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Rega Planar 8 Turntable

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We are extremely pleased to announce the new Planar 8 / Apheta 2 has received EDITORS CHOICE award in the December issue of Hi-Fi Choice. 5 Stars across the board.

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Rega Planar 8 Turntable

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"With large scale music, the Planar 8 is effortlessly open and three dimensional. The sound extends out beyond the speakers but does so without leaving any sense of a hole in the space between them.  This is a phenomenal turntable and one that makes a justifiable claim to being state of the art at the price point and it takes our award?"

Ed Selley - AV FORUMS Nov 2019. 

The newly launched Planar 8 from Rega is a sign of things to come. An all new Skeletal design employing the latest generation Neo TT PSU power supply and trickel down technology form the Naiad turntable, Rega have improved from the RP8 in every department. Designed around the Ania and Apheta 2 Moving Coil cartridges, the Planar 8 will breath new life into your record collection. Prepare to hear your music like never before!

The Planar 8 was inspired by the ultimate Rega turntable, the 'Naiad'.  We decided early on that instead of an evolution of the previous RP8, the new Planar 8 was to be developed and engineered to encapsulate the essence of 'Naiad' at an affordable price. Our aim was to deliver a level of performance far beyond what has been achieved at this price point before.

Every aspect of the Planar 8 is engineered to extract as much detail from the vinyl surface as possible. We have used the most advanced materials and engineering solutions built around a supremely lightweight plinth to ensure the greatest level of performance.The Planar 8 is supplied with the new RB880 tonearm and Neo PSU as standard which offers electronic speed change, advanced anti-vibration control and user adjustable electronic fine speed adjustment to ensure total accuracy and control over the motor. The outer frame of the previous model has now been removed and a new stylish, removable, single piece dustcover has been introduced further reducing the overall mass of the turntable.

The Planar 8 will be available with the recommended  Ania or Apheta 2*  MC cartridges factory fitted at an attractive, discounted package price.

Please Note: The new smaller footprint of the Planar 8 will not fit on the current Rega turntable wall bracket. We have developed a new lightweight custom Planar 8 wall bracket for this model.

Ultra lightweight plinth

The Planar 8 is the second Rega turntable constructed using our latest ultra lightweight Tancast 8 polyurethane foam core (a material developed for the aerospace industry). This material is sandwiched between two layers of HPL (high pressure laminate). HPL is exceptionally thin and extremely rigid. This new construction makes the new Planar 8 skeletal plinth 30% lighter than the original RP8 while offering increased rigidity over the previous model.

DB Technology (Double Brace Technology) “Mass absorbs energy - lost energy equals lost music”!

A super lightweight plinth combined with a phenolic resin double brace mounted specifically where the increased rigidity is required (between the tonearm mounting and the main hub bearing) forms a structurally sound “stressed beam” assembly. This rigid plinth design prevents energy absorption and unwanted resonances which will add unnatural distortions to the music. Equally, heavier mass can transfer more unwanted energy such as motor or bearing noise directly into the rotating record. The use of braces instead of the complete skin allows double thickness phenolic resin in these key areas, while providing further weight reduction to the plinth which directly addresses the issue of mass absorption and unwanted energy transmission.

RB880 tonearm

For the new RB880 we have introduced an improved vertical bearing assembly constructed using an aluminium and stainless-steel, low mass assembly with vastly improved stability and rigidity. This tonearm is using our advanced preloaded zero tolerance bearing assembly adjusted to less than 1000th of a mm, this gives friction free movement and zero levels of unwanted play. This subtle but effective new structure is only visible via small windows at the rear of the new bias housing assembly (see image below). A thinner stainless steel balance weight is used, allowing greater adjustability and compatibility. Finally, the RB880 is terminated with a re-designed, low capacitance phono cable terminated with high quality, locking phono plugs to ensure the best possible connection.

Hub bearing assembly

The Planar 8 uses a new low mass central bearing assembly. A single piece machined aluminum sub-platter and hardened tool steel spindle run inside a custom brass housing which is cleverly mounted within the chassis. This new mounting is designed to eradicate unwanted potential energy being transferred or stored in the plinth.

