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The Original Rega Planet CD

Discussion in 'audio' started by Rushboy, Oct 24, 2021.

  1. Rushboy

    Rushboy pfm Member

    Hello to all,

    I recently bought a used Rega Planet.
    I am thrilled with the sound that the Rega delivers.
    Since then, I enjoy listening to CDs more often again.
    My previous players:
    Naim CD5i
    Rega Apollo CDP
    Exposure 2010 CD
    were all not so good for my taste.

    One question: Which current CD players sound as pleasantly analogue as the original Rega Planet?
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  2. None that I have heard, like you when I got the Rega Planet I realized how brilliant it is, there is a known problem with diodes but lasers seem easy enough to obtain.
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  3. linnfomaniac83

    linnfomaniac83 I bet you can’t wheelie a unicycle!

    Current players? Honestly, I don’t know. The original Planet was a class act at its price point though, and is still a lovely machine.

    I actually have a Naim CD5i here, I really enjoy it, but it’s not exactly the most subtle sounding player and I don’t tend to listen to it for extended periods, it’s fun in the way that a fast car is fun.

    I also have a Meridian 507, velvety smooth, incredible sound stage, if you like the Planet, I reckon you’d love the Meridian, it’s a class or two above, a sumptuous sounding machine.

    I also have a Linn Ikemi which is better again… I never understood what people meant when they described a CD player as sounding “mechanical” until I heard the Ikemi, it made music just flow effortlessly, and made lesser machines sound “mechanical”, or “digital”, the impression that the sound has been deconstructed and then reconstructed. It ruined me and I had to find the money to buy one, which didn’t come easy at the age of 21 with a newborn baby, but I made it happen.
  4. Rushboy

    Rushboy pfm Member

    The Naim CD 5i was a big downgrade from the Naim 3.5 CD which was much better.
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  5. tenpercenter

    tenpercenter Don't ya rile 'em.....

    I had an original Rega Planet CD player that sounded superb. It developed a fault and I wanted to get it repaired but my local dealer at the time persuaded me to “upgrade” to a Naim CD 3.5 with a generous trade in…..

    It was a decision that I pretty much regretted within a week! The Planet was way more enjoyable

    Rega have a way with digital even to this day.

    That experience with that particular dealer was just one of several over the years and that explains why I try and avoid them whenever possible now !
  6. linnfomaniac83

    linnfomaniac83 I bet you can’t wheelie a unicycle!

    Mine is a late unit and definitely better than the early version but I’m not sure how it compares to a CD 3.5, I owned a CD 3.5 and really liked it, but that was a long time ago. I’d certainly not suggest the CD 5i as an alternative to a Planet if you’re looking for “analog” sounding machines. The Meridian on the other hand…
  7. GruntPuppy

    GruntPuppy pfm Member

    Original Rega Planet, Adcom GCD 575, Arcam Alpha 7se. All punch above their weight, but there's something about the Rega. I've had a bunch of them, and regretted selling them each time.
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  8. Rushboy

    Rushboy pfm Member

    Does anyone know the French Atoll or YBA players?
  9. Rushboy

    Rushboy pfm Member

    I'll raise the question again.
    Would a current Rega Dac make the Planet sound even better?
    I really like the warm Planet sound, but more is always good.
  10. linnfomaniac83

    linnfomaniac83 I bet you can’t wheelie a unicycle!

    It’ll be better in terms of detail retrieval and imaging for sure, whether you prefer it is a question that can only be answered by listening personally. It’s actually a discontinued product now but not too difficult to find on the used market… try and find one for sale privately at the lower end of the price scale, and you can try it, and move it on without losing anything if you prefer the Planet on its own… I think you might prefer the DAC though, it is very good indeed.
  11. Big Tabs

    Big Tabs looking backwards, going forwards

    my c.d. player sounds not too far from my vinyl playback set-up. Similar, but not replicating each other.

    We decided to buy it because it sounded more like ‘music’ than any other c.d. players we had heard.

    Roksan Blak purchased earlier this year.

    I am not sure that I would apply the term ‘warm,’ to either my record or c.d. players sound.

    Precise, clean, quiet with expansive soundstage. Detailed with no sharp edges?

    Depending on the production/mastering, sometimes it is difficult to tell if it is a record or c.d. playing. That sounds daft, but is honest.

    We did want to hear the current Rega c.d. players, but what with C-19 and Rega stockists being far away we never got to audition one.
    I would still like to hear the Rega Saturn-R and the Isis, I bet that they sound excellent.

    (we live near Nottingham, but I refuse to use Castle Sound & Vision on Maid Marion Way because the bloke has an incredibly bad attitude the last time I went in the shop.)
  12. Werner

    Werner pfm Member

    Funny thing, the original Planet CD.

    Back then I published the world's second review of it in print, beaten to it with a few days by What Hi-Fi. It sounded sweet and nice in an unusual kind of way. A bit later I found why: the use of low-end components aimed at the portables market. Probably injected just enough grunge to make it less clinically-clean than most of the competition. On the other hand, Ken Kessler in HFN&RR found it aggressive ...

    I remember vividly that the review sample died right after the group test was done. I nevertheless purchased a Planet myself. The first one died too in a few days' time. My second sample is still with me, after 25 years.
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  13. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig ^'- -'^

    No big surprise, Rega Saturn-R. My first thought when I heard it was 'this sounds like a turntable'. The overall sonic signature is very similar and it's also very engaging to listen to.

    I tried to beat it. I had a Naim CD5XS and CDX/XPS but the Rega stayed. Neither had the fluidity and natural sound of the Saturn-R and the 5XS just sounded broken by comparison.

    Still have the Rega and no real intentions of replacing it.
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  14. Martyn Miles

    Martyn Miles pfm Member

    Interesting thread.
    I did rather like the look of the original Planet, but never got to hear one at home.

    Over time I moved from a low cost Sony CD to a ‘battleship’ Sony CD player.
    Both gave musical satisfaction in the system I was using at the time.

    I owned a CD3.5 for a while and enjoyed the Naim ‘sound’, but had disc reading issues.

    Currently I own a Marantz model, which sounds right to my ears when used with a Nait
    2 and Stirling V3s.
    No doubt others models may well suit the Nait2/V3s.
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