such as motor or bearing noise directly into the rotating record. The use of braces instead of the complete skin allows double thickness phenolic resin in these key areas, while providing further weight reduction to the plinth which directly addresses the issue of mass absorption and unwanted energy transmission.

16mm Glass flywheel platter and platter adaptor

The RP6 features an innovative two piece platter design constructed from float glass. Manufactured using a complex and labour intensive invisible UV curing bond technique the secondary ring platter is permanently bonded to the underside of the main platter.

The extra ring adds mass to the outer circumference, which increases the natural flywheel effect of the platter, improving speed stability, accuracy and consistency.The aluminium top hub adaptor is manufactured to the highest tolerance and uses a six point mounting system to ensure the platter and vinyl is presented as flat as possible to the stylus.

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The culmination of all this is that the RP6 is legendary at extracting music from the groove.

Again the RP6 can be purchased with or without a cartridge. More information here.

 

RP8 £1598

 

And here in Spider Form

 

The RP8 is a radical departure from the standard plinth design shared by the lower prices record players. It offers improvements in all areas of manufacture.

The RP8 is a ground breaking turntable which takes Rega’s design philosophy further than ever before. A radical new plinth design using custom materials, the RB808 tonearm , 24v low voltage motor controlled by a customised hand tuned electronic power supply, a triple layer float glass platter and a re-designed and improved version of our Planar 9 precision engineered hub bearing assembly. Available with the option of the RP8’s perfect partner the Rega Apheta moving coil cartridge factory fitted (recommended). These are just some of the features of this amazing turntable designed to extract more music from your vinyl than ever before.

In 2013 the RP8 was voted “one of the best designs of all time” by two of the worlds most respected designers, Apple’s Sir Jony Ive and Marc Newson.

The Evolution of Revolution

Evolution is a well proven and documented process in many areas of our lives. This applies in particular to design engineers and machines. Over the past forty years our cars have become more reliable and economical whilst we take for granted the reliability and speed of modern aircraft. Rega is no exception to evolution. Rega’s experience and previous achievements allow us to continually develop and produce better products. The RP8 represents probably the biggest step forward in the evolution of Roy Gandy’s turntable design philosophies.

Low mass, high rigidity plinths combined with electronically controlled low vibration motors, high flywheel effect platters and lower mass higher stability tonearms. The RP8 is the first of our “skeletal” design turntables offering ground breaking levels of performance and amazing value for money.

RB808 Tonearm

The RB808 tonearm is packed with new features pushing the boundaries of tonearm design. All Rega tonearms are meticulously hand built by a team of highly skilled technicians. The RB808 has improved bearings and a tightened spindle fit tolerance over previous models (each bearing is individually selected to find the perfect match for the chosen spindle). This is a proven method of increasing the amount of detail retrieved from the record surface.

A brand new, low mass, precision engineered, vertical bearing assembly has been manufactured to further compliment the inherent design philosophy of the RP8 turntable. The RB808 uses the latest Rega arm tube. Completely redesigned to redistribute mass, further reduce stresses and resonances, this advanced design tube increases the stiffness and rigidity of the overall assembly using CAD design to blend the multiple varying tapers.

Externally we have fitted a bespoke Rega designed, low capacitance phono cable, which uses an advanced phono plug assembly. This has only two parts to minimise joints and incorporates a twist and clamp design locking the plug to the terminal. The design increases connectivity and ensures the signal path is kept as clean as possible.

rp8

Custom TT-PSU power supply

The compact TT-PSU uses a high stability, crystal locked, low distortion sine wave generator. This, along with an efficient drive amplifier fed from a stabilised DC power supply, generates a 24v AC balanced signal of less than 0.05% distortion, which is completely un-affected by any changes in the mains/line voltage and conditions. This then drives the improved Rega anti-vibration circuit built into the RP8 motor PCB.

ttpsu

Magnesium and Phenolic – Dual bracing

A super lightweight plinth combined with a double brace mounted specifically where the increased rigidity is required (between the tonearm mounting and the main hub bearing) forms a structurally sound “stressed beam” assembly. This design prevents energy absorption and unwanted resonances which will add un-natural distortions to the music.

The RP8 takes our double brace technology to the next level. Not content with an unprecedented stiffness to mass ratio, Rega have obsessively reduced any resonant properties by using two different materials for the new stressed beam. The top layer is magnesium and the bottom layer is phenolic (two of the lightest and stiffest materials available). Incorporating two different materials into the brace structure lowers their ability to pick up unwanted airborne vibrations.

Simply put, different materials have different natural resonance. By using two different materials together they decrease the natural frequency of each other by self-damping.

