If you pair the Planar 6 with Rega's new Aria cartridge, you'll approach the performance of turntables costing twice as much and more. This is one heck of a great sounding turntable.
Full of Tech, Yet Classic
The Planar 6 uses all kinds of the latest high tech materials to give it great performance, yet on the outside, it looks a lot like the classic Rega tables from the early 70s...what a great combo!
Built To Last
Rega tables last decades and the Planar 6 exemplifies this with its super high build quality. Your grandkids should be able to use it when they have grandkids!
Design & Build Quality
The design philosophy that Rega adheres to for all of their turntables focuses on three primary objectives.
Spin the platter at the most consistent speed possible
Minimize vibrations by using a light and stiff system that dumps resonance out through the turntables feet
Utilize a tonearm and cartridge combination that tracks your records perfectly.
With the Rega Planar 6, the team at Rega combines technology they’ve used in some of their more expensive tables with a few new tricks, to set a new standard.
Every Rega Turntable is a pure manual design, and the Planar 6 is no different. This means you will need to start it up with a button press, lower the tonearm onto the record yourself, and at the end of the record, pick up the tonearm. The majority (actually probably 99.9%) of the high-performance turntables in the world today utilize a manual design.
If you make turntables designed to last 40 years or more, they have to be built extremely well. The new Planar 6 is no exception. From the minute you pull it out of the box, you can tell it is a fine piece of machinery.
While the plinth on the new Planar 1, 2, and 3 turntables have glossy finishes, the Planar 6 opts instead for a Polaris Grey matte finish with a high-gloss black polymer edge trim. The finish is just beautiful! When you pull the turntable out of the box and you have just the plinth in your hand, you will notice that although it hardly weighs anything, it feels extremely rigid. It is truly a great combination of technology and design!
Features & Technology
The Rega Planar 3 has been one of our best-selling turntables since it’s release. Now that the Planar 6 has been released, some folks may be interested in the differences between the two tables. For those of you who have narrowed your options down the Rega Planar 3 and Rega Planar 6, check out our comparison write-up.
The Planar 6 is loaded with high tech components designed to improve your vinyl playback experience. We’ll start at the bottom and go up from there in order to touch on all the great features found in the Planar 6.
Rega, as always, paid a lot of attention to their turntable feet and came up with an improved design for the Planar 6. The feet are made of a new, ultra-lightweight rubber material called Santoprene. They are hollow cones with aluminum reinforcement trim rings. The feet are a crucial component of the table as they are designed to filter out any external energy through them.
The feet are attached to the new plinth, constructed from a new, ultra-lightweight Tancast 8 polyurethane foam core that is sandwiched between two layers of ultra-thin high-pressure laminate. Tancast 8 was developed for the aerospace industry and it turns out is a great material for the type of design Rega deploys in their tables.
According to the engineers from Rega that we spoke with, this new plinth is a true breakthrough in material technology and offers big performance improvements over their previous designs.
The main bearing is Rega’s classic brass bearing, but with the Planar 6 they step up to a single-piece machined aluminum hub. The hub is the small round part that goes down into the bearing. The larger outer platter sits on top of the hub. The outer platter only touches the hub in a few spots along its outer edge where there are tiny raised pieces on the top of the hub.
The Planar 6 has a dual layer float glass platter. It has more glass around about the middle 50% and out for a better flywheel effect to keep speed consistent. As you might suspect, float glass is super flat, which also helps keep things spinning at a perfect pitch.
To drive the hub, Rega includes their new white Reference belt with the Planar 6. This is machined to a higher tolerance than their standard belt. They also developed a new custom spindle for the motor side of the belt that is tapered to reduce friction.
The motor itself is a low-noise 24-volt design. Each motor is individually tuned to the external Neo power supply that comes with the Planar 6. The Neo PSU uses a DSP-based sinewave generator and a high-precision crystal clock oscillator to generate a super-consistent speed. The speed can be fine-tuned with a little screw on the back side of the Neo PSU. The AC power cable attaches to the Neo PSU and it connects to the Planar 6 with a custom cable. Having an external motor power supply is a great way to reduce any noise from a power supply that your phono cartridge might otherwise pick up. This is not unique to Rega as many high-performance turntables use this method.
Like Rega’s other high-performance tables, the Planar 6 has an aluminum brace that locks the tonearm base to the main bearing. The tonearm used on the Planar 6 is their relatively new RB330 which was introduced with the new Planar 3. The RB330 is an engineering feat in and of itself with its zero tolerance bearings. We loved it on the Planar 3 and think it is a great match for the Planar 6 as well.
As we mentioned earlier, the Planar 6 is available without a cartridge or you can purchase one of the packages that include either the Exact or Ania. The tonearm cables are non-detachable but are very high-quality with great materials and solid connections.
Finally, the Rega Planar 6 includes a dust cover that appears to have a slight grey tin, rather than the clear covers that come with the Rega Planar 1, 2, and 3.
Tonearm: Hand-assembled precision RB330 tonearm
Motor: 24 V low noise motor
Platter: Dual-layer smoked / clear glass platter
Connectivity: RCA / Phono
Power: Mini-DIN for connection to supplied Neo PSU
Turntable Dimensions (lid closed) (W x H x D)
447 x 120 x 360 mm
Neo PSU Dimensions (W x H x D)
180 x 50 x 155 mm
Weight: 11 lbs
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Planar 6 Turntable Gloss Black