The DL-103R is an upgrade of the legendary DL-103 and is considered significantly better than its predecessor. Placing the Planar 1 Plus next to the Planar 1 results in a quick game of spot-the-difference. The Plus is identical to the Planar 1, with the addition of a built in phono preamp. Aug 18, 2020 #1 Just received a brand new RP1 Plus today. And part of the reason I choose the Rega Exact. The DL-103R is probably the next cartridge I will buy. You definitely need a better cartridge than the Rega Carbon to unleash the true potential of these turntables. That said, all the cartridges on reviewed above are truly great cartridges that comes up over and over again when I research great phono cartridges for turntables. The Planar 1 Plus is a combination of the Rega P1 with the company’s Fono Mini A2D phono stage albeit without the analogue to digital converter and USB output of the latter, which makes it slightly more affordable package than the two units combined (£329 rather than £339). And Rega probably knows that their most dedicated customers will upgrade their turntables with their favorite cartridges anyway. The Rega Planar 1 PLUS is a brand new plug-and-play turntable that benefits from all of the Planar 1’s advantages and adds a brand new built-in phono stage. In 2018 Rega added a new model to the series, a Planar 1 Plus. Hisense 7100 65" 4k TV, Pioneer SC-LX82, Pioneer BDP LX71, Apple TV 4K, Monitor Audio BX2, Gale centre, Speakercraft Sub. The only parts passing from Rega's previous model, the RP1 is the Drive Belt, Sub Platter & Dust Cover. Would like the replacement to be an upgrade, but (1) don't want to spend too much for a relatively cheap table and (2) don't want to mess with spacers/tonearm mods to get the new cart to fit. The Denon DL-103R provides a budget option into the world of awesome sounding high-end MC cartridges. Bowers & Wilkins 705 S2 It is often reported to sound as good (or better) than high-end MC cartridges that cost many times more. So the spacer might not be necessary. Designed for Planar 1, Planar 2, Planar 3 and Planar 6 and many older Rega models; Simple screw fit adaptors are available to fit the older, RP8 and RP10 turntables; Available in two colours: black and white; 1.2kg lighter and more rigid than the previous model One solution is to attach a turntable bracket to the wall. The Planar 1 Plus benefits from all of the advantages of its sibling, the Planar 1, such as a low noise 24v motor, precision hub bearing assembly and RB110 tonearm with a factory fitted Carbon cartridge. Our Sonos-ready package contains either the Planar 1 or 2, Behringer pre-amp and all cables to connect to a Sonos Connect, Connect: Amp, Play:5 or other amplifier/receiver. Many readers have told me that it is overkill for my Planar 2 as well. The VM540ML is simply an awesome cartridge that will have a significant positive impact on the sound of your Rega Planar 1. It is the cartridge that comes standard fitted with both the Rega Planar 1 and Rega Planar 2. Bigger soundstage. I would trust an onboard Rega phono stage before many others. Rega seems to have set the Planar 1 Plus to be inherently forgiving, no matter the condition of vinyl it spins. The Denon DL-110 is a very popular cartridge and has a very high standing in the vinyl community. In terms of the equipment that it is likely to be used with, this makes sense and it does a better job than most of keeping the poorly pressed Meds by Placebo listenable, and it is able to handle well-worn records pretty well too. Aug 13, 2020 13 1 25. Which makes it easier to get the alignment correct if you select a cartridge from Rega’s lineup as your upgrade cartridge. It is a great cartridge, but somehow left a little bit in the shadows by its bigger brother, the VM540ML we reviewed earlier. This cartridge will require a MC phono preamp, and will not work with a regular MM phono cartridge. When I upgraded from the Rega Carbon cartridge to a Rega Exact cartridge on my Rega Planar 2, it absolutely transformed the turntable. The Rega Planar 1 Plus is just like the Planar 1, plus it has a super convenient phono stage built in. The Ortofon 2M bronze is definitely a fantastic cartridge that will take the Planar 1 to a very high level. But if you want to swing for the fences, this cartridge will take your Rega Planar 1 to very high levels. Apart from the logo printed in the corner, the two decks are virtually identical. For the first time, the Planar 1 