Rega 24V High Performance Motor Upgrade Kit
|Price:||£129.00 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Delivery Details|
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|Item Dimensions||—||41.5 x 32 x 11.8 cm||43.18 x 9.14 x 30.48 cm||44.4 x 34.8 x 12.29 cm|
|Item Weight||—||5.6 kg||2.7 kg||7.5 kg|
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Rega 24v High Performance Motor Upgrade Kit Fits : RP1 / P1 / P2 / P2 2000 / PLANAR 2 / PLANAR 3 / P3 2000 / PLANAR 25 The new Rega 24v High Performance Motor Upgrade Kit includes the low noise, low vibration 24v motor designed and developed for Rega'sr range of multi award winning 24v turntables. The Rega 24v High Performance Motor Upgrade Kit, designed with a simple fixing solution to fit all previous Rega turntables that do not already use 24v technology. The Rega 24v High Performance Motor Upgrade Kit is compatible with the Rega TT-PSU external power supply, which incorporates an advanced anti vibration circuit and offers even greater stability. The TT-PSU also has the added convenience of electronic speed change. Optimise performance with the Rega upgrade drive belt. Although the Rega 24v High Performance Motor Upgrade Kit is simple to fit we recommend this kit is fitted by us or a qualified Rega dealer to ensure maximum performance. For use with Rega turntables only. Fits : RP1 / P1 / P2 / P2 2000 / PLANAR 2 / PLANAR 3 / P3 2000 / PLANAR 25 Individually hand tuned PCB to minimise vibration. Rega designed 24v low vibration, low noise synchronous AC motor assembly. Rigidly mounted to improve start up speed over previous suspended Planar models. Guaranteed to improve drive, speed stability and sonic performance
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My biggest gripe is the fitting instructions. I have an early Planar 3 with the better tonearm and the motor is supposed to be fitted with the "thick washer" (actually 3 stuck firmly together) but that left the pulley touching the glass platter ! Instructions said in the rare case of this happening to put a supplied washer against the brass hub bearing and problem solved.......no it wasn't because the washer was the wrong size and made no difference to the height. Logic also suggests that even the correct size would rotate and create noise.
So I took everything off again and managed to separate the sticky thick washer from the laminate w/o damage or I would have had to find a Rega dealer for another. The only solution I could find was to fit the thick AND thin washer (2 stuck together) making 5 layers in all. This resulted in the drive belt being perfectly centred on the subplatter rim for 33rpm but the belt is very close to the bottom when switched to the 45rpm setting though I rarely play 45's. If I did I could (after ingesting hallucinogens) invest in Regas TT PSU that has automatic switching and give Rega chance to relieve me of more than £200 more!
Now Rega would counter that their instructions say to check the height of the pulley before fitting but it is very tricky to do accurately before sticking the pads. The instructions also say thick or thin and it does not excuse the wrong washer supposed solution.
ps. I like my Rega hence keeping it 34 years and for the forseeable future.
I found the motor, circuit board and new cover very easy to fit, as I'm no stranger to soldering or electronics. For anyone who has ever used a soldering iron, this is a very simple DIY project.
The instructions however do have an annoying error. There are two spacers provided for the motor fitting. The instructions advise using the thinner spacer for the Planar 2/P2/RP1, and the the thicker spacer for the Planar3/P3 etc. Common sense alarm bells told me this was incorrect, but I blindly followed the instructions anyway only to discover that using the thinner spacer resulted in the motors pulley wheel touching the bottom of the platter on my Planar 2. Which makes sense really, as I would imagine the P3 has a thicker plinth hence requiring a thinner spacer versus the Planar 2 which has a thinner plinth hence requiring the thicker spacer.
Other than this minor quibble which took minutes to remedy, I can definitely recommend this upgrade, especially as it allows the usage of Rega's newer External PSU as another future upgrade, which supposedly makes the motor speed even more accurate.
I also treated the Turntable to a 'Rega White Drive Belt', I'm not sure how much this has contributed to the sound improvement, but the old belt was coming to the end of its life, and 3 belts in 21 years isn't too bad in my opinion!
4 out of 5 only because of slightly iffy instructions.
**Update: After a bit more running in, all I can say is the sound just keeps getting better! The stereo separation has improved considerably. Long, low end bass notes are reproduced beautifully, and timing just seems to keep improving. I've decided to forgive the slightly dodgy installation manual, and add the extra star**
The kit arrived in fine condition, well packed with adequate fitting instructions. Installation was simple enough as long as care is taken to ensure correct pulley alignment and you can solder a couple of switch wires. In all it took me about 45 mins or so to complete the upgrade.
So was it worth £129? Oh yes. Speed is now rock solid, stable and no wow & flutter I can detect or motor noise through the turntable at reasonable volumes. The whole musical experience is really more enjoyable now and I have spent rest of today revisiting some truly wonderful music that this modest system of Rega Planar 3 turntable, RB300 tone arm, Rega Elys cartridge, A&R A60 amplifier and Quad 21 LS can produce. I would recommend this upgrade for anyone who wants to keep and revive a tired old Planar 3. Well worth the money.
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