Rega 24V High Performance Motor Upgrade Kit : This is a great product. Very easy to install even by a

The rega planar 2 i bought this for was bought in 1992 during my first year at university, and has been getting pretty regular use in all the 21 years i’ve had it. I’ve bought upgrades that have made a significant difference over the years – going from the original rega bias cartridge to a linn k5 and to its current audio technica at120 e, and also upgrading to an art usb external phono stage. A noticeable improvement was made at each step. I was a little sceptical that upgrading the motor would make a huge sonic difference, and it hasn’t, but it is definitely a noticeable improvement. The fundamental sound is still very rega planar family (which is a good thing), but the timing has improved (presumably due to more accurate speed control of the motor), the sound is a bit crisper and the background surface noise has reduced a fair bit, which is especially noticeable when listening via headphones. 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.

I was a bit suspicious of the double-sided sticky bits that hold the new motor in place but they seem to work fine. A definite improvement in sound quality. Easy to fit with a screwdriver and soldering iron.

Rega 24V High Performance Motor Upgrade Kit

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The rega planar 2 i bought this for was bought in 1992 during my first year at university, and has been getting pretty regular use in all the 21 years i’ve had it. I’ve bought upgrades that have made a significant difference over the years – going from the original rega bias cartridge to a linn k5 and to its current audio technica at120 e, and also upgrading to an art usb external phono stage. A noticeable improvement was made at each step. I was a little sceptical that upgrading the motor would make a huge sonic difference, and it hasn’t, but it is definitely a noticeable improvement. The fundamental sound is still very rega planar family (which is a good thing), but the timing has improved (presumably due to more accurate speed control of the motor), the sound is a bit crisper and the background surface noise has reduced a fair bit, which is especially noticeable when listening via headphones. 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.

Excellent upgrade for tired old rega. When my 1984 rega planar 3 started to run slow i tried all the usual ‘fixes’; new drive belt, tighten pulley on shaft; adjust the pulley on its suspension bands; oil the tt bearing but sadly the old motor pcb capacitor was fried and this is what was causing the motor to run slow after about 20-30 mins use. So i know i could have just have obtained a £2 capacitor but this latest 24v high performance motor upgrade kit really did seem worthwhile for this old but well loved turntable. 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. 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 bought this with a view to get the external power supply later for easier speed change. Sound wise i am sure it is better, but its hard to do a back to back comparison obviously. Needs soldering to install, but it is straight forward enough. Only dislike is the height adjustment, the motor mounts on double sided foam pads, and you just stick them together to get the height right. It would have been nice to be ale to use the original screw fixing system, but perhaps this is a sound transmission issue.

Rega 24V High Performance Motor Upgrade Kit : Needs choice of spindle option. Would be nice to have had a choice of spindles. I would like to have had the option for two belt operation. Particularly if later i chose to upgrade the power supply.

In my case, definitely yes, as the original (28 year old) motor had taken to oft sitting there and buzzing quietly to itself, certainly not doing anything interesting or useful like turning the platter. When it did go round, speed was far from constant. Electrical testing suggested one of the coils had died; i don’t know why, but probably simply old age. Also, upon removing the old motor, there was considerable slop in the shaft, probably a worn top bearing. Does it improve the sound quality?. Hard to say in comparison to anything, as it now seems likely the old motor was dying by degrees. But the turntable (planar 3) certainly now turns at very close to the correct speed (measuring fractionally under 33. 2 rpm), and passages that were previously slightly cringeworthy – sustained piano notes for example – are now perfectly listenable.

But he told me t’s pretty simple to install. Fundamental upgrade for rega turntables. Stage is more ample and sound more detailed. Also the thump when turning off is gone. I had installed by a technician as i’m not expert in soldering,. But he told me t’s pretty simple to install.

Needs choice of spindle option. Would be nice to have had a choice of spindles. I would like to have had the option for two belt operation. Particularly if later i chose to upgrade the power supply.

Poor instructions and overpriced. I bought this to replace my 34 y/o original motor that died. It is definitely more stable eg. On long piano notes and the deck is performing better in all respects. Price for one thing as i think this would be expensive at £100 cheaper but it is from a company that charges £12 for a spacer washer and £20 for a rubber belt. It is just an electric moter, simple pcb and transformer plug after all. 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.

Best rega upgrade you can get. Although this isn’t a difficult kit to fit it helps if you have a rudimentary knowledge of using a soldering iron. If not, i’d recommend you have it fitted by a rega dealer. Most will fit it for a small charge if not free. If you feel a need to upgrade your turntable, this really is the best upgrade you can make. Having owned a planar 2 for years i was amazed at the difference in imaging, tightness of bass and absence of any flutter. I now just listen to the music not the turntable. This upgrade does facilitate the add-on of rega’s new power supply, but unless you play a lot of 45’s the money’s better spent on a decent cartridge like an ortofon 2m and some new vinyl.