is now running a 24 V, low noise, synchronous motor to reduce vibration transfer combined with our brand new RB110 tonearm fitted with our bespoke ultra-low friction play bearings. More punch. The benefit the Denon DL-110 has over the Denon DL-103R we reviewed earlier is the lower price and the possibility to use it with a regular MM phono preamp. More openness. Hi-Fi. The comment is often that the Rega Bias 2 is a big step up from the Rega Carbon. The Rega Bias 2 has the same height and the same 3-point mount system as the Rega Carbon and will be very easy to fit on the Rega Planar 1. ! I’m not a huge fan of Pro-Ject phono stages and find them to be overpriced in general. It is known to be a cartridge with a lot of grunt that is great for rock music. It is highly rated by critics and Hi-Fi publication but might start to get expensive for most Rega Planar 1 owners. Not bright or harsh. And to give you help and advice on yours. You are free to manage these via your browser settings at any time. The Planar 1 Plus benefits from all of the advantages of its sibling, the Planar 1, such as a low noise 24v motor, precision hub bearing assembly and hand made RB110 tonearm with a factory fitted Rega Carbon cartridge. Yamaha CD-S2000, Rega Planar 2 modded, Tisbury Audio Domino phono stage, Airport Express, Khozmo Passive Preamp, AstinTrew AT5000, Dynaudio Audience 42, Wharfedale Sub. Which is what this article is all about. Audio. It now sounds great. Rega Planar 2 The Rega Planar 1 PLUS is a brand new plug-and-play turntable that benefits from all of the Planar 1’s advantages and adds a brand new built-in phono stage. You will experience a dramatic increase in music volume if you upgrade from a Rega Carbon to a Rega Bias 2. Forums. The Rega Planar 1 comes standard with a Rega Carbon cartridge. I also experienced a significant increase in music volume because the Rega Carbon has a very low output level of only 2.5mV. But it is also quite expensive. Also, it has the benefit of showing off your turntable. It is expensive. Rega claims that the new Planar 1 is the most user-friendly turntable they've made thus far. But still good enough to significantly increase the sonic performance of the Rega Planar 1. The Rega Planar 1 Plus turntable can be directly connected to almost any system with a standard line input, including active speaker systems. If you want an affordable moving coil cartridge to use with your Rega Planar 1, the Denon DL-110 is a great choice. During all my research on cartridges, which is probably hundreds of hours, I rarely come across a cartridge that gets as much love from vinyl enthusiasts as the VM540ML and its predecessors. To solve this, Rega provides 2mm spacers that can be installed under the base of the tonearm if you fit a cartridge that is higher than the standard Rega Carbon. But I wanted the very best and chose the top-the-line Rega Exact in the end. Set-up remains possible in under 30 seconds making this the easiest to use, and most flexible Rega turntable to date. I agree with Ron's comments above that the Planar 2 is currently the best value for money. Audioengine A5 Plus And it might very well be the pick in Rega’s turntable range that gives the most bang for the buck. Sporting the same winning combination of style and performance as the regular Planar 1, the Plus avoids having to use an external phono preamp and plugs into the line inputs of any integrated amplifier. I suspect that the Rega engineers would very much like to ship the Planar 1 and Planar 2 with a higher-quality cartridge than the Rega Carbon. So, we’ll focus at cartridges that are less expensive than the Rega Exact in this article. In my opinion. Rega Planar 1 Plus. Forty-two years old, music lover, electronics engineer and home audio geek since my early teens. Updated from the Original Planar 1 Turntable. It will be easy to fit and perform perfectly on Rega’s tonearm. I would use the same selection process if I were looking for a cartridge upgrade for the Rega Planar 1 as well. It is because it is good! Which makes Rega’s turntables attainable for more people. (With Rega Exact Cartridge) Finally, the Planar 8 has its own Rega bracket. When I upgraded from the Rega Carbon cartridge to a Rega Exact cartridge on my Rega Planar 2, it absolutely transformed the turntable. 