Excited to get “back into vinyl.”. If go Brio i will get the matching Apollo in a few months also but Arcam like £350 more, what other uses can the Arcam bring ? From what I hear, Belgium operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz. Designed & Developed by SoloPine.com, By using this website you agree to accept our Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions Accept. Rega has a good value model, the Fono. To run the PLANAR 1 through this switch box will probably degrade the signal so now deciding to either go completely separate and purchase a stand alone amp OR buy a new AV receiver such as a Yamaha etc. As soon as it is powered off, the noise stops before the platter stops, so I think it is related to the motor. And yes, I’d upgrade the turntable when you can. ), to be replaced by the funky B&O A9. The easiest way is for your turntable to talk to your Yamaha in such a way. Grab the Rega plus the Fono and hook those up to the Pioneer and have a great time listening to vinyl. So i’ll order today a rega planar1 and cross my fingers. Hopefully that will help Stephen. 3. But the source is where the info is obtained. Brian. Great site and it’s fantastic to see such an interactive comments section, you should be very proud. There’s a few issues here but, reading your text and your circumstances, I would recommend a Planar 1. Hi Thomas – please don’t be afraid of the manual speed change. Very useful. Do i need any other “amplifier” or is this the only other piece I need in addition to the speakers, turntable and wiring? Right off the bat, I find the overall sould pleasant, but the highs are lacking definition, sounds like the cymbal strokes are spread too thin. Thank you, sir. I’m building a vinyl system and already have the Teufel 40 MK2 speakers. Be this week some time , Thanks a lot for the feedback, Paul. It’s all very well having a strong bass but if it lacks any sense of the organic then it tends to lose emotion (unless that’s the artist’s intention, of course). Thanks for your kind comments, James. You published a review of the Audiolab 6000 CDT last year. Many thanks for the advice, Paul, greatly appreciated. MORE: Ho… I am wondering if the Planar 1 would be a good match for my current stereo. Hi Andy – re the turntable, the Rega out-performs the Denon in terms of sound quality. I mentioned this to my other half and they’ve gone and bought me a cork and rubber mix replacement mat, but from looking at it, the new mat is 3mm and looks to be a bit thicker than the stock felt mat (not exactly sure how thick that is.). As I’m thinking of getting a Planar 3 in about 4 months, do you really think it necessary to replace my Cambridge Audio 640 C Azur to take full advantage of the new turntable? Try and ask for a home demo to see if the system works without any issues. And perhaps an Amp thats a bit lower in price in order to fit my total budget. So will order my Amp next pay day in couple of weeks and be up and running.. i so want to listen to the P! For me are the looks also important, i know i may not focus on that, but i like ‘minimal or clean’ looks. Hi Mr Rigby, I read your review with interest. Your answer is highly appreciated! Congratulations for Your articles and comments. Writing in cos you seem to take interest and reply to folks appreciate your contribution to all of us new guys , Hi Jeevan – thanks for your questions. An external phono amplifier is better but, of course, that means more money. I would then recommend looking at a separate chain for your Planar 1 as the Muso is not really geared for the Rega. (See You Tube reviews). Best value for money for true budget cables currently are sold by QED. The RP1 fulfils that role. Buy the best you can afford. I was and still am a fan of the earlier P1 but I wanted to see how the new changes have been implemented in practical and in sound terms. What budget are you looking at? the RP1 has a built in phono stage. 2) If I were to replace the cartridge, do you have any recommendations for this tone arm? Great for digital convenience but not the best route for vinyl. Also, i suppose the big change will not be brought so much by the change in the amp but by moving from the Planar 1 to the Planar 3. The Kenwood might not be. Hopefully that will give you a fast track to a solution for your Rega. They make for A-grade reading. Do you want a quality vinyl source or are you looking more at a multi-option lifestyle system with the TV as the priority and the vinyl as nice addition which will be used only occasionally? Planar 1 This multi-award winning ‘Plug and Play’ design utilises our handmade RB110 tonearm, with pre-set bias and a factory fitted Carbon cartridge. So, I would say, because of your past form with vintage gear, get this rare mint deck and have a ball. The 3020s are very good too – so they would make a great purchase if you can find a cheap source – but, as a straight choice, the ‘i’ is the one to go for. So it is not repairable. In comparison to many other budgets turntables the P1 is sonically superior. https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004XKHGYQ/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ANNASRW22SIOH, https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B007RE2WAS/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_3?