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Rega Planar 8
The Rega Planar 8 was engineered to retrieve as much information and detail from the vinyl surface as possible. Rega has used the most technologically advanced materials and engineering solutions built around a supremely lightweight plinth to ensure the greatest level of performance. The Planar 8 is supplied with the new RB880 tonearm and a Neo PSU comes as standard which will offer you an electronic speed change. Another neat feature of the Planar 8 is that too has an advanced anti-vibration control and user adjustable electronic fine speed adjustment to ensure complete control and accuracy over the motor. The outer frame from the older model, Rega RP8, has been removed and replaced with a new stylish, removable, single piece dustcover, overall reducing the overall mass of the turntable. The Rega Planar 8 will be available with the recommended Ania or Apheta 2 Moving Coil Cartridges (MC) these cartridges come at a rather pleasing discounted price. If this isn't your personal preference then the Planar 8 comes without any cartridges fitted.
New Ultra-Lightweight Plinth
The Planar 8 is Rega's second turntable to be constructed using their latest ultra-lightweight Tancast 8 polyurethane foam core (a material which has been developed for the aerospace industry). This material is then placed between two layers of high-pressure laminate, a perk of using HPL is that the material is very thin and extremely rigid. Due to the complete removal of the outer frame, the new Planar 8 skeletal plinth is 30% lighter than the original RP8, increasing the overall rigidity over the previous model.
The new RB880 Tonearm
For the new RB880, Rega has introduced an improved vertical bearing assembly which is constructed using an aluminium and stainless-steel, low mass assembly, giving the Planar 8 a vastly improved stability and rigidity. A thinner stainless steel balance weight is also used, allowing greater adjustability and compatibility. This tonearm also features Rega's advanced preloaded zero tolerance bearing assembly adjusted to less than 1000th of an mm, giving friction movement and zero levels of unwanted play.
Hub Bearing Assembly
The new Planar 8 uses a new low mass central bearing assembly - a single piece machined aluminium sub-platter and a hardened tool steel spindle run inside a custom-made brass housing which is cleverly mounted within the chassis of the turntable. The whole idea around this new bearing assembly is to completely eliminate unwanted potential energy being transferred or stored in the plinth
Triple Layer Glass Platter
The Planar 8 uses a three-piece laminated glass platter; this new platter is constructed from two different high quality Pilkington glasses. As a general rule, the only part of a turntable that requires extra mass is only the turntable platter in order to achieve constant rotational speed. This can lead to numerous problems for the main bearing design, but what Rega has done to compensate from this is made a super flywheel effect, but keeping the inside of the platter as light as possible without sacrificing stiffness.
24v Low noise motor assembly
The Planar 8 uses Rega's latest generation, 24v, synchronous, low vibration motor technology. Uniquely mounted using the highest level of coupling while retaining higher vibration isolation than any previous model. this new motor mounting technique (mounted from the bottom) has been taken directly from the ultimate Rega turntable, the Naiad. This unique mounting method removes all stress on the motor body. The reduced vibration and more rigid mounting deliver superior drive from the new EBLT drive belts. Each motor is hand-tuned to match its own custom Neo power supply before fitting to the turntable to optimise the anti-vibration circuit.
Dimensions: Turntable (with dustcover fitted) Width 420mm
Dimensions: Neo PSU Width 180mm
Providing your item is in stock, the order is usually dispatched within 24 hours. Postage and packing is completely free for orders over £100*. Out of stock items will be dispatched as soon as they become available, out of stock items can take between 4 to 21 days for dispatch.
Orders are sent via our couriers' DPD on a next-day-delivery service and usually, take between 1 and 3 days.
*We ship free of charge to mainland UK addresses, excluding the Scottish Highlands or 'Out-Of-Reach' Scottish locations. Please consult the post-codes below to see if your location falls within this category. If you are still unsure, please contact us on 01432 354921. We also ship to Northern Ireland, Channel Islands, Scilly Isles, Scottish Isles and Scottish Highlands, however, delivery to these locations will incur a charge and can only be sent via a 2-day service.
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