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The bearings need time to loosen up. The Rega Planar 1 Plus turntable also comes with a Perspex lid. The Rega Bias 2 is also a relatively affordable cartridge. The Carbon cartridge is pretty decent but already thinking ahead to when the need for a replacement comes. and added a… It will also be at the perfect height for when you are changing your records. It is regarded as a very good cartridge for the price. Set-up remains possible in under 30 seconds making this the easiest to use, and most flexible Rega turntable to date. When readers email me comments on my Best Cartridge Upgrade for Rega Planar 2 article, more often than not they criticize me for not including the Rega Bias 2 in that discussion. He asks if potential buyers should bother buying one at all or hunt around for a second hand P1? I agree with the answer below on some points. Home  >  Accessories  >  Manufacturer Upgrades, Parts & Accessories  >  Rega Upgrades, Parts & Accessories, We can supply all available Rega parts and accessories, even those that are not listed on our website. The Planar 1 Plus benefits from all of the advantages of its sibling, the Planar 1, such as a low noise 24v motor, precision hub bearing assembly and hand made RB110 tonearm with a factory fitted Rega Carbon cartridge. The 2M cartridge range from Ortofon is often reported to be the best selling cartridge series in the world. I began by testing the Rega Plus using its built in phono amplifier against various low cost, Chinese-made sub-budget turntables using their own built-in phono amplifiers and the Plus won, hands down, sonically, in every frequency area. It is the cartridge that comes standard with the audiophile rated Rega Planar 3. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. So the Ortofon 2M Blue stands out as the best fit for Rega Planar 1 when we are looking for a good balance between cost and performance. The whole vinyl listening experience simply became more engaging and enjoyable. The tonearm on Rega Planar 2 does not have height adjustment. It is Rega’s product. Rega Clear Turntable Dustcover (Fits all Rega Turntables Old & New), Rega P3- 24, RP3, P5, P7 & P9 Motor Pulley (50Hz), Rega Planar 2, Planar 3, P1, RP1, P2, P3, P25 Motor Pulley (50Hz), Rega "A Vibration Measuring Machine" Book, Rega Extra Heavy Counterweight - Tungsten, Rega Planar 3 Replacement 12mm Glass Turntable Platter, Rega RB300 / RB303/ RB301/ RB808 Tungsten Counterweight. When I initially researched great cartridges for my Rega Planar 2, I got the feeling that the vinyl community wasn’t that enthusiastic about the Rega Elys. The Rega Exact is probably overkill for the Planar 1. The Ortofon 2M Red is a good candidate for the Rega Planar 1, but I think it will provide less improvement over the Rega Carbon than most Planar 1 upgraders are looking for. A world where cartridges often costs thousands of dollar. I then brought out a Lenco L-3808 (£200), flicked its internal phono amplifier switch to external (if Lenco has such a thing, why doesn’t Rega?) But as I have done more and more research, that picture has changed a lot and I am now confident that the Rega Elys 2 is a very good cartridge. This a simple and cost-effective solution. The VM530EN is a great cartridge upgrade for the Rega Planar 1 for a quite reasonable price. Probably overkill, but still. It has great neutral sound and tracks very well on most tonearms. Since it has the same height, it will not require spacers to get the VTA spot on. Fitting a cartridge from Regas own cartridge line, such as a Rega Bias 2, will not alter the VTA. The current version of the Rega Planar 2 was launched in 2016 and sits between the affordable Rega Planar 1 and the audiophile approved Rega Planar 3. Although I have not heard the Planar 1 Plus I have also owned a number of Rega turntables over the years including an RP1,P3 2000, RP3, current Planar 3 and RP8 and I have also listened to the current Planars 1, 2 and 3 back to back. I have received lots of feedback from readers saying that it is a great performer, and much better than the stock Rega Carbon. The Rega Planar 1 can become an even better sounding turntable with a simple cartridge upgrade. But they are available for those that are geeky about VTA. Rega Fono Mini A2D It is a significantly better cartridge than the stock Rega Carbon, but not fully as good as the VM540ML. It has a price that is very sensible for the Rega Planar 1. And you will experience a significant increase in overall sound quality. It seems that Rega’s point of view is that a slightly altered VTA will