Pro-Ject Tube Box S2, Speakers Audioengine A5 Plus So the Ortofon 2M Blue stands out as the best fit for Rega Planar 1 when we are looking for a good balance between cost and performance. It has all of the advantages of the Planar 1 – a low noise 24v motor – precision hub bearing assembly; hand-made RB110 tonearm with a factory fitted Rega … The VM540ML is simply an awesome cartridge that will have a significant positive impact on the sound of your Rega Planar 1. Rega Planar 2 The new Planar 1 is the most user friendly Rega turntable to date. For some reason, I overlooked this cartridge when I upgraded my turntables. You are free to manage these via your browser settings at any time. Vinyl Restart is reader supported. It will also be at the perfect height for when you are changing your records. If Rega has a cartridge that offers great performance, then I would choose that one. The Planar 1 Plus benefits from all of the advantages of its sibling, the Planar 1, such as a low noise 24v motor, precision hub bearing assembly and hand made RB110 tonearm with a factory fitted Rega Carbon cartridge. One solution is to attach a turntable bracket to the wall. The Rega Planar 1 comes standard with a Rega Carbon cartridge. Placing the Planar 1 Plus next to the Planar 1 results in a quick game of spot-the-difference. Which is what this article is all about. Simply slide the balance weight onto the rear of the tonearm as far as it will go, remove … It seems to be the go-to cartridge upgrade for a big part of the vinyl community. The Rega Bias 2 has the same height and the same 3-point mount system as the Rega Carbon and will be very easy to fit on the Rega Planar 1. Fitting an entry-level cartridge as standard does, however, lower the total price of the turntables. and added a… It is probably the lowest priced cartridge on this list of seven great cartridges. I am the founder and writer of Vinyl Restart. VTA is a controversial topic. It is known to be a cartridge with a lot of grunt that is great for rock music. Fitting a cartridge from Regas own cartridge line, such as a Rega Bias 2, will not alter the VTA. The Ortofon 2M Blue is a very popular cartridge that has lots of fans in the vinyl community. The VM530EN replaces the discontinued AT120E. I would use the same selection process if I were looking for a cartridge upgrade for the Rega Planar 1 as well. The new built in phono stage offers the ability to connect the Planar 1 Plus directly to almost any system that has a standard line input via a standard phono to phono cable (supplied) or phono to 3.5mm lead. Forty-two years old, music lover, electronics engineer and home audio geek since my early teens. It is a great cartridge, but somehow left a little bit in the shadows by its bigger brother, the VM540ML we reviewed earlier. The Rega Planar 1 PLUS is a brand new plug-and-play turntable that benefits from all of the Planar 1’s advantages and adds a brand new built-in phono stage. Forums. The Rega Planar 1 Plus turntable also comes with a Perspex lid. And you will experience a significant increase in overall sound quality. Join the FREE newsletter and get amazing vinyl tips and fantastic offers delivered to your inbox. The sound became more detailed, more … Worry free installation was one of my selection criteria when choosing a cartridge upgrade for my Planar 2. Then they often email me again a bit later and say: Wow, break-in time is real. He does more than that, though. At £329 for a Plus, though, that shouldn’t be a surprise. It seems that Rega’s point of view is that a slightly altered VTA will not impact the quality of the sound in most cases. Aug 18, 2020 #1 Just received a brand new RP1 Plus today. One spacer will lift the tonearm 2mm. The Planar 1 Plus uses the exact same platter, bearing, RB110 tonearm, Carbon MM cartridge, 24v synchronous AC motor and acrylic plinth as the original model. The Audio-Technica VM540ML replaces the discontinued and very popular AT440MLa/b. In terms of the equipment that it is likely to be used with, this makes sense and it does a better job than most of keeping the poorly pressed Meds by Placebo listenable, and it is able to handle well-worn records pretty well too. Which makes it easier to get the alignment correct if you select a cartridge from Rega’s lineup as your upgrade cartridge. Just need to save up. Rega Planar 1 design - new and improved It would take longer to list all the upgrades applied to this Planar 1 than it does to get it up and running, such is the breadth of tweaks Rega has applied here, and the simple set-up process that remains. There is probably a reason why Rega put the Elys 2 on their extremely popular audiophile rated Rega Planar 3 turntable. I seriously