Rega Planar 6 gets 5 STAR Review from What HiFi!

Just now trickling into the States, to say that the Rega Planar 6 turntable is causing a buzz is a bit of an understatement. Gladly, news from the UK home market is very positive.

Following almost 18 months after the successful launch of the Planar 3 last year, Rega fans have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the replacement for the vaunted RP6. Well, Planar 6 is here and we can all breathe a sigh of relief! With many technologies passed down from the flagship RP10, Planar 6 is living up to the hype. Keep reading for excerpts from this What Hifi review for a concise, accurate take on the virtues of the P6 turntable and see what the fuss is about.

Planar 6 is available in a beautiful satin gray finish with gloss black trim. $2195 with Ania MC cartridge, $1995 with Exact MM cartridge, and $1595 without a cartridge. Additionally, save $50 when you purchase the Planar 6 Ania with the matching Fono MC phono preamp ($495). Our first shipment has begun arriving at dealerships around the country. Find a Rega Retailer near you to witness the magic first hand.

A Few Excerpts from the What HiFi Planar Review

What marks this new Rega Planar 6/Ania out from its rivals (and the older RP6/Exact model) is that it doesn’t go for immediacy to grab your attention. ‘Boldness’ isn’t put to the forefront - instead its party-piece is the unnerving ability to juggle balance, subtlety, and timing in the most understated way. It’s a frankly astonishing refined and mature sound.
...we’re struck by how every element is given equal billing – the instruments aren’t overshadowed by Waits’s voice, nor do the deep bass notes overpower the piano. It’s a bewitching balancing act. The growly depths and the raspy edges of Waits’ voice are unearthed effortlessly. All the subtleties of his voice are laid bare, sounding more nuanced and emotive than just his usual deep, gruff persona. The muted trumpet’s presentation in the song is light and nimble and – here is something that only the very best hi-fi can do – it sounds convincing. There’s a palpable sense of depth, solidity, and texture to the bittersweet, meandering tune.
Switch to a more recent track, such as SBTRKT’s New Dorp New York, and the Planar 6 is transparent enough to show off the production differences. Where Tom Waits showcased textures and depth, here the track exemplifies just how precise, agile and rhythmically secure the Rega sounds. Those deep, steady basslines have no hint of flab or boom to them. They’re pulled taut and are utterly punctual. The beat’s build-up is gradual, but once it peaks the Rega keeps that momentum steady – the underlying rhythm never sounds monotonous or inconsequential. You’ll find your foot tapping along to the beat without even noticing it.
Once again the Rega shows off its maturity during the opening moments: the swift, high notes are crisply delivered and shine just enough without sounding too sharp. The rhythmic ebb and flow is effortlessly precise - and when it goes quiet, it really goes silent. Timing is spot-on, and the clarity with which every instrument is presented is wonderful to hear. We like how the Rega Planar 6/Ania doesn’t shout about what it’s doing. It just gets on and does it.
The Rega Planar 6/Ania’s masterful handle on rhythm and subtle detail is better than before, with refinement adding to the deck’s customarily musical and insightful performance. We’re impressed with Rega’s new level of performance. The Planar 6’s balanced, mature presentation is something you’ll appreciate the more you listen to it. So get listening.