Rega Planar 6 Turntable Consolidated Reviews and Info

The Rega Planar 6 turntable stands as a remarkable addition to Rega’s esteemed lineup of unsuspended, belt-drive turntables. Launched in August 2017, this model has undergone meticulous crafting and evolutionary enhancements, succeeding its predecessor, the RP6, to deliver a refined and mature performance, highly cherished by audiophiles and vinyl aficionados alike. The Planar 6 exemplifies Rega’s signature design philosophy. Let’s delve into the key features and design brilliance of the Rega Planar 6.

In case you don’t want to read the litany of Planar 6 juicy details and/or you’re clearly not a fan of foreplay, skip straight to the reviews.

Main Features and Construction

The heart of the Planar 6 lies in its innovative plinth construction. A single section constructed from a Tancast 8 polyurethane foam core, sandwiched between high-pressure laminate (HPL), forms the plinth. Although Tancast 8 is not a new material, it presents challenges for turntable application, which the Rega engineers have masterfully overcome.

The use of Tancast 8 results in a lightweight yet rigid plinth, optimizing control over mass distribution – a fundamental principle in Rega’s design philosophy. Rega’s engineers have long believed that excessive mass can compromise sound quality, and the Planar 6 exemplifies their unwavering commitment to achieving a delicate balance between lightness and stability, contributing to the turntable’s exceptional performance.

Inside the plinth, a 24-volt motor drives the metal subplatter, which, unlike its predecessor, is now crafted from metal instead of plastic. This improved design contributes to reduced friction and smooth rotation of the glass platter, aided by a patent-pending bearing assembly, minimizing flutter for highly accurate playback.

The Planar 6 proudly features Rega’s acclaimed RB330 tonearm, an evolution of the original RB300, retaining the core design while introducing a custom stainless-steel weight. The RB330 also boasts three mounting points, ensuring that any Rega cartridge mounted on it is automatically correctly aligned, allowing for hassle-free setup.

Rega Planar 6 Turntable Top view

Neo PSU Power Supply

Incorporating the Neo PSU power supply (specifically the Neo MKII shipping now in 2023), the Planar 6 benefits from the advancements made in the flagship RP10 model. The Neo PSU utilizes a crystal-controlled oscillator, generating a precisely stepped sine wave, delivering a vibration-free power supply to the motor. Each power supply is meticulously matched to a specific motor, optimizing performance and providing immunity to voltage fluctuations, contributing to the turntable’s exceptional speed stability during playback.

Neo Power Supply with Rega Planar 6

Design Aesthetics

The Planar 6 exudes Rega’s distinctive design philosophy from the moment it catches your eye. The turntable’s proportions, arm, and overall design have undergone gentle evolution over time while retaining the essence of Rega’s achievements from the early 1980s. The Planar 6 boasts an understated Polaris Grey finish (as well as a beautiful matt white finish available as of April 2023), complemented by a layer of smoked glass in the platter, creating a subtle yet elegant retro touch.

Despite its lightweight construction, the Planar 6 showcases impeccable build quality, conveying a sense of solidity and engineering precision. Rega’s meticulous attention to detail is evident in every aspect of the Planar 6’s design, reinforcing its position as a standout turntable in its class.

Rega Planar 6 Polaris Grey Diagonal View

Key Planar 6 Features Short List from Rega

  • RB330 tonearm with stainless balance weight
  • Exact (MM), Ania (MC) or Ania Pro (MC) cartridge factory fitted (optional)
  • Dual-layer float glass platter
  • Double brace technology
  • Tancast 8 foamcore plinth
  • Custom matched Neo MK2 PSU
  • EBLT Reference drive belt fitted as standard
  • Available in two matt finishes, Polaris grey and white (new for 2023)
  • Lifetime warranty against manufacture defects

Consolidated Rega Planar 6 Turntable Reviews

Taking into account multiple reviews, the Rega Planar 6 consistently receives accolades for its superb timing, agility, and dynamism, making it a crowd-pleaser for audiophiles seeking a refined and mature sound. The turntable’s subtlety, precision, and articulate presentation shine, impressing listeners with its ability to effortlessly convey the intricacies of music.

Below are the consolidation of a plethora of reviews since the Rega Planar 6 has been sold for quite some time.  Due to the sheer volume of reviews, we’ve split this into 4 parts:

Rega Planar 6 Independent Video Reviews

Rega Planar 6 Video Comparisons

Rega Planar 6 Dealer Reviews

Rega Planar 6 Written Reviews

Cartridge Options and Pricing

The Planar 6 is offered with various cartridge options to cater to different audiophile preferences. It can be purchased as a standalone turntable without a cartridge, giving users the freedom to pair it with their preferred cartridge. Alternatively, it can be purchased with the following cartridge options with cartridge specs:

Rega Planar 6 with Ania Pro MC cartridge

Where and How to Purchase

Specifications

  • 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
  • Planar 6 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: ?5.2 kg

In the End

The Rega Planar 6 turntable is an impressive offering from one of the leading British audio companies. Its innovative construction, low-noise floor, and outstanding performance make it an audiophile’s delight. Whether you choose to pair it with a premium moving coil cartridge or an exquisite moving magnet cartridge, the Rega Planar 6 is an investment that will surely enhance your listening pleasure.

Note: Prices and cartridge options mentioned in the article are based on information available as of July 2023 and may vary. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to official sources.

Is this Turntable for you?

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