Launched at the back end of 2019 after a long wait we now have the Rega Planar 10 in store, demo ready, fitted with the Apheta 3 cartridge.
The closest many of us will get to hearing the Rega Naiad (limited run of 50 at a £30,000 price point), rather than the usual way a product line evolves, each model progressively improving on the last, the Planar 10 is an attempt to draw on the Naiad’s engineering at a more affordable price point.
Using a similar skeletal plinth to the Planar 8 the intention is to keep the mass of the base extremely low while still retaining rigidity, this leads to less in terms of vibrations which is at the heart of the Rega philosophy. Hence the use of a foam core with a layer of high-pressure laminate on either side. This combining of materials is in evidence in other areas of the design. The brace between the tonearm and main bearings, a feature which comes in from the Planar 3 upwards is in this case doubled, one of ceramic (a first on a Rega production model) and below it one of resin. Ceramic is also used for the platter. New too is the tonearm, the new RB3000, while not looking particularly exotic this has a new central hub bearing assembly.
In common with the Planar 8 the 10 uses an external power supply albeit now in a full metal housing.
On our demo model rather than a third-party cartridge (although the turntable is available cartridge free) we have stuck with the moving coil Apheta 3 which was designed and engineered side by side with the turntable.
Using a neodymium magnet, hand wound coil and diamond profile, and housed in a single piece aluminium body, the Apheta 3 is the culmination of 15 years work on MC cartridges.