REGA

If anything, Rega is pragmatic. Nothing makes it into a Rega design if it does not have a functional reason to be there. If it adds complexity or cost without adding performance, it is not likely to make it into the final product.

REGA 
Call it idiosyncratic, but they view a HiFi component as a tool to listen to music. It may mean that some new cool feature is absent, or that it isn’t the first to market. What it does mean is that you get the best possible device that does exactly what you need. 
You can easily see a high level of cleverness to Rega designs. By sharing technologies, parts and manufacturing techniques across multiple models, they are capable of keeping to the mission of ‘sensibly priced’ components. This is an area where simplicity really does work for the consumer. Sharing most non-essential parts (think knobs and buttons) and some essential parts (think arm castings and transports), Rega can build in a level performance for their basic product that is a direct result of trickle-down engineering.
BUILT BY HAND
When a product is built by hand, it’s built with great care, skill and love. Every component in a Rega product has a purpose and is manufactured by Rega or from a manufacturer near the Rega facility. From its manufacturing warehouse facility in the South East of England, Rega currently hand assembles more than 40 different products! Nothing cookie-cutter at this facility as each assembly line has its own story to tell.
Rega views manufacturing in a fundamentally different way than your average company. They view assembly as an art form, and parts are simply the materials from which art is created. To its skilled employees, it’s so much more than bolting and wiring together boxes. It’s knowing there is a better way. Machines can’t feel or touch to discern the weight or texture of each item, humans can. A machine is not committed to building the best tonearm, turntable, or whatever – a human is. So, as you unpack your Rega product, it’s important to understand that it is unique, and that a person conscientiously selected each piece to make it the very best.
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Turntables

Rega is well-known for their industry-leading turntables. With multiple different turntables, Rega has a deck for every budget and every sound system. Start off with the Rega Planar 1 and the Rega Planar 1 PLUS, two entry-level turntables that are great for beginner vinyl listeners. Upgrade to the Planar 2 which is sure to please newcomers and those looking for more performance from their turntable. The Rega Planar 3 has long been recognized as one of the finest turntables on the market and What Hi-Fi?  magazine has deemed the Planar 3 the Product of the Year for 5 years running! For those looking for even greater performance, the Rega Planar 6 offers one of the finest turntable experiences at its price points. For the aficionado vinyl lover who needs a top-of-the-line record player, look no further than the Planar 8 and the brand new Planar 10. These turntables set the bar for performance and value, and the Planar 10 competes with turntables that cost many thousands more. Explore what Rega turntables have to offer below.

Planar 1 – $525.00

The new Planar 1 is the most user friendly Rega turntable to date. Now with preset bias force on the brand new RB110 tonearm, the Planar 1 is set up in seconds after unpacking.

Performance beyond price 
Every single aspect of the Planar 1 has been meticulously designed to improve performance. For the first time the Planar 1 is now running a 24v, low noise, synchronous motor to reduce vibration transfer combined with our brand new RB110 tonearm fitted with Rega’s bespoke zero play bearings. Only sharing the drive belt, sub platter and dust cover from the outgoing RP1, this is truly a new turntable from the ground up.

If you are looking to get back into vinyl and want serious performance that will last you a lifetime, then look no further.

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Planar 1 Plus – $645.00

Rega asked, how do we make the most successful turntable sound better, be even easier to use and be more accessible to a wider audience? The answer was simple: Add a custom designed, high quality, moving magnet phono stage.
For the Planar 1 Plus, we wanted to optimise this circuit for ultimate performance so we have removed the USB interface and used the money saved to improve what was already a stunning disc stage.
The new built in stage offers the ability to connect the Planar 1 Plus directly to almost any system that has a standard line input via a standard phono to phono cable (supplied) or phono to 3.5mm lead. Simply put, there is no need to purchase a standalone phono stage or use an amplifier with a built in stage. Your Planar 1 Plus will connect directly to any standard Line Level input (such as you would connect a CD player to).
There are obvious audio advantages to housing the phono stage directly beneath the tonearm. The carefully shielded tonearm wire is soldered directly to the stage which prevents any unwanted pick up via the usual external cable between the arm and stage.
The Planar 1 Plus benefits from all of the advantages of its sibling, the Planar 1, such as a low noise 24v motor, precision hub bearing assembly and hand made RB110 tonearm with a factory fitted Rega Carbon cartridge. Set-up remains possible in under 30 seconds making this the easiest to use, and most flexible Rega turntable to date.
Stick on your favourite LP, sit back and enjoy!
 
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Rega Planar 2 – $675.00

The new Planar 2 was developed over the past two years alongside the recently released Planar 3. Featuring the brand new RB220 tonearm which is packed with groundbreaking new features.

Product Details

Tonearm  Featuring the brand new RB220 tonearm which is packed with groundbreaking new features. Incorporating new ultra low friction, Rega designed, bespoke, zero play ball bearings (Patent Pending), housed within a brand new, stiffer and lightweight bearing housing which was developed with a new automatic bias setting negating the need for the user to set bias, making it almost completely plug and play apart from simple arm balancing. The new housing also includes an integrated arm clip and uses Rega’s latest custom aluminium arm tube.

Hub bearing – The Planar 2 has a new 11mm self securing brass bearing (Patent Pending) offering improved fit and less stress on the bearing preventing the transfer of potential energy.