Super flywheel effect triple layer glass platter

The Planar 8 uses a three piece laminated glass platter which is the result of collaboration with a British glass engineering company. This brand new platter is constructed from two different high quality Pilkington glasses. As a general rule the only part of a turntable that requires extra mass is the turntable platter in order to achieve constant rotational speed. However, a heavier platter creates more problems for the main bearing design so again an ideal compromise creates the best solution. Practically this means keeping as much of the mass to the outside rim of the glass platter to create more flywheel effect but keeping the inside of the platter as light as possible without sacrificing stiffness.

24v Low noise motor assembly

The Planar 8 uses Rega's latest generation, 24v, synchronous, low vibration motor technology. Uniquely mounted using the highest level of coupling while retaining higher vibration isolation than any previous model. this new motor mounting technique (mounted from the bottom) has been taken directly from the ultimate Rega turntable, the Naiad. This unique mounting method removes all stress on the motor body. The reduced vibration and more rigid mounting delivers superior drive from the new EBLT drive belts. Each motor is hand tuned to match its own custom Neo power supply before fitting to the turntable to optomise the anti-vibration circuit.

EBLT Drive Belts

For three years Rega has been researching and developing with chemists the use of a bespoke new rubber compound for drive belts. Using a specialised curing system, the new drive belt offers superior consistency of modulus (a constant representing the degree to which a substance has a particular property, especially elasticity).These new belts are manufactured on Rega designed, state of the art, super-accurate tools which produce 'perfectly round' and 'dimensionally accurate' belts, critical for perfect speed stability.


The Neo PSU offers a smooth power supply, an advanced anti-vibration circuit and fine electronic speed adjustment. It uses the RP10 DSP (digital signal processing) generator built upon a high stability crystal. The DSP generator will divide the accurate signal from the crystal to the exact frequency required to turn the platter at the selected speed. The DSP generator will also produce a near perfect sinusoidal waveform to drive the motor. This, along with an efficient drive amplifier, generates a 24V, AC balanced signal of less than 0.15% distortion, which is completely unaffected by any changes in the mains/line voltage and conditions. This then drives the turntable's anti-vibration circuit, which is situated beneath the turntable.

Dimensions : Turntable (with dustcover fitted)

Width 420mm
Depth 315mm
Height 125mm
Weight 4.2Kg

Dimensions : Neo PSU

Width 180mm
Depth 155m
Height 50mm
Weight 0.6Kg

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Long lost friend.
07 February 2020  | 

Like many I was lured by the convenience of CD's and then streaming and my collection of LP's sat in the loft for near enough 2 decades. Having moved house the decision was made to bring them along and it made sense to have something to play them on. Though some were in an unusable condition, a clean brought most of them back to life and wow what a rebirth. Why did we believe the hype about CD's? The RP8's skeleton design may not be much to look at and feels far too light to perform the heavy base lifting it does but in terms of dynamic range, sound staging and sheer involvement it knocks CD's at every point (other than convenience). My only gripe is that the design leave the stylus very exposed. Other than that this is an awesome combination that brings a massive surprise to all that listen.

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Rega Planar 8 Turntable
16 April 2019  | 

Loverly turntable.Love the modern styling. Great sound.Pity they didn't put adjustable legs on as they have on their more expensive turntables.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

Rega Planar 8/Ania
11 April 2019  | 

Excellent service and very helpful, would highly recommend.

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1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

7 Stars !!! Rega Planar 8
24 January 2019  | 

I recently made a huge upgrade to the Rega Planar 8. I’ve been using a 1978 Yamaha YP-511 which I have adored. I have never thought upgrading a turntable would make a difference, but it did. [especially with mine] It made a huge difference. I hate using terms like ‘night & day’ but if I can simply put it, the upgrade made an obvious impression. The Apetha II stylus, probably the biggest difference maker, sounds very good ~ The spacious soundstage it produces is truly incredible. The details, clarity, tonality, the guys at Rega truly engineered a great stylus.
The difference is real compared to my old setup. This purchase has to be one of my most satisfying purchase to date. One reason for this has to be with the quality service Analogue Seduction provides to its customers. Thank you ~ Rega Planar 8 w/Apetha II
is a great turntable~ highly recommended!

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

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