At eighteen years, Roy Gandy built his first pair of loudspeakers in perfectly sealed cabinets. Not the first Rega product, but Roy was on his way. His interest in hi-fi evolved from a passion for music. When a flat mate demonstrated his hi-fi system: Garrard SP25 turntable, Sonotone 9TA cartridge, Rogers HG88 amplifier and Wharfedale speakers, Roy realised his record player had room for improvement. This turntable was reviewed in Hi-Fi Sound in 1972, as part of a series called Casebook, which examined readers hi-fi systems. He became a part time retailer and found he had to spend a ridiculous amount of time repairing new turntables before his conscience and common sense would allow him to sell them to others! Out of frustration and a strong feeling he could do better, the Planet turntable was born. In 1973 and for a couple of years, Roy stayed at Ford and made turntables in the evening. The first turntables were sold through Cosmocord in the UK and a year later under the Rega name in West Germany, Denmark and France.
The iconic ‘Planar Three’ returns
Replacing the multi award winning and five times What Hi-Fi? Product of the Year (RP3) was never going to be an easy task. It took Rega's team of designers headed up by Roy Gandy, two years to develop the all new 'Planar 3' following the biggest re-design of the iconic 'Three' model ever seen. They have worked tirelessly to improve every aspect of this turntable offering improved ergonomics, usability and first and foremost, sonic performance.The new ‘Planar 3’ is truly a new turntable for 2016 carrying over just two components from the previous model.
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