N.B Rega will always use materials in the form that achieves maximum performance. The raw magnesium will develop patina and change colour over time, this is perfectly normal. Coating to prevent this discoloration would affect sonic performance therefore the material remains raw. If you wish to bring the shine back to your magnesium top brace, careful use of metal polish will restore it to its original condition.

Super flywheel effect triple layer glass platter

The new RP8 three piece laminated glass platter is the result of collaboration with a small, emerging, young British glass engineering company. As a general rule the only part of a turntable that requires extra mass is the turntable platter in order to achieve constant rotational speed. However a heavier platter creates more problems for the main bearing design so again an ideal compromise creates the best solution.

Practically this means keeping as much of the mass to the outside rim of the glass platter to create more flywheel effect but keeping the inside of the platter as light as possible without sacrificing stiffness. The RP6 was the first Rega turntable to use a precision engineered glass ring laminated to the outside using modern CNC techniques to ensure concentricity.

The RP8 takes it one step further by laminating three rings together to produce the RP8 super flywheel effect glass platter – an engineering triumph !

Skeletal plinth design with polyolefin foam core

Controversially Rega has always researched methods of producing light but stiff and rigid plinths. The technology is simple: unwanted noise at microscopic levels is developed by the turntable motor and main bearing. The plinth can also pick up airborne vibration from the music.

From the beginning in the 1970’s, Rega pioneered the use of a stressed skin structure for the plinth. This uses two layers of phenolic resin with a lightweight particle or fibre board sandwiched between the skins. This technique has been used in many applications where stiff, light structures are needed such as an aircraft wing or a Formula 1 chassis.

The current increase in interest in turntables has allowed Rega to research and develop higher technology structures for the customer who is happy to pay a little more for higher sound quality. The RP8 turntable utilises a unique new stressed skin structure produced from thin phenolic skins sandwiching a featherweight nitrogen expanded, closed cell, polyolefin foam core.

This material has been developed exclusively for Rega over a three year period. The RP8 plinth is 7 times lighter than the weight of the original Planar 3 plinth. Rega has added even more stiffness in the crucial area between the arm and the main bearing.

De-coupled outer frame and dust cover

A common problem for many skeletal design turntables is the inability to incorporate an effective dust cover into the design. We have constructed an outer frame that minimises contact between the inner and outer plinth. The only points of contact are three location devices on the feet which centralises the inner and outer plinths perfectly. This makes set-up extremely easy and allows the use of a dust cover. The RP8 can be used without the outer frame if so desired.

Key features: Hand made RB808 tonearm / precision engineered bearing and aluminium sub platter/ triple layer float glass platter / custom matched TT-PSU individually tuned to its own motor / Rega’s pioneering skeletal plinth design / Apheta MC available as factory fitted (optional) / Magnesium and phenolic bracing.

  • Hand made RB808 tonearm.
  • Precision engineered bearing and aluminium sub platter.
  • Triple layer float glass platter.
  • Custom matched TT-PSU individually tuned to its own motor.
  • Rega’s pioneering skeletal plinth design.
  • Factory fitted Apheta 2 MC cartridge available (optional).
  • Magnesium and phenolic bracing.

The RP8 can also be purchased with an Exact MM cart for an additional £200 or an Apheta 2 MC cart for an additional £600. More info can be found here.

And finally the RP10 £2998

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Again Rega have used a radical solution to making a turntable massively rigid but low mass.

“Frankly, the RP10 is not only the best Rega I’ve tested but one of the best bar none, irrespective of price”. Paul Miller Hi-Fi News August 2015 Outstanding Product Award.

The RP10 represents the biggest step forward in the evolution of Roy Gandy’s turntable design philosophy.

This extends further than ever before with advanced components built around our radical new plinth design. Featuring the brand new RB2000 tonearm, a ceramic flywheel effect platter and the custom RP10 power supply (allowing total control and accuracy over both motor vibration and speed performance) guarantee the highest level of performance from a Rega turntable to date.

Available with the option of the RP10’s perfect partner, the Rega Apheta 2 moving coil cartridge factory fitted (recommended).

The Evolution of Revolution

Evolution is a well proven and documented process in many areas of our lives. This applies in particular to design engineers and machines. Over the past forty years our cars have become more reliable and economical whilst we take for granted the reliability and speed of modern aircraft. Rega is no exception to evolution. Rega’s experience and previous achievements allow us to continually develop and produce better products.

rp10plinth

RP10 Custom power supply

Housed in Rega’svibration and speed control circuit dedicated to running the 24v low noise motor. The speed and control of the motor is achieved by using a new DSP (Digital Signal Processing) generator built upon a high stability crystal. This device will divide the accurate square wave from the crystal to the exact frequency required to turn the platter at the selected speed. The DSP core will also generate a near perfect sinusoidal waveform to power the motor. Factory set vibration and speed adjustments are then made to the power supply to tune the motor for optimal performance.

