Higher frequency percussion and female vocals feel subdued and a distant and I don't feel drawn into the music in quite the same way which is a real shame. To prove I wasn't losing the plot I popped a Carbon which I believe is a tweaked Audio Technica AT onto the Planar 3 and whilst the Elys 2 is obviously the better cartridge, the Carbon had a real sparkle and lustre in the high frequencies really noticeable with the likes of Amy Winehouse that feels missing from the Elys 2.
What I'd really like is a cartridge that delivers the low and midrange authority and punch of the Elys 2 and its composure, but with the openness at the top end of the Carbon ideally at a similar price to the Elys 2 which I'll sell on.
I really like the idea of making incremental changes to note the difference against reference material. Please forgive my late comments.
I just joined this site. It required the Rega VTA spacer no doubt. The Quintets are tall. I have read on various forums to avoid LOMC's. My preamp is nothing special I am glad that I decided to ignore the negative advice. The Quintet is the best cartridge that I have ever owned by far. It was not the low output, but the height that required the most attention. I mentioned the VTA spacer. I had to get the GrooveTracer counterweight to clear the dustcover. Rather than trying to sell you what brands to buy, there are many which sound better than the Rega carts for the same cost.
Forget the model number. Also listened to some CD music I was familiar with rock; jazz; acoustic; folk; etc. I can assure you what I heard was nothing short of fantastic! The Focals, I'm sure, had a lot to do with that. Have you tried or are you considering the Rega Exact MM?
You might also want to consider the Ortofon Bronze. I've read the Ortofon's pair well with the Rega decks. I play on Ortofon bronze on my Planar 3 and it sounds very nice-- deep lush sound, very neutral, goes great with rock, jazz and blues.
Hi Guys, What would you recommend as a stylus for a Rega Planar 3? It is an old turntable, perhaps 30 years old, and so is the stylus. Do you also think changing the stylus would improve the slightly muffled sound?
Search form Search. Show Munich More Reports. Log in or register to post comments. April 26, - am. Last seen: 3 years 5 months ago.The new Planar 3 builds strongly on its award-winning predecessor delivering a class-leading combination of sound, build and ease of use.
The original was launched in the lates, and since then subsequent iterations have invariably remained the obvious choice in the class. Put the original next to this new one and most people would be hard pushed to find any differences beyond the smarter plinth and the updated tonearm. To date, the generational changes have always been about steady evolution, with the aim of improving performance. Just about every part has been revised to give a proper jump up in sound quality, and perhaps for the first time, the company has also tried to make it look slicker too.
It starts with the glossy plinth — available in black or white acrylic laminate — which is far smarter and better finished than before. The plinth is also more rigid thanks to a pair of phenolic braces on the top and bottom surfaces that strengthen the area between the tonearm and brass main bearing.
That main bearing is redesigned to improve fit and reduce stress, and there are also upgrades to the subplatter, platter, motor PCB and feet. The arm may look familiar, but here too Rega has rung the changes. These revisions aim to improve rigidity, control resonances and reduce friction — all good things for sound quality. The bias arrangement is clearer now, as are the markings on the spring-loaded dial that sets the tracking weight.
This new arm also has better quality output cables with classier plugs. Both aspects have attracted some criticism in the past. Despite the scale of the upgrade, the Planar 3 remains what it has always been: a simple, well-engineered deck that puts performance first.
All turntables, even those with elaborate suspension systems, benefit from such an environment. The cartridge works so well as part of the package that we would advise anyone to spend the extra. The Elys 2 mounts onto the RB with a three-bolt arrangement that ensures alignment is spot-on. Beyond finding a good support, setting tracking weight 1.
You still play 45s? MORE: Best record players To our ears it sounds considerably cleaner and clearer than its talented predecessor. Every instrumental strand is kept neatly in place and composure maintained regardless of the complexity of the music. Large-scale dynamic shifts are delivered with enthusiasm while shifts of a subtler variety are handled with finesse. Tonally, things are nicely balanced. The Rega ties together the individual strands in such a way that the music makes total sense.
The Rega channels the irresistible momentum of this track brilliantly, delivering the sound with plenty of attack. The gentle swing of the track is brilliantly rendered and there are equal doses of power, weight and articulation at the low end.
