CNET's Audiophiliac dives into the Rega Planar 3

Love from a 30+ year Rega Fanboy

Long time Rega's lover Steve Guttenberg is thoroughly impressed with the new Planar 3 turntable from Rega. Here are some snippets from his review, with a link to the full version below.

The new Planar 3 is a far more sophisticated turntable than the Planar 3 I knew in the 1980’s. The gestalt of the design is similar, but fit and finish are light years ahead of original Planar. In fact, the new Planar 3 is so new it shares almost no parts with even last year’s Rega RP3 turntable!
Unlike other parts of an audio system like speakers or amplifiers, you come in direct contact with your turntable, so the touchy-feely aspects of putting records on the platter and moving the tonearm reveal the design’s innate quality. In that department, the Planar 3 scored high. It feels like a much more expensive design, and it’s a joy to use. As for the sound, while spinning David Bowie’s “Young Americans,” the sound was full-bodied, lively and spacious.
No doubt about it, Bob Marley’s “Kaya” LP’s deep reggae grooves had more “bounce” and the music was more fun to listen to, you connect with the music in a deeper way with the Planar 3. I can’t explain why exactly, but I’ve always loved Giorgio Moroder’s dazzling electronica score for the film “Cat People.” I’ve played this LP countless times, and it sounds great on the Planar 3, but the recording’s explosive dynamics and pulsing rhythms jumped like never before.