Plinth – High gloss acrylic laminated plinth, stiffer and vastly improved appearance with ergonomically positioned power switch. Three plinth finishes available, high gloss black, white or red.

Motor – New 24v low noise, low vibration motor assembly and new PCB.

Platter – New float glass ‘Optiwhite’ 10mm – Improved accuracy platter.

Other features :

  • Re-designed feet – New improved foot assembly to increase stability and reduce vibration transfer.
  • Carbon cartridge – supplied as standard on all Planar 2’s for simple plug and play convenience.
  • Motor cover tray – with integrated cooling.
  • Optional lid / plinth protectors – supplied to prevent marks on the plinth and keep it looking its best.
  • Instructions – Easy to use multi-lingual quick start guide for easy set up.
  • Packaging – New improved packaging

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Rega Planar 3 – $995.00

The new Planar 3 is truly a new turntable for 2016 carrying over just two components from the previous model.

RB330 tonearm – Designed using the latest 3D CAD & CAM technology, the new RB330 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. Extreme stability with almost friction free movement from the new high precision bearing assemblies guarantees to gather more information from your vinyl than ever before.

  • Featuring a new bias assembly, re-designed stiffer vertical bearing housing, integrated
    arm clip and an improved spring housing with easier to read numbers.
  • Rega made, new low capacitance phono cable with Neutrik plugs,
  • Improved lower friction, precision horizontal and vertical bearings
  • New design 100g mild steel balance weight.

Plinth – High gloss acrylic, laminated plinth, stiffer and vastly improved appearance, ergonomically positioned power switch.Three plinth finishes available gloss black, white and red.

Double braces – Improved thicker 3mm phenolic bottom brace and new metalised skin phenolic top brace.

Bearing housing – Re-designed brass main hub central bearing, improved fit and construction reducing stress on the bearing itself.

Sub platter – Re-designed sub platter, improved accuracy and improved stiffness.

Platter – New float glass ‘Optiwhite’ polished rim 12mm – Improved accuracy in manufacture and stunning looks.

Re-designed foot – New improved foot to increase stability and reduce vibration transfer.

24V motor – Improved new motor control PCB with integration for the addition of Neo PSU for electronic speed change and improved advanced anti-vibration circuit (sold separately).

Motor cover tray with integrated cooling.

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Rega Planar 6 – $1,695.00

The Planar 6 is constructed around a unique ultra-light foam core plinth and laminates. The Planar 6 features the RB330 tonearm and a dual layer float glass platter.

Product Details

The Planar 6 is built around the huge success of the RP8 and RP10 turntables. It is the first new Rega turntable to be constructed with an ultra lightweight Tancast 8 polyurethane foam core plinth (a material developed for the aerospace industry). This material is sandwiched between a new HPL (high pressure laminate). HPL is exceptionally thin whilst extremely rigid and is presented in a stunning Polaris matt grey finished with high gloss polymer black edge trim.

The Planar 6 now benefits from a single piece, machined aluminum sub-platter, a new 24v motor hand tuned and matched to its own NEO power supply and custom drive pulley fitted with our upgrade drive belt as standard.

The Neo PSU uses the RP10 DSP (digital signal processing) generator built upon a high stability crystal. The DSP generator will divide the accurate signal from the crystal to the exact frequency required to turn the platter at the selected speed. The DSP generator will also produce a near perfect sinusoidal waveform to drive the motor. This, along with an efficient drive amplifier, generates a 24V AC balanced signal of less than 0.15% distortion, which is completely un-affected by any changes in the mains/line voltage and conditions. This then drives the turntables anti-vibration circuit, which is situated beneath the turntable.

Key Features:

  • NEO power supply.
  • Super lightweight foam core plinth.
  • Plinth laminate: New Polaris HPL (high pressure laminate). Non-marking matt finish scratch resistant high rigidity skin.
  • Available in one finish ‘Polaris Grey’ matt finish with high gloss black polymer edge trim.
  • Upgrade white drive belt fitted as standard.
  • Custom dual layer smoked / clear float glass platter.
  • Single piece aluminium sub platter.
  • Custom machined high precision drive pulley.
  • Patent pending, ultra-low friction central brass hub.
  • Rega’s double brace technology, with integral custom matched aluminium tonearm and hub pillars to ensure maximum rigidity and accuracy.
  • RB330 handmade precision tonearm with custom stainless weight.
  • New high spec Rega 24v low noise synchronous motor – each motor matched by hand to its own NEO PSU ensuring optimum anti-vibration control.
  • New smoked dust cover.
  • New aluminium foot trims and Planar style feet.
  • Available with Ania MC cartridge factory fitted / Discount available when factory fitted.

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Planar 8 – $3,095.00 – $4,395.00

Rega decided that instead of an evolution of the previous RP8, the new Planar 8 was to be developed and engineered to encapsulate the essence of ‘Naiad’ at an affordable price.

The Planar 8 was inspired by the ultimate Rega turntable, the ‘Naiad’. We decided early on that instead of an evolution of the previous RP8, the new Planar 8 was to be developed and engineered to encapsulate the essence of ‘Naiad’ at an affordable price. Our aim was to deliver a level of performance far beyond what has been achieved at this price point before.Every aspect of the Planar 8 is engineered to extract as much detail from the vinyl surface as possible. We have used the most advanced materials and engineering solutions built around a supremely lightweight plinth to ensure the greatest level of performance.The Planar 8 is supplied with the new RB880 tonearm and Neo PSU as standard which offers electronic speed change, advanced anti-vibration control and user adjustable electronic fine speed adjustment to ensure total accuracy and control over the motor. The outer frame of the previous model has now been removed and a new stylish, removable, single piece dustcover has been introduced further reducing the overall mass of the turntable.The Planar 8 will be available with the recommended Ania or Apheta 2 MC cartridges factory fitted at an attractive package price.Please Note: The new smaller footprint of the Planar 8 will not fit on the current Rega turntable wall bracket. We have developed a new lightweight custom Planar 8 wall bracket for this model.