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For Cohesive, rhythm and dynamic presentation Plenty of insight Great fun to listen to Well made and nicely finish Easy to use.Vinyl Restart is reader supported.
When you buy through our links, we may earn a commission. I recently upgraded the cartridge on my Rega Planar 2.
And just as I had expected, it transformed the turntable into a much better sounding one. It becomes an even more enjoyable turntable with a high-end cartridge.
Denon DL 3. Grado Prestige Gold 3. Nagaoka MP 5. Ortofon 2M Blue 6. Ortofon 2M Bronze 7. Ortofon 2M Black 8. Rega Elys Mk2 9. Rega Exact Mk2. Spoiler alert! The current version of the Rega Planar 2 was launched in and sits between the affordable Rega Planar 1 and the audiophile approved Rega Planar 3. Its reception among Hi-Fi journalists and critics has been exceptionally good.
Just as for most Rega products. And, as I later discovered, it is absolutely possible to take the Planar 2 to yet another level of sonic performance with a cartridge upgrade. The Planar 2 comes standard with a Rega Carbon cartridge.
Rega Planar 3/Elys 2 review
And that cartridge might actually be the weakest part of the turntable. In my ears, the Rega Carbon has an even level of sonic performance throughout the frequency range. It is hard to point at one specific frequency range that is its weakest point. What I felt lacking a bit with the Rega Carbon, in general, was dynamic and precision throughout the frequency range.Discussion in ' Audio Hardware ' started by TwinsfanDec 25, Log in or Sign up.
Steve Hoffman Music Forums. Location: Phoenix, AZ. So I just got a Planar 2 for Christmas and want to upgrade the cartridge. I'm wondering what someone would suggest in that price range.
I listen to just about everything besides Country. I do however listen to a lot of rock and jazz. I'm also looking at a Ortofon 2M Blue but haven't heard that yet. Suggestions are welcome! TwinsfanDec 25, Location: Stockholm. Welcome to the forum! Please fill in your equipment profile. It is much easier for members to give recommendations when they know what equipment you are using. My question to you is if you have given any thought about what sound characteristics you enjoy? Perhaps it is a Warm, Natural or a Detailed sound you prefer?
Ric-TicDec 26, Location: Grand Junction, Colorado. Dynavector carts match up pretty well with Rega TTs. WasatchDec 26, TwinsfanDec 26, Location: Utah. SeafinchDec 26, Location: Parts Unknown. I have a Rega Bias 2 on my RP1 and like it a lot. It's well within your price range and should be pretty easy to set up on your Planar 2. I have heard nothing but good things about the Ortofon 2M Blue, and that would probably be an upgrade over the Bias 2, as it should be considering that is costs more than the Bias 2, but is still in your price range.
Location: Toronto. Doesn't he need shims to use a 2M? The cart is much taller than the Rega carts, thus introducing VTF issues into this chaps lifePros: Extremely engaging with great timing and plenty of detail, superb build quality. Verdict: The best turntables at this price can sound more refined but none can match the power to engage on a physical and emotional level. Rega has been on a major revision tip of late, all three of its most affordable turntables have been given a serious going over to improve both looks and sound.
The Planar 2 has done more than that, it has come back to the life. Back in the day there were only two Regas, the Planar 2 and 3, but a few years back sales for the more affordable model dropped off so it took the fall. They share the same shiny black or white plinth but the brace between arm and bearing is omitted on the 2, as is the ability to upgrade the power supply via a socket on the back.
All you have to do is remove the stylus guard, preferably without pulling the removable stylus off at the same time like me, balance the arm and turn the weight inwards by a single turn and you have the desired 2g downforce. The rest of the turntable consists of a belt drive motor with pulleys for Sound quality The Planar 2 is a great sounding record player, or to put it another way, the vinyl you spin on it sounds great.
It has that classic Rega trait of being able to get out of the way and give you the vibe, the intention and the heart of the music. So acoustic instruments and voices sound natural while guitars and drums have the bite and kick that they deserve.
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MM cartridge upgrade for Rega Planar 2 the thin end of the wedge. Whilst I would prefer not to need shims, I am now considering it if the cartridge is really worth it. To this end I have now been looking at the Audio Technica range, specifically the vm95ml, would I be right in saying I would need to mess with VTA for this cart?
