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The new Planar 8 is an extraordinarily good, goalpost-moving turntable. The highly impressed Jason Kennedy is wowed by Rega’s latest vibration-measuring machine

Rega take a different and arguably more scientific approach to turntable engineering than many manufacturers. They don’t talk about the romance of vinyl, focusing instead on building what they call vibrationmeasuring machines. That, ultimately, is what a record player is – a device for reading the modulations or vibrations that have been cut into a groove and pressed into vinyl.

The company likes to stick to successful model names: there has been a Planar 3 in the range for over 40 years, which could seem confusing when the new Planar 8 comes along and is very different to its predecessor the RP8. The Planar 8 is in fact more closely related to Rega’s range-topping Naiad than the model it succeeds – and the Naiad costs more than £25,000 (and there’s a waiting list). The Planar 8 has a small skeletal plinth made of foam-cored phenolic laminate that is extremely rigid yet very lightweight.

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