REGA PLANAR 10, APHETA 3 AND P10 PSU ANNOUNCED
Rega has announced the new Planar 10 along with the Apheta 3 cartridge and new external PSU.
It doesn't feel almost a year since we announced the Planar 8. But, like that high-performance turntable, the Planar 10 takes inspiration from Rega's extremely limited edition Naiad (£30k).
The Regar Planar 10 gets even closer the to the top-flight Rega thanks to a raft of advanced components over its sibling.
Rega Planar 10 2019
Firstly, the new RB3000 tonearm is fitted with an improved, low mass, precision bias housing. Additionally, it utilises Rega's preloaded zero tolerance bearing assembly adjusted to less than 1000th of a millimetre.
Then there's the ceramic top brace between the tonearm and central bearing. This addition is a first for a Rega production deck, and further improves rigidity as well as improving accuracy.
As with the Planar 8, the P10 uses a sandwich construction for the plinth. The Tancast 8 polyurethane foam core sits between two layers of high-pressure laminate. This construction makes the Planar 10's skeletal plinth 30% lighter than the original RP10.
Finally, the coupling of the ceramic flywheel-effect platter to the sub-platter has been improved, too.
Rega is taking no chances in the power train either. To ensure there is improved stability and accuracy, the P10's new motor mounting technique has been nabbed from the Naiad.
The Rega P10's 24v motor is mounted from the bottom and is designed to remove all stress from the motor body while holding the drive pulley still.
Furthermore, each motor is hand-tuned to match its own P10 electronic power supply. Of course, Rega says it's their most advanced.
The motor is connected to the deck via an EBLT, a drive belt featuring a new, bespoke new rubber compound.
The new PSU sports a metal case that matches the design of the company's other hi-fi components.
If you recall, the Apheta 2 cartridge was the recommended fitment for the Planar 8. Well, it stands to reason that the P10 gets the next Apheta up the ladder.
The Apheta 3 moving coil cartridge was developed alongside the Planar 10 using Rega's most advanced “Fine Line” diamond profile.
You get the option to buy it separately for £1250 or packaged with the Planar 10 for £4499.
Of course, should you want the turntable without the cart, you can for £3599.
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