I did fit a 2mm shim under the arm but I'm not sure it's needed as it is currently a little tail up. I had previously looked at the Ortofon carts but was nervous about going there as i know i need shims for them and they don't always seem to get the love other carts seem to get. My previous cartridge was a Goldring Elektra.
I found the Elektra very focussed on the high mids with little else It blows the Elektra away on my turntable. My only concern is that it seems over sensitive to static - it gives pops when moving the arm to a 'staticy' record but it doesn't seem to crackle or pop once the stylus is on the record - it has been suggested this might be more to do with the old wiring in my arm than the cartridge. I too am not sure how much 'better' the dearer cartridges would've sounded.
Another concern i have over my choice of cartridge is inner groove distortion. I had a Planar 1 plus to start with just before xmas and it was a fine sounding TT but i had noticed that when getting to the end of a side, the sound was starting to get a "mushy" sounding. I won't bore you with the full story but i have now moved on to the Planar 2 and on the whole am having a much better experience, which i put down mostly to the fact it is a little bit less "plug and play" in the sense i at least have the option now to easily adjust the tracking force.Setting Up Your Rega Turntable (Tonearm Balancing)
That being said IGD is still there which i am hoping will be improved with a better stylus in a better cart, which is why I have been looking at the Microline and even Shibata stylus types, as i believe these provide a much better experience over say a Conical or even elliptical stylus.
Which protractor are you currently aligned to? As my previous Planar 1 got sent back, i never checked its alignment so that was probably part of the problem there. I have a mixed of old original pressing from the 70s and more modern re-pressing on a more heavyweight vinyl and i would be concerned of causing damage to the older pressing if the tracking force is too high? Board index.Pre-Rega, founder Roy Gandy spent his free time installing, upgrading and repairing turntables. Dismayed by the poor reliability of the decks he was seeing, Gandy set out to make an alternative with real solidity and longevity.
He also wanted his first turntable to look different to everything else that was available at the time.
The result of his experience, goals and theorising was the Rega Planet, with its three-spoke, steel and aluminium platter and Acos Lustre tonearm. This was also the beginning of Rega as a company. As you'd assume from the name, the Planar 3 was not the first Planar by Rega.
What's more, the model we're highlighting here wasn't even the first Planar 3. What makes this the Planar 3 to focus on is the RB tonearm that came pre-installed on it. Having used Japanese and Danish manufactured arms for the first decade of its life, Rega's own RB and RB took performance to new levels and received plaudits that you might not expect, with Modern Metals magazine proclaiming that it was 'still trying to figure out how you produce such a long cored hole so accurately'.
More importantly we hopewe proclaimed at the time that the RB edition of the Planar 3 'seemed to get so much more off the discs'. This is arguably the point at which Rega came of age. Rega spent much of the '80s and '90s focused on electronics and speakers, ensuring that someone looking to build an entire two-channel system could do so using Rega components alone.
New decks were occasionally launched along the way but it's the P5 and its 15mm glass platter of that we're picking out. The idea here was to bring some of the features of the company's more premium turntables - particularly the P25 of - within the reach of more hi-fi fans, hence the aluminium surround, complex CNC machined skeletal low mass micro-fibre plinth, and the RB tonearm of the P7.
It would take Rega 24 years to launch the second-generation Planar 3, called the P3but then just seven years to launch the third model - the P This model kept much of what made the original Planar 3 great but added some serious upgrades, including a new plinth, arm and motor.
It was a terrific-sounding package, with class-leading and rival-obliterating drive and rhythmic ability. Rega's goal of combining lightness and rigidity bore striking fruit in with the launch of the RP8. The skeletal plinth was constructed using little more than foam - closed cell, polyolefin foam to be precise. Phenolic resin skins were added to both top and bottom surfaces to deliver higher rigidity and an element of damping, but the RP8's plinth still wound up being seven times lighter than that of the original Planar 3.
To say we were impressed by the RP8 - which is still available, by the way - would be an understatement. Not that you can buy one even if you had the money: only 50 were ever made. Built to celebrate Rega's 40th birthday, the company considers the Naiad to be the ultimate representation of its engineering ideas when executed with little regard for cost or ease of manufacture. In other words, it's the best deck Rega knows how to make.
Unfortunately, we've never tested the Naiad - there'd be little point reviewing a product almost no-one could buy - but it's fair to assume it should sound pretty special, given Rega's track record.
And it sure is pretty.