Technical Specifications

Dimensions : Turntable (with dustcover fitted)

Width 420mm
Depth 315mm
Height 125mm
Weight 4.2Kg

Dimensions : Neo PSU

Width 180mm
Depth 155m
Height 50mm
Weight 0.6Kg

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Planar 10 – $5,695.00

For the Planar 10, Rega used the most advanced materials and engineering solutions built around a supremely lightweight plinth to ensure the greatest level of performance. Like its sibling the Planar 8, the Planar 10 was inspired by the Naiad.
We decided early on that instead of an evolution of the previous RP10, the new Planar 10 was to be developed and engineered to encapsulate the essence of the Naiad at a more affordable price. The Planar 10 narrows the gap between itself and the Naiad even further by using more exotic materials, carefully selected to reduce mass and improve rigidity throughout the design. New innovations in hub bearing, sub platter, motor and drive belt design have led to even greater accuracy in turntable speed which directly improve sound performance. The Planar 10 features the new RB3000 tonearm fitted with an improved, low mass, precision bias housing. We have pioneered a completely new low mass, central hub bearing assembly with improved mechanical integrity. For the first time on a Rega production turntable, a ceramic top brace delivers ultimate rigidity and accuracy whilst creating the perfect platform between tonearm and central bearing. Finally, this entirely new player is controlled by our most advanced electronic power supply housed in a brand-new, full metal custom case designed to match the latest range of Rega electronics. Apheta 3 MC factory fitted option (Recommended). The Planar 10 will be made available with a brand new MC cartridge the Apheta 3 as a factory fitted option. This new cartridge was developed alongside the Planar 10 and is using our most advanced “Fine Line” diamond profile. As the recommended match for the Planar 10 turntable the Apheta 3 factory fitted package will be available at a discounted rate, please contact your dealer for pricing. We believe that the Planar 10 and Apheta 3 combination sets new accuracy standards in retrieving information from the record groove making this a truly ‘state of the art’ player.
Ultra-lightweight plinth
The Planar 10 is the third Rega turntable constructed using our latest technology the ultra-lightweight Tancast 8 polyurethane foam core (a material developed for the aerospace industry). This material is sandwiched between two layers of HPL (high pressure laminate). HPL is exceptionally thin and extremely rigid. This new construction makes the new Planar 10 skeletal plinth 30% lighter than the original RP10 while offering increased rigidity over the previous model.
DB Technology (Double Brace Technology)
“Mass absorbs energy – lost energy equals lost music”! A super lightweight plinth combined with a ceramic top brace and phenolic resin bottom brace mounted specifically where the increased rigidity is required (between the tonearm mounting and the main hub bearing) forms a structurally sound, “stressed beam,” assembly. This rigid plinth design prevents energy absorption and unwanted resonances which will add unnatural distortions to the music. Equally, heavier mass can transfer more unwanted energy such as motor or bearing noise directly into the rotating record. The tonearm and cartridge must to be able to read accurately, directly from the platter. This unique Rega double brace solution enables this. The use of braces instead of the complete skin allows increased thickness in these key areas, while providing further weight reduction to the plinth which directly addresses the issue of mass absorption and unwanted energy transmission.
RB3000 tonearm
The entire tonearm structure is designed to have the minimum of mechanical joints while using the stiffest materials in all critical areas. The tolerance of the RB3000 tonearm is so tight that no adhesive is used at any point throughout the construction. Our latest low mass, precision engineered, vertical bearing assembly has been manufactured to further complement the inherent design philosophy of the P10 turntable.The RB3000 tonearm uses our advanced, preloaded zero tolerance bearing assembly adjusted to less than 1000th of a mm. This gives friction free movement and zero levels of unwanted play. Simply put, friction free bearings with no play enable ridges in the record groove of less than a micron to be read.The RB3000 also uses our latest award-winning, aluminium, Rega arm tube (each one of which is meticulously hand polished, keeping mass to an absolute minimum) which was redesigned to redistribute mass and further reduce stresses and resonances. This advanced design tube increases the stiffness and rigidity of the overall assembly whilst reducing stress on the bearings even further.
Hub Bearing assembly
The Planar 10 uses a new low mass central bearing assembly. A single piece machined aluminum sub-platter and hardened tool steel spindle run inside a custom brass housing designed with improved mechanical integrity. The complete assembly is cleverly mounted within the chassis to eradicate unwanted potential energy being transferred or stored in the plinth.
Ceramic Platter
The P10 uses a custom ceramic, flywheel effect platter. The platter is produced from ceramic oxide powder which is compressed, fired and diamond cut to ensure perfect accuracy and flatness across the surface. The latest platter features a modified construction with improved coupling to the sub platter.

