Product Comparison: Rega Planar 3 vs Pro-Ject Primary

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General Specifications
Planar 3
About the Product
Designed using the latest 3D CAD & CAM technology, the new Planar 3 is the culmination of more than 35 years of tonearm design experience. Featuring a brand new bearing housing, and our latest tonearm tube designed using intelligent redistribution of mass ensure this arm will exhibit fewer points of possible resonance.
If you thought that a turntable set-up is complicated like rocket-science, Primary proves the contrary. This good sounding beltdrive deck offers the fastest possible installation process because it comes pre-adjusted out of the box.
Key Specs
Drive Type
Belt drive
Belt drive
Operation Type
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Rega Planar 3 Colour: Black
  • Absolutely amazing sound and build quality to the point I think it's a steal for the price.
  • My first record player. Looks great and sounds great!
  • Sounds great. Plays perfectly. Static in tonearm does NOT affect playback.
  • Plays and sounds great. Hopefully nothing goes wrong with it too soon but so far so good.
  • The belt had to be replaced within a week because it was torn and did not spin the platter anymore.
Pro-Ject Primary Hi-Fi Turntable - Black
  • This a very good record player, the sound is great - the belt was a little tricky getting fitted in the first place but after that no problems, no other setting up required.
  • A wonderful turntable. Easy to set up, incredible sound.
  • Nice turntable with a vintage feeling. Quality written all over it. If you want to get into hi fi then this is the turntable for you.
  • This is a completely manual operation and it really bothers me.
  • My only negative is the belt and having to change it for the speed and it slips off should you knock it.
Size & Weight
4.61 in.
4.41 in.
17.6 in.
16.53 in.
14.17 in.
12.99 in.
13.23 lbs.
8.82 lbs.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Rega Planar 3 Colour: Black
  • This turntable is made of plastic. The tone arm is super light. It is very very light.
  • This is a very lightweight and cheaply-made turntable.
  • Excellent compact size that you can place in any place convenient for you.
  • Lightweight and easy to use. Use straight out of the box. Very easy to set up.
  • Great sound for such a small size. Looks great on my shelf in the closet.
Pro-Ject Primary Hi-Fi Turntable - Black
  • Great product! Tracks and sounds great. Size is perfect and it's been a welcomed addition to my listening experience.
  • Very good size that fits into my room. The sound impressed and surprised me.
  • The weight and size are amazing. This is a very large but lightweight turntable. I like everything about him.
  • I like everything in it, its size and weight blend perfectly.
  • A bulky turntable that does not fit anywhere and will look ugly.
Record Sizes
Playable Record Speeds
33 ⅓, 45
33 ⅓, 45
Rega Elys2 MM cartridge
Ortofon OM5e cartridge
Integrated Preamp
What customers say about "Audio"
Rega Planar 3 Colour: Black
  • I find cartridge to be acceptable for most music, so I won't be replacing it.
  • The sound was incredible and the table was beautiful.
  • It is easy to set up, and sounds fantastic. It is an very clear sounding turntable, the lows are low, and the highs are high.
  • The Elys 2 is a good performing cartridge if, like me, you enjoy the experience of having a working complete turntable setup for you out of the box.
  • Over time, the cartridge began to make a groaning sound, which annoyed me very much.
Pro-Ject Primary Hi-Fi Turntable - Black
  • This turntable is fantastic. Sounds amazing through our Yamaha amp.
  • The sound is quite good and the appearance is impressive.
  • Sound quality is also excellent and I'm sure it will sound even better after some time running in.
  • My only complain, the cartridge is occasionally it squeaks slightly and occasionally.
  • The only downside is that you have to physically change the belt position on the cap stand to get 45 rpm.
On/Off switch
On/Off switch
Vinyl player
Vinyl player
Platter Material
New float glass "Optiwhite"
MDF with felt mat
Dust Cover Included
Speaker(s) Included
Phono output
USB out, Stereo RCA audio out
Stellar Speed Control System, 24V motor, Integrated arm clip, Re-designed stiffer vertical bearing housing, Improved spring housing, Motor cover tray - with integrated cooling
Anti-skating force, Aluminium tonearm, Acrylic lid included, Low vibration synchronous motor
What customers say about "Features"
Rega Planar 3 Colour: Black
  • The Platter has improved accuracy in manufacture and stunning looks.
  • I like new improved foot to increase stability and reduce vibration transfer.
  • I did not notice that the motor was heating up because motor cover tray has integrated cooling.
  • The first turntable had bad motor noise that was unrelenting.
  • Great turntable for the price. Only drawback is it does not have an auto shut off.
Pro-Ject Primary Hi-Fi Turntable - Black
  • The sounds are soft and when playing your vinyl's, these extra sounds are hiding underneath the music competing to be heard. The turntable is sound suppression system.
  • The clear dust cover is very nice, with the Pro-ject logo on the top, it's always nice to get a nice dust cover with your turntable.
  • Some irritation with the drive cable both fitting and initially slipping off when changing records.
  • The only thing that is not on it is adjustable anti-skating and tracking force dial.
  • The dust cover attachment broke within a couple months. It skips terribly no matter how many times I balance the tone arm.
Warranty / Certifications
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