First observation from just unpacking. This is NOT just another Rega. This is not a tweaked RP8. This is something different.
As a long time Rega fan and owner, (P3, P25, RP6, P7 and P9), this is a totally different Rega experience. With Rega, you could admire the performance they gave for the price, but you were always aware of the fact that corners were cut, and the savings were often a bit too obvious. It never effected the listening experience, but using it, or even looking at it, could lead to not the greatest pride of ownership. This was actually what lead to me selling my RP6.
The Planar 8 is something else again. It feels so well engineered, so completely thought it, it's hard to believe it's a Rega. It's early yet, but I am seriously impressed with what they have created.