24v Low noise motor assembly
The Planar 10 uses Rega’s latest generation, 24v, synchronous, low vibration motor technology. Uniquely mounted using the highest level of coupling while retaining higher vibration isolation than any previous model, this new motor mounting technique (mounted from the bottom) has been taken directly from the ultimate Rega turntable, the Naiad. This unique mounting method removes all stress from the motor body whilst holding the drive pulley perfectly still. This enables better speed stability and accuracy from the turntable. The reduced vibration and more rigid mounting deliver’s superior drive from the new EBLT drive belts. Each motor is hand tuned to match its own custom matched P10 PSU power supply before fitting to the turntable to optimize the anti-vibration circuit.

EBLT Drive Belts
For three years Rega has been researching and developing with chemists the use of a bespoke new rubber compound for drive belts. Using a specialized curing system, the new drive belt offers superior consistency of modulus (a constant representing the degree to which a substance has a particular property, especially elasticity). These new belts are manufactured on Rega designed, state of the art, super-accurate tools (inspired by working with the manufacturer of high-tech Formula 1 engine parts) which produce ‘perfectly round’ and ‘dimensionally accurate’ belts, critical for perfect speed stability.
P10 PSU custom matched advanced power supply.
The P10 PSU offers the ultimate in motor control stability, convenient electronic speed change, advanced anti-vibration control and user adjustable electronic fine speed adjustment to ensure total accuracy and control over the life of the motor. Housed in Rega’s latest custom designed case, the P10 PSU is dedicated to running our 24v, low noise motor as quietly and as accurately as possible. The speed and control of the motor is achieved by using a new DSP (Digital Signal Processing) generator built upon a high stability crystal. This device will divide the accurate square wave from the crystal to the exact frequency required to turn the platter at the selected speed. The DSP core will also generate a near perfect sinusoidal waveform to power the motor. Factory set vibration removal and fine speed adjustments are then made to the power supply to tune each motor for optimal performance.
Dust Cover
The outer frame of the previous model has now been removed and a new stylish, removable, single piece dustcover has been introduced further reducing the overall mass of the turntable.
Technical Specifications
Dimensions : Turntable (with dustcover fitted)
Width 420mm
Depth 315mm
Height 125mm
Weight 4.7Kg
Dimensions : P10 PSU
Width 218mm
Depth 320m
Height 80mm
Weight 3Kg
 
 
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Cartridges

Rega Research knows vinyl playing better than anyone else. This dedication to “vibration measuring” starts with their cartridges.

Rega offers both Moving Magnet (MM) cartridges and higher-end Moving Coil (MC) cartridges.

Carbon Cartridge – $65.00

Rega Carbon is a high quality, moving magnet cartridge designed to be simple to set up, easy to install and above all, accurately reproduce music. Supplied as standard on the Planar turntable, the Carbon performs far beyond its budget price tag.

Exact Cartridge – $595.00

Each one of Rega’s moving magnet cartridges are meticulously hand assembled to the highest standard by Rega’s highly trained technicians.

Hand built moving magnet cartridge with three point mounting system and Vital profile diamond stylus with zero tolerance channel balance.

Technical Specifications

  • Output: 6.8 – 7.2mV
  • Stylus: Vital. Complex fine line micro-ground from a rectangular diamond billet.
  • Fixing: Rega three point fixing
  • Coils: High Spec parallel wound coils
  • Color: Yellow
  • Tracking Pressure: 1.75g

Ania Moving Coil Cartridge – $795.00

Using the same hand wound micro coil found in the rest of the range, the Ania is housed in a unique PPS highly rigid body, ensuring accurate construction and Rega’s three point fixing method ensuring optimum connection to the headshell.

The Ania was inspired by the success of the Apheta 2 and Aphelion MC cartridges. Using the same exceptionally complex hand wound micro coil found in the rest of the range, the Ania is housed in a unique PPS highly rigid body, ensuring accurate construction and Rega’s three point fixing method ensuring optimum connection to the headshell and automatic setting for overhang. The new body is protected by a CAD designed, clear rigid cover to protect the internal fine wires, making handling whilst fitting, safe and risk free.The Ania features a super high-powered, neodymium magnet and a coil meticulously hand wound on to an iron cross. This miniature assembly allows us greater freedom to track the vinyl groove ensuring even more detail is extracted from the vinyl.All of these features combine to deliver a balanced and dynamic performance that will engage you with your vinyl like never before.The Ania is the perfect partner for the Planar 3, Planar 6 or RP8 turntables. Factory fitted options for some models are available Please ask your retailer for details.

Rega’s Moving Coil cartridge design is unique in its approach to achieving an ultra-low mass generator which is undamped (no tie wire) using a unique rhomboid pivot for the cantilever powered by a purpose designed, exclusive to Rega, Neodymium magnet system. This type of design requires a zero-tolerance engineered cartridge body which is Rega’s area of expertise and with the Apheta 2 and Aphelion products these bodies are machined from one piece of the highest quality aluminium. This is a difficult and expensive process requiring all of Rega’s forty-four years of experience to achieve. In particular, the “zero” tolerancing of the body is required in the alignment and dimension of the pivot pad mounting hole and the magnet mechanism mounting hole relationship.

When we decided to produce a Moving Coil cartridge at half the cost of the Apheta 2, the special aluminium body could not be used, it was simply too expensive. The solution lay in an unusual polymer/glass combination called Polyphenylene Sulphide (PPS-Fortron). With 40% glass, this material could be moulded and would solve the cost problem. The special attributes of this material are its hardness and stability in shape and dimension post moulding, both critical for the performance of Ania. Now came the challenge. Rega designed and prototyped using SLA systems in just a few months, proving the validity of the design direction.

