The Rega Planar 3 50th Anniversary Edition: A Tribute to Rega’s History

In 1973, Roy Gandy and Tony Relph founded Rega Research Ltd. Their first turntable, "The Planet," featured an innovative design with three circular supports revolving around a central "planet" and laid the foundation for the company's success 50 years ago, even though the initial launch was a bit rocky and "The Planet" had to be redesigned. The anniversary model, the Rega Planar 3 50th Anniversary Edition, now proudly carries the knowledge acquired over half a century.

From the original version to today’s Planar 3, there are still many technical commonalities. However, over the years, the Planar has been continuously improved, always with a focus on achieving audio perfection. In the anniversary version of the Planar 3, you could say it represents the ultimate achievement. Key features from other models are implemented at crucial points.

One feature in the 50th-anniversary model is the external motor control unit, Neo PSU Mk2, which supplies power to the Planar 3’s 24-volt motor. It renders the device immune to fluctuations in the power supply frequency, resulting in an extremely stable power delivery. This, in turn, ensures a consistent turntable speed and precision, directly impacting sound quality. Rega recommends positioning the power supply unit as far from the turntable as possible to minimize any electrical interference.

Rega Planar 3 50th Anniversary Edition

Rega Planar 3 50th Anniversary Edition

The 12mm thick float glass platter, with a polished edge and extremely tight tolerances, contributes to the stability and precision of the turntable. The EBLT reference drive belt and the special aluminum drive pulley, borrowed from the Planar 6, ensure perfect synchronization and optimal performance.

The Reference EBLT belt also plays a crucial role in the audiophile quality of the Planar 3. This belt has been meticulously crafted to minimize friction and maximize stability. As a result, it reduces the transmission of vibrations to the tonearm and cartridge system, enabling a clearer and more detailed sound.

Rega Planar 3 50th Anniversary Edition

Rega’s RB330 tonearm is another standout feature. It features a low-mass aluminum tonearm tube and a redesigned vertical bearing housing. It represents the result of years of development work, offering precise and high-quality construction. This tonearm enables precise tracking of the record grooves and minimizes distortions, elevating the sound quality to an impressive level. When paired with the handcrafted Rega Exact cartridge, it truly delivers an audiophile experience.

Rega Planar 3 50th Anniversary Edition

The use of walnut laminate imparts a timeless elegance and a warm, natural aesthetic to the turntable, seamlessly complementing various interior styles.

Overall, the 50th-anniversary model of the Planar 3 offers a combination of technical innovations that result in an impressive sound quality.

Come and experience the enchanting blend of audio and aesthetic charm for yourself. An audiophile experience awaits you!

1 reply on “The Rega Planar 3 50th Anniversary Edition: A Tribute to Rega’s History”

  1. John Horton on

    I own a 12 year old P3. It’s a terrific value. I’m almost hoping something happens to it so I can get one of these.


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