The Rega Planar 6 has been a popular topic for many an audio reviewer. Though its only been around for a couple of years since it was introduced as a replacement for the RP6, the Planar 6 has racked up quite a few reviews. And for good reason! The Planar 6 takes the successes of the previous turntables like the RP8, RP6, and RP10, while improving on all designs to offer a wholly new product. Rega chose the Planar 6 to be the first turntable to use their ultralightweight Tancast 8 polyurethane foam core plinth. With a sticker price of less that $2,200, the Planar 6 sits comfortably in the mid-range of quality turntables, and could be the piece around which you can build an amazing sounding system.
Simon Wilce of Hifi and Music Source got a chance to try out the Planar 6 last year. He praised the extremely low noise floor of the 6 as well as the amazing combination of the Ania Cartridge and Neo PSU which are bundled with the turntable.
The first thing I noted is what you can’t hear. The Planar 6 has a very low noise floor indeed. Compared to the RP3 that I moved aside and even the GyroDec I also have here, it is noticeable. This is great news because immediately you are just listening to the music.
In fact, the only thing Mr. Wilce said he would change is the color. Rega only offers the Planar 6 in an sleep Polaris Grey matte finish with black gloss accents. This looks amazing in any system, but may not be everyone's cup of tea. Though, in the end, Wilce did say the finish was growing on him, going so far as to call the matte gray finish "cooly understated."
Read the rest of his review over at Hifi and Music Source.