Now we had to design a production mould tool capable of extreme accuracy and long life. PPS is a difficult polymer to mould and requires special attention to how the mould tool operates. Couple this to an almost unmouldable complex shape of the Ania body and a very considerable challenge faced the Rega engineers and the toolmakers chosen. The toolmakers are of the highest technical skill level, using the most accurate Swiss EDM CNC machines, their regular customers being the military and medical industries, routinely working down to a micron (one thousandth of a millimetre).To achieve this intricate body shape required the most complex high pressure injection mould tool that Rega has ever designed. The tool has eight major parts, four of which must move in perfect synchronicity with each other to achieve each cartridge body. The design and manufacture of this “work of art” took an entire year to produce and was made exclusively by the most senior toolmaker requiring all his lifetime of artisanal experience.

Combine this special PPS body with its high specification stainless steel inserts, a unique rhomboid pivot system, a tried and tested high performance, diamond tipped elliptical stylus cantilever with low mass moving coil generator assembly and you have new market leading musicality, performance, speed, clarity, and detail as never before at this price.

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Ania Pro Moving Coil Cartridge – $1,095.00

The latest member of the Rega MC cartridge range, the Ania Pro uses Rega’s advanced Vital profile nude diamond stylus. This profile is designed to extract as much detail from the vinyl surface as possible.

The latest member of the Rega MC cartridge range, the Ania Pro uses Rega’s advanced Vital profile nude diamond stylus. This profile is designed to extract as much detail from the vinyl surface as possible. The Ania Pro delivers tight bass, warm midranges, and accurate top end frequencies to offer a well balanced and detailed performance. Using Rega’s unique hand-wound micro coil found in the rest of the MC range, the Ania Pro is housed in a unique PPS highly rigid body, ensuring accurate construction and Rega’s three point fixing method which offers the optimum connection to the head-shell while automatically setting overhang. The new body is protected by a CAD designed, red rigid cover to protect the internal fine wires, making handling when fitting, safe and risk free. The Ania Pro features a super high-powered, neodymium magnet and a coil meticulously hand wound on to an iron micro cross. This miniature assembly allows for greater freedom to track the vinyl groove guaranteeing even more detail is extracted from the vinyl. All of these features combine to deliver a balanced and dynamic performance that will engage you with your vinyl like never before. The Ania Pro is the perfect partner for the Planar 3, Planar 6 or Planar 8 turntable and a factory-fitted option will be available for both Planar 6 and Planar 8. Please ask your retailer for details.

Product Details

Rega’s Moving Coil cartridge design is unique in its approach to achieving an ultra-low mass generator which is undamped (no tie wire) using a unique rhomboid pivot for the cantilever powered by a purpose designed, exclusive to Rega, Neodymium magnet system.

This type of design requires a zero-tolerance engineered cartridge body which is Rega’s area of expertise and with the Apheta 3 and Aphelion products these bodies are machined from one piece of the highest quality aluminium. This is a difficult and expensive process requiring all of Rega’s forty-four years of experience to achieve. In particular, the “zero” tolerancing of the body is required in the alignment and dimension of the pivot pad mounting hole and the magnet mechanism mounting hole relationship.

The Ania Pro body uses a unique polymer/ 40% glass combination called Polyphenylene Sulphide (PPS-Fortron). The special attributes of this material are its hardness and stability in shape and dimension post moulding, both critical for the performance of Ania. Now came the challenge. Rega designed and prototyped using SLA systems in just a few months, proving the validity of the design direction.

Now we had to design a production mould tool capable of extreme accuracy and long life. PPS is a difficult polymer to mould and requires special attention to how the mould tool operates. Couple this to an almost unmouldable complex shape of the Ania body and a very considerable challenge faced the Rega engineers and the toolmakers chosen. The toolmakers are of the highest technical skill level, using the most accurate Swiss EDM CNC machines, their regular customers being the military and medical industries, routinely working down to a micron (one thousandth of a millimetre).To achieve this intricate body shape required the most complex high pressure injection mould tool that Rega has ever designed. The tool has eight major parts, four of which must move in perfect synchronicity with each other to achieve each cartridge body. The design and manufacture of this “work of art” took an entire year to produce and was made exclusively by the most senior toolmaker requiring all his lifetime of artisanal experience.

Combine this special PPS body with its high specification stainless steel inserts, a unique rhomboid pivot system, a tried and tested high performance, diamond tipped elliptical stylus cantilever with low mass moving coil generator assembly and you have new market leading musicality, performance, speed, clarity, and detail as never before at this price.

Technical Specifications:

Tracking Pressure 1.75 – 2.00g
Input load impedance 100 ohms
Output impedance 10 ohms
Nominal output voltage 350μV
Channel Balance ≥ 20μV
Separation ≥ -29dB
Mass 6g

Key Features:

Iron Micro cross & coil assembly
One of the world’s smallest MC generators.
Cutting edge neodymium magnet.
Vital profile nude diamond stylus.
High specification fine wire.

Load settings for adjustable MC stages

Impedance -100ohm
Capacitance – 1000pF
Gain setting – High (‘On’ position for Rega phono stages)

Fono MC dip switches settings (factory set at Rega)
Aria MC dip switch settings for all Rega MC models

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Apheta 3 Moving Coil – $1,995.00

The Apheta 3 features a super high-powered, neodymium magnet and a coil meticulously hand wound on an iron cross that is 50% smaller than the MK1 model. This weight reduction allows for greater freedom to track the vinyl groove.