not impact the quality of the sound in most cases. Pro-Ject Tube Box S2, Speakers Join the FREE newsletter and get amazing vinyl tips and fantastic offers delivered to your inbox. But it won’t invite you into the world of high-end moving coil cartridges in the same way as the Denon DL-103R does. Rega Wall Plug 350mA Replacement Power Supply. When there is an option to get true high-end moving coil performance for the fraction of the price of most top-of-the-line MC cartridges, that is just very tempting. Set-up remains possible in “under 30 seconds making this the easiest to use, and most flexible Rega … Simply put, there is no need to purchase a standalone phono … It is easy to fit and an affordable way to take your Rega Planar 1 to the next level sonically. Audio-Technica AT-LP120 USB The new built in phono stage offers the ability to connect the Planar 1 Plus directly to almost any system that has a standard line input via a standard phono to phono cable (supplied) or phono to 3.5mm lead. It costs around $50 to buy separate and is, according to the vinyl community, based on the AT-91 that costs about $25. Which is good for vinyl spinners. And most third party cartridges are 2-4 mm higher than Regas’s own cartridge range. And will not require spacers. VTA is a controversial topic. (With VM540ML Cartridge) The sound became more detailed, more … The Ortofon 2M Blue is a very popular cartridge that has lots of fans in the vinyl community. The sound became more detailed, more precise, more open, and more dramatic. The Planar 1 Plus benefits from all of the advantages of its sibling, the Planar 1, such as a low noise 24v motor, precision hub bearing assembly and hand made RB110 tonearm with a factory fitted Rega Carbon cartridge. Two spacers will life the tonearm 4mm. I replaced the standard fitted AT95E on my AT-LP120 turntable with a VM540ML and it made a huge difference. Just need to save up. I am the founder and writer of Vinyl Restart. The Rega Elys 2 sits between the Rega Bias 2 and the top-of-the-line Rega Exact. Choosing the Rega Bias 2 is a great way to give your Rega Planar 1 the cartridge it deserves. The Rega Planar 1 has been out and about for a little while and so Paul Rigby has been able to have a good long look at the thing before giving it a thorough review. The Rega Bias 2 definitely has a bigger standing among Rega Planar owners that I initially thought. And good for Rega’s sales department. When I opened the box it didn't contain a manual and assume it must be in a download format. It offers great performance for the money, It is Regas own product which guarantees a risk free and hassle free assembly and performance with Rega tonearms. The Ortofon 2M Blue sits between the $100 Ortofon 2M Red and the $500 Ortofon 2M Bronze. For some reason, I overlooked this cartridge when I upgraded my turntables. It seems to be the go-to cartridge upgrade for a big part of the vinyl community. Many readers, that have acted upon my cartridge recommendations on this site, have emailed me and said that their cartridge upgrade didn’t give the expected results. This is for the Rega Planar 1 (2016) model. With the lid closed, it measures 447mm wide, 360mm deep and 117mm tall, and it weighs 4.35 kilograms. I seriously considered the Rega Elys 2 when I was picking a cartridge for my Rega Planar 2. If you are looking for a very good cartridge for the Rega Planar 1, and have a decent budget for a cartridge, then the Rega Elys 2 is a very good choice. Re: MM cartridge upgrade for Rega Planar 2 Post by soupladel » 19 Feb 2020 11:54 Yeah static is a bit of issue right enough, i am relatively new to the Vinyl game but a recent purchase of Black Sabbath Paranoid seems to be particularly awash with static! This is a full-sized turntable. Then they often email me again a bit later and say: Wow, break-in time is real. One spacer will lift the tonearm 2mm. Based on that, my top recommendation is the Rega Bias. I created this site to share my vinyl journey with you. Set-up remains possible in under 30 seconds making this the easiest to use, and most flexible Rega turntable to date. Thread starter Frosty125; Start date Aug 18, 2020; Sidebar Sidebar. Break-in time is real. It is a moving coil cartridge, but has a high enough output level to be used with standard MM phono preamps. It is a good cartridge, but it is not great. Vinyl Restart is reader supported. More drama. 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