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ALYIPOUNEJ1HZ, Thanks again for replying to my earlier message, it’s really appreciated , No problem. Buying a P1 and I have an old Pioneer SX-980 (original owner). Recently i started looking for a vinyl record player to add to my system. I’m hesitant between the planar and the LENCO L-3808, since the latter it’s selling for 166 euros in amazon. For info, I used to pair up my Spica’s with tubes (Quicksilver preamp and KT88 monoblock amps) and the result was pretty good. Can your budget stretch? Thanks a lot. Sonos is a great system if networked music is required throughout the house and it will certainly provide all of the modern conveniences and services for you. Im leaning towards purchasing the Rega Planar 1 but dont know much about setups… I already have Sonos speakers and built-in bluetooth speakers in the living room… I like minimal set up options… any suggestions on how to proceed? Thank you so much for your lovely reply, and for answering so quickly! Or for the money, do you prefer powered speakers and a standalone preamp? I have mine spanning 3m but that’s because that’s the length I need in my room. But I take your point of really deciding if it’s worth at this point to invest in an amp such as the Elicit with the system I have. As the days go by, it opens up more and more and the level of detail is just amazing. Could I get a separate bluetooth receiver that plugs into the amp? That said, if you then add a phono amp, etc, to that chassis, then the benefits start to reduce again. Firstly, it reduces set-up time but also frustration. I appreciate from pouring over the comments above that a good setup for a relative newcomer is: Rega Planar 1 Turntable £249 That is, adding a convenient switch will not enhance sound quality. I am a fan of Russ Andrews and he takes a lot of time of persuading us to upgrade power connectors – again would this be of benefit on my ‘cheap system and then how would you go about it as there is just the small DC connector on the REGA ? Whether you're new to analog or getting back in the habit, Planar 1 reveals the kinds of information, warmth, detail, and involving presentation for which vinyl is adored – the very same emotion-triggering qualities cheap, and cheaply made, entry-level 'tables cannot deliver. The other contenders were an Audio Technica LP120 and a Project Debut Espirit SB Beatles Edition. It looks like WhatsApp is not installed on your phone. Connect the turntable’s cables to the Fono’s inputs then buy a RCA-to-3.5mm cable, connect the RCA plugs into the Fono’s output sockets and the 3.5mm plug into the laptop. Thanks for your help, Paul! Give yourself a bit more elbow room and extend the size to 1m, though: https://www.amazon.co.uk/QED-Performance-Graphite-Audio-Cable/dp/B00KXZR3D4/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1521025821&sr=1-4-fkmr0&keywords=QED+Performance+Graphite+Stereo+Interconnect, Thanks so much Paul! Go for the ‘3’, Andre – the 1 is superb but the 3 is ultimately better in sonic terms. I can help with the other components if you want to let me know your budget. . Many thanks Well, that missing thing was a needle (the cartridge... I’m a fairly savvy tech consumer but admittedly new to turntables. That said, the Planar 1 will be a definite improvement so it will be a positive start. Is the RPM3 (€699 / £623) on the same level as the Planar 3 or should I compare it with a Planar 2 (in NL available for €509 / £453). Speakers are Dynaudio 140s and a System Audio SubElectro 200 Sub. Any other thoughts for a 700€ budget? Ups, the Classic or the RPM 5.1 are a bit over my budget. They’ll be waiting, if you change you mind. If you like a challenge, Rega … Hi Andrea – at those prices, I’d go for the Carbon. I’m looking into making an upgrade from an LP60 with a samsung receiver to a decent turntable with an upgrade path. Cheers! Hi Joran – no matter what the rest of the chain is, the source should be the best bit in it. Hence, Rega