For more than 15 years Rega has been perfecting its unique designs of moving coil cartridges. Rega has pioneered undamped micro mass generation systems coupled with high integrity jointless bodies. In recent times, they have achieved new levels of power from rare earth magnets. This 15 year evolution using the latest technological manufacturing process and recognized laws (Flemings) resulted in the hugely successful Apheta 2. With the Apheta 3, Rega has pushed another boundary, for several years engineers at Rega have been developing state of the the art diamond profiles of a “Fine Line” design mounted through 90 degrees (the same technique used in the Aphelion reference model). This work has resulted in the Apheta 3 extracting even more detail from the record groove which, of course, translates into more music. Apheta 3 features a super high-powered, neodymium magnet and a coil meticulously hand wound on an iron cross that is 50% smaller than the MK1 model. This weight reduction allows for greater freedom to track the vinyl groove. The Apheta 3 is housed within a completely redesigned, single piece, aluminium anodized body and protected by a CAD-designed, smoked rigid cover to protect the internal fine wires, making handling whilst fitting safe and risk free. The Apheta 3 is the perfect partner for the latest Planar 8 and Planar 10 turntables. The Apheta 3 can be supplied factory fitted at a discounted package rate. Please ask your retailer for details.

A Unique Design

Rega’s Moving Coil cartridge design is unique in its approach to achieving an ultra-low mass generator which is undamped (no tie wire) using a unique rhomboid pivot for the cantilever powered by a purpose designed, exclusive to Rega, Neodymium magnet system. This type of design requires a zero-tolerance engineered cartridge body which is Rega’s area of expertise and with the Apheta 3 these bodies are machined from one piece of the highest quality aluminium. This is a difficult and expensive process requiring all of Rega’s years of experience to achieve. In particular, the “zero” tolerancing of the body is required in the alignment and dimension of the pivot pad mounting hole and the magnet mechanism mounting hole relationship.

Conventional MC cartridges utilize a steel suspension system (tie wire) which creates a high amplitude H.F. resonance (normally around 8-12kHz). Such resonance is unacceptable and is usually damped by a rudimentary piece of foam rubber. However, the foam rubber deteriorates with age and cannot prevent the complete structure from vibrating and “ringing”.The specifics and adjustment of the tie wire and damping determine whether the cartridge is under damped (bright) or over damped (warm and bass heavy).
A happy medium is rarely achieved.This encouraged Rega to pursue a new direction inspired by modern materials and the basic laws of magnetism. The Apheta 3 contains neither a tie wire nor a foam damper. Moving coil aficionados will all recognize the long search for super clear, high frequency combined with firm, tight bass, characteristics all Rega moving coils exhibit.

Technical Specifications

Tracking Pressure 1.9 – 2.00g
Input load impedance 100 ohms
Output impedance 10 ohms
Nominal output voltage 350μV
Channel Balance : ≥ 20μV
Separation : ≥ -29dB
Mass 6g

Key Features :

Iron cross & coil assembly 50% smaller than the original Apheta .
One of the world’s smallest MC generators.
Cutting edge neodymium magnet.
Vital profile nude diamond stylus.
High specification fine wire.

Load settings for adjustable MC stages:

Impedance -100ohm
Capacitance – 1000pF
Gain setting – High (‘On’ position for Rega phono stages)

Aphelion 2 Moving Coil Catridge – $4,995.00

The ultimate in micro engineering, precision, innovation and craftsmanship. The Aphelion 2 is the perfect partner for the multi-award winning Planar 10 turntable and can be supplied factory fitted as a discounted package.

Product Details:

The hand built Aphelion 2 Moving Coil cartridge is the ultimate in micro engineering and design. This ground breaking new cartridge is guaranteed to retrieve more music from your vinyl than ever before.

To improve stiffness, we are using a boron rod cantilever to increase tracking accuracy and ultimate performance ‘Fine Line Type’ profile. Rega’s Moving Coil cartridge design is unique in its approach to achieving an ultra-low mass generator which is undamped (no tie wire) using a unique rhomboid pivot for the cantilever, powered by a purpose designed, exclusive to Rega, neodymium magnet system. This type of design requires a zero-tolerance engineered cartridge body which is Rega’s area of expertise and with the Aphelion 2 these bodies are machined from one piece of the highest quality aluminium. This is a difficult and expensive process requiring all of Rega’s forty-seven years of experience to achieve. In particular, the “zero” tolerancing of the body is required in the alignment and dimension of the pivot pad mounting hole and the magnet mechanism mounting hole relationship.

Specifications:

Tracking Pressure 1.9g
Input load impedance 100 ohms
Output impedance 10 ohms
Nominal output voltage 350μV
Channel Balance : ≥ 10μV
Separation : ≥ -29dB
Mass 6g

Key Features:

Graded zero tolerance black anodized aluminium body
Boron rod cantilever
‘Fine Line Type’ profile nude diamond stylus
Iron micro cross & coil assembly making one of the worlds smallest MC generators.
World’s most powerful minaturized neodymium magnet.
High specification fine wire 0.018mm

Load settings for adjustable MC stages

Impedance -100ohm
Capacitance – 1000pF
Gain setting – High (‘On’ position for Rega phono stages )

MC dip switch settings for all adjustable Rega MC cartridge models.