Absolutely quiet and definitely worth the cash. I hesitated to purchase, having read some negative comments , but i needn’t have worried. I paid a local electrical repair shop £30 to remove the old motors and replace.

I was a bit suspicious of the double-sided sticky bits that hold the new motor in place but they seem to work fine. A definite improvement in sound quality. Easy to fit with a screwdriver and soldering iron.

Poor instructions and overpriced. I bought this to replace my 34 y/o original motor that died. It is definitely more stable eg. On long piano notes and the deck is performing better in all respects. Price for one thing as i think this would be expensive at £100 cheaper but it is from a company that charges £12 for a spacer washer and £20 for a rubber belt. It is just an electric moter, simple pcb and transformer plug after all. 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.

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  1. This review is from : Rega 24V High Performance Motor Upgrade Kit

    Poor instructions and overpriced. I bought this to replace my 34 y/o original motor that died. It is definitely more stable eg. On long piano notes and the deck is performing better in all respects. Price for one thing as i think this would be expensive at £100 cheaper but it is from a company that charges £12 for a spacer washer and £20 for a rubber belt. It is just an electric moter, simple pcb and transformer plug after all. 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.
  2. This review is from : Rega 24V High Performance Motor Upgrade Kit

    Poor instructions and overpriced. I bought this to replace my 34 y/o original motor that died. It is definitely more stable eg. On long piano notes and the deck is performing better in all respects. Price for one thing as i think this would be expensive at £100 cheaper but it is from a company that charges £12 for a spacer washer and £20 for a rubber belt. It is just an electric moter, simple pcb and transformer plug after all. 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.
  3. This review is from : Rega 24V High Performance Motor Upgrade Kit

    This has made a great improvement on the 110volt motor fitted from new its easy to fit if you are techy minded if not dont attempted it yourself getsomeone to do it for you there is less noise and rumble and it is faster to start up.
  4. This review is from : Rega 24V High Performance Motor Upgrade Kit

    This has made a great improvement on the 110volt motor fitted from new its easy to fit if you are techy minded if not dont attempted it yourself getsomeone to do it for you there is less noise and rumble and it is faster to start up.
  5. This review is from : Rega 24V High Performance Motor Upgrade Kit

    Very easy to install even by a. Very easy to install even by a novice diy’er. It took about an hour or so to strip down the old deck and install the new kit. Just take your time and follow the comprehensive instructions provided. It helps to have a second pair of hands but not essential. The motor is very quiet and has improved the sonic qualities of the deck.
  6. This review is from : Rega 24V High Performance Motor Upgrade Kit

    Very easy to install even by a. Very easy to install even by a novice diy’er. It took about an hour or so to strip down the old deck and install the new kit. Just take your time and follow the comprehensive instructions provided. It helps to have a second pair of hands but not essential. The motor is very quiet and has improved the sonic qualities of the deck.
    1. Motor noisier than old mains motor, but you can fix this if it happens. I got one of these and fitted it, and found it made a mechanical “whirring” noise when operating where the old mains motor had been totally silent. I assumed the pulley was fouling the hole in the plinth, so i re-mounted the motor making sure there was a bigger gap between pulley and plinth, but this made no difference. It was annoyingly audible in a quiet room, physically, but didn’t affect the sound coming through the speakers. Looked on google and found that some but not all rega motors (ok, the motors that rega buys along with other tt manufacturers who use similar / the same one) have noisy bearings as the spindle just sits in a brass bush. I found this “srm/tech turntable motor thrust bearing” on amazon, ordered and fitted it, and the noise has gone away. The thrust bearing becomes the contact point for the spindle, and raises it up very slightly. This got rid of the noise for me, and was simpler than sending everything back, and results in a setup that may wear better in the long run. Other may have different experiences of course, and there are claims online that the noise can sort itself out after a period of use.
  7. This review is from : Rega 24V High Performance Motor Upgrade Kit

    Motor noisier than old mains motor, but you can fix this if it happens. I got one of these and fitted it, and found it made a mechanical “whirring” noise when operating where the old mains motor had been totally silent. I assumed the pulley was fouling the hole in the plinth, so i re-mounted the motor making sure there was a bigger gap between pulley and plinth, but this made no difference. It was annoyingly audible in a quiet room, physically, but didn’t affect the sound coming through the speakers. Looked on google and found that some but not all rega motors (ok, the motors that rega buys along with other tt manufacturers who use similar / the same one) have noisy bearings as the spindle just sits in a brass bush. I found this “srm/tech turntable motor thrust bearing” on amazon, ordered and fitted it, and the noise has gone away. The thrust bearing becomes the contact point for the spindle, and raises it up very slightly. This got rid of the noise for me, and was simpler than sending everything back, and results in a setup that may wear better in the long run. Other may have different experiences of course, and there are claims online that the noise can sort itself out after a period of use.