considered the Rega Elys 2 when I was picking a cartridge for my Rega Planar 2. I’m not a huge fan of Pro-Ject phono stages and find them to be overpriced in general. It now sounds great. So the spacer might not be necessary. This a simple and cost-effective solution. When I upgraded from the Rega Carbon cartridge to a Rega Exact cartridge on my Rega Planar 2, it absolutely transformed the turntable. I created this site to share my vinyl journey with you. You won’t go wrong with any of them. Many readers have told me that it is overkill for my Planar 2 as well. Rega Wall Plug 350mA Replacement Power Supply. The phono preamp is designed to work great with the Rega Carbon cartridge supplied with the Planar 1. More openness. Aug 13, 2020 13 1 25. Audio. Set-up remains possible in under 30 seconds making this the easiest to use, and most flexible Rega turntable to date. Rega Fono Mini A2D So, we’ll focus at cartridges that are less expensive than the Rega Exact in this article. With the lid closed, it measures 447mm wide, 360mm deep and 117mm tall, and it weighs 4.35 kilograms. And will not require spacers. A new cartridge will need about 30 hours of vinyl spinning before it starts to sound its best. But I wanted the very best and chose the top-the-line Rega Exact in the end. But if you want to swing for the fences, this cartridge will take your Rega Planar 1 to very high levels. But they are available for those that are geeky about VTA. And Rega probably knows that their most dedicated customers will upgrade their turntables with their favorite cartridges anyway. Also, it has the benefit of showing off your turntable. The Rega Planar 1 can become an even better sounding turntable with a simple cartridge upgrade. The Rega Elys 2 sits between the Rega Bias 2 and the top-of-the-line Rega Exact. Designed for Planar 1, Planar 2, Planar 3 and Planar 6 and many older Rega models; Simple screw fit adaptors are available to fit the older, RP8 and RP10 turntables; Available in two colours: black and white; 1.2kg lighter and more rigid than the previous model The Rega Planar 1 has been out and about for a little while and so Paul Rigby has been able to have a good long look at the thing before giving it a thorough review. Home  >  Accessories  >  Manufacturer Upgrades, Parts & Accessories  >  Rega Upgrades, Parts & Accessories, We can supply all available Rega parts and accessories, even those that are not listed on our website. Below are 7 great cartridges to consider if you want to take your Rega Planar 1 to the next level. The VM530EN is a great cartridge upgrade for the Rega Planar 1 for a quite reasonable price. Thread starter Frosty125; Start date Aug 18, 2020; Sidebar Sidebar. Probably overkill, but still. Set-up remains possible in under 30 seconds making this the easiest to use, and most flexible Rega turntable to date. Set-up remains possible in “under 30 seconds making this the easiest to use, and most flexible Rega … And that they have experienced great results from upgrading from the Rega Carbon to the Rega Bias 2. I agree with Ron's comments above that the Planar 2 is currently the best value for money. He asks if potential buyers should bother buying one at all or hunt around for a second hand P1? It is because it is good! And can be a very good cartridge if your system have a lot of warmth but lack a bit of details and openness. Performance beyond price. For a pristine play of your vinyl, Rega's Planar 1 Plus turntable offers serious performance. That said, all the cartridges on reviewed above are truly great cartridges that comes up over and over again when I research great phono cartridges for turntables. Audio-Technica AT-LP60XBT, Preamps The Rega Planar 1 can become an even better sounding turntable with a simple cartridge upgrade. Whereas the Rega Exact has a more normal output level for MM cartridges at 7.0mV. The current version of the Rega Planar 2 was launched in 2016 and sits between the affordable Rega Planar 1 and the audiophile approved Rega Planar 3. Which is good for vinyl spinners. The lid closes with a record on the platter. When readers email me comments on my Best Cartridge Upgrade for Rega Planar 2 article, more often than not they criticize me for not including the Rega Bias 2 in that discussion. It is often reported to sound as good (or better) than high-end MC cartridges that cost many times more. The DL-103R is probably the next cartridge I will buy. Set-up remains possible in under 30 seconds making this the easiest to use, and most flexible Rega turntable to date. Yamaha CD-S2000, Rega Planar 2 modded, Tisbury Audio Domino phono stage, Airport Express, Khozmo Passive Preamp, AstinTrew AT5000, Dynaudio Audience 42, Wharfedale Sub. That