The Rega Planar 1 has a significant number of modifications, but in spite of this, the signature sound of the British company is preserved. Almost all the elements were modified to some extent, to make this turntable a high-grade modern device.
The table is made of a solid MDF and is laminated with an acrylic. In general, it has a simple concise design. The color options are white and black. The power button is located on the bottom of the case, closer to the front edge, i.e. power activation doesn’t cause any inconveniences. The legs effectively dampen vibrations, and the main bearing with a brass bushing helps in relieving of the mechanical stresses. The supporting disk is made of a phenol-aldehyde resin and has an improved inertial effect during rotation. The kit also includes a standard mat that is already installed on the platter.
The turntable is very easy in usage and requires minimal adjustment after unpacking. The setup step doesn’t raise questions, since all the necessary settings have been already made by the manufacturer. The only thing you need to make sure is the parallel position of the player relative to the floor. Otherwise, this is indeed a true Plug’n’Play – the entire installation process took me no more than a few minutes.
The Rega Planar 1 specs may impress the novice vinyl lovers. The model has received the RB110 manual assembly tonearm with a straight tube and a rigid integrated shell, a built-in holder and an automatic anti-skating system. The tonearm is equipped with high-precision bearings with zero axial play and low friction coefficient, as well as a pre-installed Rega Carbon MM-cartridge.
The model is equipped with a 24V synchronous electric motor, that is usually used in more expensive options, with a belt drive which provides significantly less vibration transmitted to the tonearm. The engine received a passive cooling and an aluminum pulley, which guarantees more stable disk rotation speed. Speeds switching (33.3 or 45 RPM) is manual. A massive, 23 mm thick platter is made of a phenolic resin and is stiff and durable. This disk provides a good inertial effect, ensuring the stability of rotation.
In this Rega Planar 1 review, I’d like to highlight that you won’t find unnecessary analog sound functions in this turntable, as everything is subordinated to two goals – maximum ease of operation and sound quality. For such a budget device, the player shows itself at a level that is certainly higher than expected. Thus, the Rega Planar 1 is potentially one of the best options for those who want to take their first step to vinyl.