Audio-Technica AT-LP5 vs Rega Planar 1

Choose the one for yourself: Rega Planar 1 vs Audio-Technica AT-LP5

Audio-Technica AT-LP5 vs Rega Planar 1

After reading a decent comparison of Audio-Technica AT-LP5 vs Rega Planar 1, the potential buyer must compare a lot of features. What has more priority for you: sound versus build quality?

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Features & Performance

The output level of both turntables is as follows pre-amp "PHONO": 3.5 mV nominal at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec. The pre-amp “LINE”: 150 mV nominal at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec and 2.5 mV nominal at 1 kHz respectively. Their cartridge types are worth noting as well. Both turntables have a moving magnet (MM). The so awaited playback speeds are equal too. 33.3, 45 RPM for each model.

Design & build quality

Made from MDF and laminated with acrylic, the Rega Planar 1 table impresses with its simple, sleek design. Available color options are white or black.

The power button is located on the bottom of the chassis closer to the front edge, i.e., power activation does not cause any inconvenience.

The new legs of the model effectively dampen the vibration, and the main bearing with a brass sleeve has a redesigned structure that helps relieve mechanical stresses. The support disk 23 mm thick is made of phenol-aldehyde resin and has an improved inertial effect during rotation. The kit includes a standard mat, which is installed on a support disk.

By default, the Rega Planar 1 player delivers an accurate, even, rhythmic, expressive and detailed sound. To further improve the sound, the Performance Pack is optionally available, which includes the Bias 2 MM cartridge (an elliptical needle), which provides a well-balanced detailed presentation with elaborate bass and a wide stage. The set also has a high-quality mat made of natural wool.

Assembling the kit of AT-LP5 removed from the box caused absolutely no problems. The cast aluminum alloy disk needs to be installed on the engine pulley - a direct drive eliminates even a short fuse with the belt.

On top, we put a heavy, pressure-molded rubber mat. We wind the counterweight onto the back of the J-shaped tonearm, fasten the AT-HS10 bayonet shell with the AT-95EX cartridge already installed in it with one movement.

Audio-Technica AT-LP5

Pros:

  • Good sound for its class.
  • Quick-detachable shell.
  • Excellent potential for upgrade.

Cons:

  • Inconvenient location of the power button.
  • The small distance between the RCA connectors can interfere with the use of thick wires with massive connectors.

Rega Planar 1

Pros:

  • Excellent entry-level device.
  • Minimalism (nothing more than needed).
  • Simple setup to run right after unboxing.
  • Decent appearance.

Cons:

  • A little expensive for a turntable of this level.
  • Entry-level head.
  • Felt mat leaves much to be desired.

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Product

Audio-Technica AT-LP5
Rega Planar 1

Model

AT-LP5
Planar 1

Brand

Audio-Technica
Rega

Rating

4.7 of 5
4.1 of 5

Reviews

39
48

Cartridge

Type

moving magnet (MM)
moving magnet (MM)

Appropriate needle pressure, g

2

Supplied headshell weight, g

10

Stylus

Replaceable

Type

diamond
diamond

Model

AT95EX
Rega Carbon

Motor

Drive method

direct
belt

Platter type

aluminum diecast
plastic

Speed, RPM

33.3, 45
33.3, 45

Torque

>1.6 kgf-cm
>4.5 kgf-cm

Wow & flutter (WRMS), %

0.2
0.2

Sound

Frequency response, Hz

20 - 22000
20 - 20000

Signal to noise ratio, dB

50
75

Gain

36

Output level

Pre-amp “PHONO”: 3.5 mV nominal at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec. Pre-amp “LINE”: 150 mV nominal at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec
2.5 mV nominal at 1 kHz

Controls

Operation type

automatic
full manual

Pitch control

Pitch variation, %

Braking system

electronic
electronic

Connections

USB

1
0

RCA

1
1

Other

has not
has not

Features

Dust cover

45 RPM adapter

Other

has not
has not

Power

Motor type

DC
AC

Power consumption, W

6
5

User manual

Manual

N/A
N/A

Dimensions

Size, cm/inches

15.7 x 45 x 35.2/6.1 x 17.7 x 13.8
11.7 x 44.7 x 36/4.6 x 17.6 x 14.2

Weight, kg/pounds

10.5/23.1
4.2/9.2

Turntables HelpToChoose comparison rating

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  • worse
  • 12.5
  • 10.3
  • 12.5Audio-Technica AT-LP5
  • 10.3Rega Planar 1

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