means that the horizontal angel of the tonearm (VTA) will be slightly off if you fit a cartridge that has significantly different height than the standard Rega Carbon. Two spacers will life the tonearm 4mm. Rega Planar 2, Planar 3, P1, RP1, P2, P3, P25 Motor Pulley (50Hz) £6.99 Rega "A Vibration Measuring Machine" Book £39.50 Rega Extra Heavy Counterweight - Tungsten £125.00 Turntables Including Turntable Power Supply Upgrades, Motor Upgrade Kits, Arm Spacers, Drive Belts and Turntable Mats, Please contact us if you require anything that is not listed, Rega Turntable Replacement Dustcover Hinge Set£10.00, Rega Neo Turntable PSU Power Supply£236.00, Rega 24v High Performance Motor Upgrade Kit£135.00, Rega 3 Point Metal Spacer 2mm (For RB301, RB700, RB900 etc)From:  £13.00, Rega P1/P2/P3/P5/ P6/P7/P8 Felt Platter Mat (Black)£12.00, Rega Stylus Guard Protector (Original Rega Part)£5.99, Rega Turntable Felt Platter Mat (Different colours available)From:  £12.00, Rega Wall Plug 350mA Replacement Power Supply.£19.99, Rega Clear Turntable Dustcover (Fits all Rega Turntables Old & New)£46.99, Rega P3- 24, RP3, P5, P7 & P9 Motor Pulley (50Hz)£11.99, Rega Planar 2, Planar 3, P1, RP1, P2, P3, P25 Motor Pulley (50Hz)£6.99, Rega "A Vibration Measuring Machine" Book£39.50, Rega Extra Heavy Counterweight - Tungsten£125.00, Rega Planar 3 Replacement 12mm Glass Turntable Platter£99.99, Rega RB300 / RB303/ RB301/ RB808 Tungsten Counterweight£73.99, Rega RP3 / RP6 Complete Packaging Set£27.00, We use cookies on this website. Set-up remains possible in under 30 seconds making this the easiest to use, and most flexible Rega turntable to date. Edifier R1280DB. The Rega Planar 1 Plus benefits from all of the advantages of its sibling, the Planar 1, such as a low noise 24v motor, precision hub bearing assembly and hand made RB110 tonearm with a factory fitted Rega Carbon cartridge. The DL-103R is an upgrade of the legendary DL-103 and is considered significantly better than its predecessor. 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Would like the replacement to be an upgrade, but (1) don't want to spend too much for a relatively cheap table and (2) don't want to mess with spacers/tonearm mods to get the new cart to fit. This cartridge will require a MC phono preamp, and will not work with a regular MM phono cartridge. Since it has the same height, it will not require spacers to get the VTA spot on. More punch. If you want to swing for the fences, and spend a lot more money, I would choose the Denon DL-103R. The Rega Elys 2 is often considered as a smooth and pleasant sounding phono cartridge. This is for the Rega Planar 1 (2016) model. Every single aspect of the Planar 1 has been meticulously designed to improve performance. The sound became more detailed, more precise, more open, and more dramatic. It is the cartridge that comes standard fitted with both the Rega Planar 1 and Rega Planar 2. It is a good cartridge, but it is not great. Audio-Technica AT-LP120 USB Rega Clear Turntable Dustcover (Fits all Rega Turntables Old & New), Rega P3- 24, RP3, P5, P7 & P9 Motor Pulley (50Hz), Rega Planar 2, Planar 3, P1, RP1, P2, P3, P25 Motor Pulley (50Hz), Rega "A Vibration Measuring Machine" Book, Rega Extra Heavy Counterweight - Tungsten, Rega Planar 3 Replacement 12mm Glass Turntable Platter, Rega RB300 / RB303/ RB301/ RB808 Tungsten Counterweight. The Planar 1 is also fitted with Rega's new RB110 tonearm containing their unique Zero Play Bearings. A world where cartridges often costs thousands of dollar. Highly recommended. I replaced the standard fitted AT95E on my AT-LP120 turntable with a VM540ML and it made a huge difference. Break-in time is real. Rega claims that the new Planar 1 is the most user-friendly turntable they've made thus far. If you want a guaranteed worry free cartridge installation on your Rega Planar 1, it might be wise to give extra points to the Rega Bias 2 or the Rega Elys 2 when choosing your cartridge. Many readers, that have acted upon my cartridge recommendations on this site, have emailed me and said that their cartridge upgrade didn’t give the expected results. The comment is often that the Rega Bias 2 is a big step up from the Rega Carbon. Hi-Fi. The only parts passing from Rega's previous model, the RP1 is the Drive Belt, Sub Platter & Dust Cover. And it might very well be the pick in Rega’s turntable range that gives the most bang for the buck. Re: MM cartridge upgrade for Rega Planar 2 Post by soupladel » 19 Feb 2020 11:54 Yeah static is a bit of issue right enough, i am relatively new to the Vinyl game but a recent purchase of Black Sabbath Paranoid seems to be particularly awash with static! 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