is saying that spacers don’t really matter. Hi Paul! MR. Rigby, 6 months ago. Do you have a DVD/Blu-ray player? Neil. How much do you have to spend? (sorry for my english) .. and hello. Peter. I did see you reviewed the Rega Brio and i liked it i thought i was pushing budget a bit as upgraded to concepts\stands.. turntable, amp, speakers). No problem on the translation, Wojtek – thanks for your question. As said, I purchased a Planar 1 with which I’m pretty satisfied (your review contributed a lot I must say), in particular if I compare it with my previous Pro Ject Elemental. I have been reading about the Rega Fono Mini A2D and was wondering if it would make any difference to my sound quality if I introduced this between the P1 and the Denon amplifier? Right, before you run off and spend your cash, you need to stop and think. I have been recommended the Rega Brio but I don’t know to what extent replacing the amp is really indispensable. Alternatively, for a cheaper solution, could the jack from the speakers plug into a headphone output socket on a headphone preamp such as the Behringer HA400? Thanks for your advice, I have a basic set up, but it works well for me, Onkyo A9030 amp with built in phono stage and monitor studio bronze 2 speakers. 2) Can you rec a pair of speakers in the $300-400US range? Tried a bunch of fresh records today, And they all sounded extremely satisfying with good bass mids and treble extensions. If you have a Sonos and a Denon AVR-2400H then I see your TV and multi-room needs covered for now. Thanks a lot, Paul. If you upgrade later, buy a separate amplifier and passive (i.e. Please correct me if i am wrong. Again, if cash is short, the Cambridge is a cracking amp and works well. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Any advice on improvements/upgrades on that front? Due to its great quality build and sound, as well as it’s sub $500 price, the Planar 1 … I suppose new speaker cables (QED?) with a budget around £300-£500, what do you think my best option in this scenario ? Dear Paul, I’m trying to find a floating shelf to put a Rega Planar 1 turntable (yet to purchase). Buy the best speaker cables from QED that you can afford, basically. The Onkyo has a nice amp stage but it produces more veiling noise because of the host of extra, included features. It’s more an archive for some video tests I did to accompany several reviews. Thanks for your kind words, Barry and welcome to the site. Also I’m not sure what cables I would need so if you could recommend that would a big help too, since I am a bit clueless! Hi Paul, Please try your search again later. I fully understand that a Rega Planar 1 isnt good enough for my system. The Cambridge Audio AM10 Amp is no longer available for sale through Amazon Australia. Ken, Hi Paul, Happy to stretch the budget even further if necessary. Hi Sean – many thanks for your question. Or even, a non Rega turntable? Hi Stephen – can you click on the link kindly supplied by Paul above, check out the specs and let me know if that info helps you? Thanks again for your precious reviews (also on vinyl engine ;)) and your advices, Thanks…Im a novice! Hi Carl – you could be there forever, constantly looking up to the next model above, always yearning for the next turntable that’s just out of reach. Or in the end do you think it is preferable to take a Planar 1 and keep the stock Carbon? My doubt is the following: is it worth spending now on a phono preamp like the Rega to take full advantage of the Planar 3’s possibilities and later on buying an amp like the Brio (which I have read has a phono input of lower quality than my current C. Audio 551 p phono preamp) to replace my Azur 640 C? The result was surpisingly underwhelming. Hi Benoit – I need to know more about this order of yours before can advise. Because of that, I’d go for the Debut Carbon. Again, thank you for your recommendations, I really appreciate it! Bizarre, eh? I do still prefer the look of the Denon. Also tell me where everything is in terms of shelving, positioning, what’s placed next to what, that kinda thing. I’ve cycled through many different turntables over the last couple decades, the majority of them from the 70’s/80’s including some nice rigs from Pioneer, Dual, Technics, and Thorens. Because the Hegel has no phono input i need a phono preamp. If it’s a ‘3’, then get that. Apologies for a dumb final question but I have no experience of powered speakers personally, will the final output signal be strong enough? I must add that, in sonic terms, I haven’t compared the E3 with the 2100, I’m afraid. OK, move the turntable away from ALL of those things, Rosie. In terms