Tonearms

RB220 Tonearm – $395.00

The RB220 is the latest incarnation of one of Rega’s most popular tonearms.The latest design takes full advantage of Rega’s brand new arm tube and the current three point arm mounting system.

The RB220 uses Rega’s custom one piece, aluminium arm tube, carefully manufactured to optimise performance and reduce stress on the Rega designed polymer bearings (patent pending). Each tonearm is meticulously hand assembled using custom Rega made tools and torque settings to guarantee optimum performance. This level of care ensures perfect track-ing and maximises the amount of information the cartridge can extract from the record surface.
The RB220 has pre-set bias making this arm even easier to set-up than previous models. The Rega designed bias system will adjust the amount of bias as the tonearm tracks the record ensuring even tracking and negating the need for user setting.
This Rega tonearm is a precision crafted product. To create the low friction levels and meet minimum mass requirements, many parts of the arm are delicate and require careful handling. The arm should always be treated with respect and under no circumstances should any part be removed or tampered with. Any attempt to modify or repair this product, other than by an official Rega retailer listed on http://www.rega.co.uk, will invalidate the lifetime warranty.

Rega is famed for its tonearm designs. One unique characteristic of these designs is the achievement of near frictionless movement horizontally and vertically whilst having no measurable free play in the bearing assemblies (and in reality one or two microns of pre load). So, why has Rega spent over thirty years and invested so heavily in this area of tonearm design where the removal of even microns of movement has been pursued?

Click here to download the full article The importance of zero play in tonearm bearings

RB220 Instructions

RB330 Tonearm – $595.00

Rega has worked tirelessly to improve every aspect of this new tonearm. Offering improved ergonomics, usability and sonic performance.

Features of RB330 tonearm

Designed using the latest 3D CAD & CAM technology, the new RB330 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.

Extreme stability with almost friction free movement from the new high precision bearing assemblies guarantees to gather more information from your vinyl than ever before. Featuring a new bias assembly, re-designed stiffer vertical bearing housing, integrated arm clip and an improved spring housing with easier to read numbers.Rega made, new low capacitance phono cable with Neutrik plugs.Improved lower friction, precision horizontal and vertical bearings.

Rega is famed for its tonearm designs. One unique characteristic of these designs is the achievement of near frictionless movement horizontally and vertically whilst having no measurable free play in the bearing assemblies (and in reality one or two microns of pre load). So, why has Rega spent over thirty years and invested so heavily in this area of tonearm design where the removal of even microns of movement has been pursued?

Click here to download the full article The importance of zero play in tonearm bearings

RB330 Instruction Manual

RB880 Tonearm – $1,195.00

Designed using the latest 3D CAD & CAM technology,the new RB880 is the culmination of almost 40 years of tonearm design experience. This tonearm features a new aluminium vertical bearing housing.

A brand new low mass precision engineered vertical bearing assembly has been manufactured to further complement the inherent design philosophy of the RP8 turntable. The RB808 uses the latest Rega arm tube. Completely redesigned to redistribute mass, further reduce stresses and resonances. This advanced design tube increases the stiffness and rigidity of the overall assembly using CAD design to blend the multiple varying tapers.

Externally we have fitted a bespoke Rega designed low capacitance phono cable. Which uses an advanced phono plug assembly. This has only two parts to minimise joints and incorporates a twist and clamp design locking the plug to the terminal. The design increases connectivity and ensures the signal path is kept as clean as possible.

Rega is famed for its tonearm designs. One unique characteristic of these designs is the achievement of near frictionless movement horizontally and vertically whilst having no measurable free play in the bearing assemblies (and in reality one or two microns of pre load). So, why has Rega spent over thirty years and invested so heavily in this area of tonearm design where the removal of even microns of movement has been pursued?

Click here to download the full article The importance of zero play in tonearm bearings

RB808 Instruction Manual

RB3000 Tonearm – $2,195.00

The RB3000 is Rega’s new evolution of the tonearms. Each RB3000 is hand selected to match the Planar 10 it is paired with.

The RB3000 uses improved bearings with each one being hand selected to be an interference fit with the paired spindle matching both the inside and outside diameters. This is a Rega developed method of increasing the amount of detail retrieved from the record surface, designed specifically to maximise performance of the tonearm and cartridge.

Product Details:

The entire tonearm structure is designed to have the minimum of mechanical joints whilst using the stiffest materials in all critical areas. The tolerance of the RB3000 tonearm is so tight that no adhesive is used at any point throughout the construction. A brand new, low mass, precision engineered, vertical bearing assembly has been manufactured to further complement the inherent design philosophy of the RP10 turntable.

The RB3000 uses the latest award winning Rega arm tube. Each one which is meticulously hand polished (keeping mass to an absolute minimum) and has been completely redesigned to redistribute mass and further reduce stresses and resonances. This advanced design tube increases the stiffness and rigidity of the overall assembly whilst reducing stress on the bearings even further.

Technical Specifications

Rega is famed for its tonearm designs. One unique characteristic of these designs is the achievement of near frictionless movement horizontally and vertically whilst having no measurable free play in the bearing assemblies (and in reality one or two microns of pre load). So, why has Rega spent over thirty years and invested so heavily in this area of tonearm design where the removal of even microns of movement has been pursued?