RB2000 Tonearm

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The RB2000 tonearm is packed with new features pushing the boundaries of tonearm design. As with all Rega tonearms, each one is meticulously hand built by a team of highly skilled technicians. The RB2000 uses improved bearings with each one being hand selected to be an interference fit with the paired spindle matching both the inside and outside diameters.

This is a Rega developed method of increasing the amount of detail retrieved from the record surface, designed specifically to maximise performance of the tonearm and cartridge. The entire tonearm structure is designed to have the minimum of mechanical joints whilst using the stiffest materials in all critical areas. The tolerance of the RB2000 tonearm is so tight that no adhesive is used at any point throughout the construction.

A brand new low mass, precision engineered, vertical bearing assembly has been manufactured to further compliment the inherent design philosophy of the RP10 turntable. The RB2000 uses the latest award winning Rega arm tube. Each one is meticulously hand polished (keeping mass to an absolute minimum) and has been completely redesigned to redistribute mass and further reduce stresses and resonances. This advanced design tube increases the stiffness and rigidity of the overall assembly, whilst reducing stress on the bearings even further.

Magnesium and Phenolic

Dual bracing – A super lightweight plinth combined with a double brace mounted specifically where the increased rigidity is required (between the tonearm mounting and the main hub bearing) forms a structurally sound “stressed beam” assembly. This design prevents energy absorption and unwanted resonances which will add un-natural distortions to the music.

The RP10 takes our double brace technology to the next level. Not content with an unprecedented stiffness to mass ratio, Rega have obsessively reduced any resonant properties by using two different materials for the new stressed beam. The top layer is magnesium and the bottom layer is phenolic (two of the lightest and stiffest materials available).

Incorporating two different materials into the brace structure lowers their ability to pick up unwanted airborne vibrations. Simply put, different materials have different natural resonances. By using two different materials together they decrease the natural frequency of each other by self-damping.

N.B Rega will always use materials in the form that achieves maximum performance. The raw magnesium will develop patina and change colour over time, this is perfectly normal. Coating to prevent this discoloration would affect sonic performance therefore the material remains raw. If you wish to bring the shine back to your magnesium top brace careful use of metal polish will restore it to its original condition.

Super flywheel effect ceramic platter

The RP10 uses a custom ceramic flywheel effect platter. The platter is produced from ceramic oxide powder which is compressed, fired and diamond cut to ensure perfect accuracy and flatness across the surface. The new platter features a modified construction over the previous P9 version with improved coupling to the sub platter.

24v Low noise motor

The motor is a high specification, 24v twin phase synchronous unit. It is controlled by Rega’s unique and innovative RP10-PSU power supply. The motor drives the CNC machined pulley, sub platter and hub-bearing assembly via the twin belt drive. Each motor is individually hand tuned to its own custom power supply in the factory to minimise vibration, motor noise and ensure optimum performance.

Skeletal plinth design with polyolefin foam core

Controversially, Rega has always researched methods of producing light but stiff and rigid plinths. The technology is simple: unwanted noise at microscopic levels is developed by the turntable motor and main bearing.

The plinth can also pick up airborne vibration from the music. From the beginning in the 1970’s, Rega pioneered the use of a stressed skin structure for the plinth. This uses two layers of phenolic resin with a lightweight particle or fibre board sandwiched between the skins.

This technique has been used in many applications where stiff, light structures are needed such as an aircraft wing or a Formula 1 chassis. The current increase in interest in turntables has allowed Rega to research and develop higher technology structures for the customer who is happy to pay a little more for higher sound quality.

The all new RP10 turntable utilises a unique new stressed skin structure produced from thin phenolic skins, sandwiching a featherweight nitrogen expanded, closed cell, polyolefin foam core. This material has been developed exclusively for Rega over a three year period. The RP10 plinth is 7 times lighter than the weight of the original Planar 3 plinth. Rega has added even more stiffness in the crucial area between the arm and the main bearing.

De-coupled outer frame and dust cover

A common problem for many skeletal design turntables is the inability to incorporate an effective dust cover into the design. We have constructed an outer frame that minimises contact between the inner and outer plinth. The only points of contact are three location devices on the feet which centralises the inner and outer plinths perfectly. This makes set-up extremely easy and allows the use of a dust cover. The RP10 can be used without the outer frame if so desired.

  • Handmade RB2000 tonearm, precision engineered bearing and aluminium sub platter
  • Ceramic oxide diamond cut flywheel platter
  • Fully adjustable RP10 dedicated power supply tuned to its own motor
  • Rega’s pioneering skeletal plinth design
  • The Apheta 2 MC cartridge is available as factory fitted (optional)
  • Magnesium and phenolic bracing

More information can be found here.