A new Rega vinyl turntable is always cause for celebration. After achieving international success with the REGA RP1 and the release of the new REGA Planar 3, it seems only natural that the British manufacturer has now released a new mid-range model.
At first glance, it looks a lot like the new Planar 3, but upon closer inspection the differences quickly become obvious.
Rega Planar 2 : Plinth, platter and feet
The layered plinth has got a new acrylic finish available in glossy black or white, and is significantly more rigid and inert than the RP1.
The platter is made of Optiwhite, a translucent type of float glass. It is not as thick as the Planar 3 platter (10mm compare to the Planar 3’s 12mm), but has been constructed and polished with no less care and precision.
It sits on the three solid rubber feet Rega holds so dear. But this time they have been redesigned, with Rega assuring us that they increase stability and isolate the turntable from the surface it rests on. The on/off button is concealed underneath the plinth, on the left.
Rega Planar 2 : Drive and motor
It is powered by the company’s most recent 24V motor, which is similar to the motor used to drive the Planar 3. However, its circuit board is slightly different.
Rega Planar 2 : Tonearm
The tonearm is also brand new and beautiful! The RB220 seems to be a low cost version of the RB330 rather than an improved version of the RB250. It boasts new bearings, complete with frictionless ball bearings, as well as an automatic antiskating mechanism applied directly to tonearm bearing.
The 11mm bearing has been redesigned for the better, as has the sub-platter, in order to reduce friction and mechanical noise as much as possible.
Like the RB330, the tube is made of polished aluminium and feels very similar to this model. It comes as standard with the Rega Carbon MM cartridge. As usual, the whole ensemble was designed and assembled in Britain.
Rega Planar 2 : Listening and test review
Playback with the Planar 2 is rhythmic, lively and bright. As we have come to expect from Rega, there’s never a dull moment! The bass is full-bodied and well-articulated. It is much more precise and rich than the Rega P1. The overall sonic performance is detailed and precise enough. The sound stage is impressive for a record player in this range, as is the placement of each performer. But the real selling point of this turntable, and the one which makes it stand out from the competition, is the cohesiveness of the sound quality. When the time is right, we also recommend adding the REGA Performance Pack to take the Planar 2's sound quality to the next level! This turntable offers significantly more neutrality than previous benchmark models and its little sister the P1, despite not quite reaching the same levels of sophistication and nuance as the Rega RP3 – or delivering the same quality and performances of the now famed PLANAR 3, of course.
Rega Planar 2 : Unboxing
The Planar 2 is extremely easy to use, but nonetheless requires a minimum of care. We recommend that you set it up on a rigid (but not necessarily heavy), perfectly level surface. The best option for this would be the (Rega wall bracket).
The Rega Planar 2 vinyl turntable is without a doubt the best deal on the market right now, offering the brand’s renowned musicality at an affordable price. Just can't recommend it enough!
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Tonearm: RB220 (hand built)
Motor: 24v Synchronous.
Platter: 10 mm/300 mm silica.
Plinth: inert glossy black or white
Spindle/bearing: high precision bronze.
Platter mat: wool felt.
Dust cover: translucent
Cartridge: Rega Carbon
Option: Performance Pack
Dimensions: 11.7 x 44.7 x 36 cm