of cables? I can help you with recommended products if you want to go in this direction. Paul, Any thoughts on these two to pair with the Planar 1? I’d be looking for a deck valued around the £600 mark or even higher. The weight is at the correct point and you can move on. I have a Cambridge Audio TOPAZ AM1 Cerwin Vega bookshelf speakers. Finishing my chin scratching, I decided that Rega is correct to relegate speed changes to belt moving. Great turntable ruined by cable decision of Rega. Again, when you can? Am I misunderstanding the purpose (or perhaps the quality) of bluetooth receivers like this one? Kind regards. Many thanks for answering so promptly … and that’s a very good question. I would NOT recommend that you open up the Rega. help me with your experience please. That would be the safest and best option in terms of sound. Now i only listen with streaming (Spotify) to music and i have two Boston Acoustics A 250 speakers and a Pioneer AV-Reciever VSX-824. , Cheers, Paul. Hi Paul, I’m also hoping to connect this stereo set-up to my TV in my living room around 590sqft (or 55sqm). The parade of enhancements start with the brand-new RB110 tonearm , built with patent-pending, ultra-low-friction, bespoke zero-play bearings . I come to you once more for “hi fi wisdom”. Decided I needed to get back into the vinyl of my youth and your review convinced me to buy the Planar 1 instead of another turntable I was considering. An external phono amp (Rega Fono Mini or Schitt Mani)? Just slide the balance weight onto the tonearm, remove the stylus … Can you stretch to £598 for the amp? I went for the Planar 2 and the Topaz. Do you think the quality of the sound of a turntable as the Rega Planar (in combination with the Rega Fono Mini A2D) will reduce a lot cause of this reciever? I’m looking at purchasing the Rega Planar 1, but overwhelmed with what amp and speakers to choose. Every single aspect … Hi Thanks a lot for the quick reply, Paul. For the budget, it might be best to combine the amp and speakers to powered speakers. the B&W 606 speakers would only actually be costing £300 so only £50 more than the 3020i? Hi Paul! In this case, looking at the info I can glean, I would venture to say ‘Yes’. thamks for your answer Paul. I find the Spicas to be quite good (in fact, they gained a reputation for great sound staging and imaging). In summary, I’m pretty much settled on the Planar 3 and Concept 20 speakers. Very happy with it! Thank you for the advice. One issue I have been having is that the stock felt mat frequently comes off with my records, getting pulled off with static. An automatic speed changer will eat up a chunk of the build budget meaning that sound quality will suffer. It’s more of a lifestyle thing. Sound quality is without a doubt the thing over looks regards the turntable. Make a mental note of those and decide if you like the system ‘as is’ or if you are still not happy. I have a new question (sorry) – the Carbon cartridge – is it comical or elliptical? Many thanks for the advice, Paul. So sadly I had to pass, but hey, there was still the P1 waiting for me, right? Why I write this long letter because I would like to upgrade my player. Hello! Both would be ideal. Keep asking. In terms of a tuner? Hi Tom – it’s down to the build budget and – at least in the UK – trying to get the price under £250. The bronzes just pinched it for me. Looking at speakers such as B&W 606 if you think this would be a good choice with either of the two amps mentioned above? Tone arm seems decent and well calibrated and the belt driven platter has no hum that i can see. Thank you for everything. Grateful for any advice you can, provide. If not can you recommend an upgrade option at around £200. It does everything that a budget turntable can do and should do in terms of its consideration towards the customer but also its respect for the ears of the same in its search for top quality sound for the asking price. Removing the manual from the packaging is a genius idea. Because you will be using one of these: http://internationalconfig.com/power-cords-for-belgium-ac-power-cords.asp, I’m just scratching my head a touch why you might need an adaptor if a local dealer is selling it to you and, if Rega UK is selling it direct, why they are not automatically sorting it for you from their end? Ideally I’d like to go for a setup that is good today, has room to grow in a year or two with further investment into new components or replacement components, and can be used to play music from my phone / laptop (Apple Music) since my record collection will take some time to grow. 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