Rega reveals brand new Planar 3 turntable

Rega has been developing the new model for the last two years and it’s on display at this weekend's Bristol Sound and Vision Show.

Upgrades include a new RB330 tonearm, which Rega says benefits from a wealth of new features, plus new cabling and Neutrik plugs.

It has also improved horizontal and vertical bearings and comes with a newly-designed, milled-steel balance weight. We’re starting to agree with the “completely new for 2016” statement.

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The list of upgrades doesn’t end there. The new Planar 3 has a stiffer plinth, a repositioned power switch for a more ergonomic look, and a fresh high-gloss acrylic laminated finish (which will be available at launch in black or white).

In addition, Rega has redesigned the brass central bearing housing and the sub platter is now stiffer in an effort to provide improved accuracy. Even the feet have had a makeover and are now said to offer a more stable base in order to reduce vibration.

The price and release date remain elusive for now, but we’re hunting for more information as we type.

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Max is a staff writer for What Hi-Fi?'s sister site, TechRadar, in Australia. But being the wonderful English guy he is, he helps out with content across a number of Future sites, including What Hi-Fi?. It wouldn't be his first exposure to the world of all things hi-fi and home cinema, as his first role in technology journalism was with What Hi-Fi? in the UK. Clearly he pined to return after making the move to Australia and the team have welcomed him back with arms wide open.