Rega Planar 1 Turntable Setup Guide

Setting up your Rega Planar 1 turntable will be fun and go smoothly if you prepare for everything you’ll need in advance. We hope this Rega Planar 1 Turntable Setup Guide enables you to be spinning some vinyl and enjoying music faster than you expected.

Preparing Where You Will Place Your Rega Planar 1 Turntable

If you have large speakers, it's a good idea to not put your new Rega Planar 1 turntable next to your speakers or a subwoofer. Having your turntable too close to speakers can cause acoustic feedback which is a howling sound you’ll only need to hear once to know you’ve done something wrong! Help your turntable get off to a good start by putting it on a solid, level surface.

You will want your turntable to be pretty close to your amplifier or phono preamp. It is important to remember the cables coming out of your turntable are carrying a very low level signal. They are short on purpose for this reason. You also do not want to have an AC power cord running parallel to them.

Unboxing your Rega Planar 1 Turntable

We suggest you unbox your turntable either on the floor or on a table near its final position. Save all of the packing (it will come in very handy when you move) and lay everything out so it's easy to get to.

Go ahead and put your turntable in the spot you picked out for it

We feel like it's best to connect everything up before you do the final assembly as it's easier to turn things around while the turntable is not fully assembled and everything should still be protected at this point.

Rega Planar 1 Turnatable Setup Guide - Out of the box

Make the audio connections

Your turntable has the audio wiring coming out of the back. The right and left cable should be connected to the right and left input on your phono preamp or amp’s phono input. Make sure they go on all the way. If you are using a separate phono preamp, make sure to connect cables from it to your amp. From a separate phono preamp you should go into an AUX type input on your amp, NOT a phono input.

Rega Planar 1 Turnatable Setup Guide - Cables

Make the power connections

Your turntable comes with a power supply that will plug into the wall. On the other end there is a small, round connector that fits in a hole on the back of your turntable. Go ahead and plug this into the back of your turntable and plug the other end into an outlet. Try and keep the power cables away from your audio cables.

Start Assembling Your Rega Planar 1 Turntable

Remove the little piece of cardboard that supports the inner platter.

Rega Planar 1 Turnatable Setup Guide - Remove Cardboard IMAGE

Make sure the belt is on the top pulley (its for 33, bottom is for 45), then carefully put the main platter on top of the inner platter. Add the felt mat to the main platter.

Rega Planar 1 Turnatable Setup Guide - Belt IMAGE

Find the round counter balance weight and push it onto the back of the tonearm, rotate it forward until it stops.

Rega Planar 1 Turnatable Setup Guide - Counter Balance IMAGE

We are now almost there!

Carefully remove any tape holding the tonearm in place.

Rega Planar 1 Turnatable Setup Guide - Remove tape IMAGE

This next step is the only part you have to be a little careful with. We need to remove the stylus guard from the cartridge.  It is a piece of plastic covering the end of the cartridge. Just pull it straight off. Be sure to store it in your turntable box. However if you have a cleaning service in your home, it's a good idea to put it back on before they come so you might want to keep it handy.

Rega Planar 1 Turnatable Setup Guide - Remove stylus gaurd IMAGE

The dust cover is the last step and it just fits into the two slots in the rear of your Planar 1.

Rega Planar 1 Turnatable Setup Guide - Dust Cover - IMAGE

Enjoy Some Music!

Put on your favorite album, then turn on your Rega Planar 1 turntable using the little switch under the front left side part of your turntable.

Make sure the cueing arm is in the up position, move the tonearm over the beginning of your record, lower the cue and enjoy the music!

When the record ends, you will need to lift up the cueing lever, return the arm to its rest, and switch off the motor. Or better yet, play another record!

Should you ever need to transport your turntable more than across the room, its a good idea to remove the platter and lock the tonearm down with a twisty tie. You might also consider placing the stylus guard back on.

We hope you enjoy your new turntable for many years to come. If you have any other set up questions (or any questions at all), hop into our online chat, email us, or give us a call. We are here to help!

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