DACs and CD Players

Rega is more than just analog, they’re digital, too! View Rega’s selection of CD Players and Digital-to-Analog Converters (DAC).

Apollo CDP – $1,195.00

The new Apollo CDP’s uses the same electronic circuit found in the hugely successful Apollo-R. Re-housed in our latest custom aluminium case to match the new styling of the Brio amplifier, the Apollo utilises Rega’s own custom chipset and software.
Analogue & digital outputs
Development of the analogue, digital and control domains ensured direct improvements of both analogue and digital outputs making the Apollo a perfect partner for the Rega Brio amplifier and an ideal ‘CD format’ front-end for the Rega DAC.
Compact case design
The Apollo is housed in our latest custom half-width case to match the Brio amplifier.
The top loading mechanism offers ease of use and unrivaled reliability.
Digital to analogue conversion
The output amplifier of the Apollo uses the high specification Wolfson WM8742 digital to analogue converter, the same integrated circuit found in the multi-award winning Rega DAC’s.
Power supplies
The Apollo uses ‘digital’ power supplies feeding the CD processor, optical block and laser diode amplifier.
This is achieved by using the same high performance, low noise power supplies found in the same location within the Rega reference CD player. This vastly improves the playability, error correction and the ‘inner core’ processing of the digital CD ‘spinner’ part of the Apollo.
Output amplifier
The discrete output amplifier has a THD of 0.0025%, whilst at the same time improving the overall sound quality of the output amplifier.
User interface
The user interface is controlled by using a dedicated display micro-processor, which eases the workload on the main control processors giving an improvement in the control code stability, usability and improved speed of initialisation of the disc being played.
Dedicated CD mini system remote control
A new dedicated CD remote handset is supplied as standard which also has the advantage of Rega amplifier functionality.
 
High Specification Wolfson WM8742 DAC
Advanced Output amplifier circuit
Advanced Digital power supplies
Intelligent user interface
Advanced Analogue & Digital outputs
CD remote with amplifier functionality
Dimensions W 220mm x D 342mm x H 90mm
Shelf height required to operate CD lid fully extended is 170mm
NB. Lid will operate comfortably within a shelf height of 150mm without fully extending.

Saturn-R CDP & DAC – $2,995.00

The Saturn-R CD-DAC player offers complete flexibility and integration into any system. Essentially two products in one, the Saturn-R houses a high specification transport and independent DAC circuit.

CDP Features

The Saturn-R uses our proven digital to analogue converter and analogue output amplifier technology coupled with a pair of Wolfson WM8742 digital to analogue converter IC’s. The Saturn-R has improvements to the CD section power supply which was a result of the research & development of our reference Isis CD player along with the improved microcontroller and display drivers.

Technology

The Saturn-R uses a high stability master clock and high capacity power supply in the CD circuitry, high performance PLL digital interface receiver, isolated digital inputs and high performance power supply architecture in the DAC circuitry. Signal switching between the CD and DAC functions are performed in the digital to analogue converter stage. The signal path of the CD section in CD mode is kept to a minimum.

USB 192kHz-24bits asynchronous

The DAC USB input has been improved with asynchronous operation at sample rates of 44.1 to 192kHz with a bit rate of up to 24bits. The USB input has the same galvanic isolation as used in the Rega DAC-R. The USB uses dedicated drivers in the computer, enabling full ASIO operation, thus eliminating signal degradation caused by generic windows based drivers.

Saturn-R XMOS USB DRIVER V2.15.0

Before you can use the USB function of the Saturn–R you must first download the Rega USB Windows driver and install it on your PC.

Located under ‘ Product Downloads’ on this webpage.

Follow the instruction for installation. Once installed, USB will be ready to use. This driver is not required for MAC OS.

PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOUR SYSTEM IS CONFIGURED CORRECTLY TO OUTPUT HIGH RESOLUTION FILES WITHIN YOUR CHOSEN AUDIO/MEDIA PLAYBACK SOFTWARE.

If your PC does not default to the connected USB audio device you must select the XMOS AUDIO DEVICE FROM THE DROP DOWN LIST.

ISIS Reference – $9,995.00

Rega’s flagship CD player, the Isis, is a product manufactured to the highest achievable quality inside and out including Rega’s own unique CD technology, genuine black chrome lid and front facia and a custom solid anodised aluminium case.
One important design goal was to take the current output, with no internal amplification within the D to A converter, and convert this to an analogue voltage, using discrete class A operational amplifiers and filters.
This circuit can then be optimised for sonic performance. (With most CD players the use of standard operational integrated circuits locks you into the sound of those particular integrated circuits, thus narrowing the scope for improvement). The class A current to voltage conversion amplifier, evolved out of the development of the first stage of the Rega Ios MC amplifier.
It shares identical demands of low noise, high drive capability and gain bandwidth required of the voltage to current amplifier. Careful choice has been made for every component in the digital and the analogue signal path to ensure the integrity of the signal.
The analogue and digital sections are bonded together using a substantial ground plane. It was found during the development of the player that adoption of RF ground plane techniques aided the sonic quality and therefore was included in the final design.
Careful design of the PCB’s ensures isolation of not just the digital and analogue sections, but also the motor, display and user interface processor. All sonically critical electrolytic capacitors have been by-passed with polypropylene or polyester film capacitors. In addition to this, large value electrolytic capacitors have also been by-passed with audio grade electrolytic capacitors.
Power supply impedances in the digital to analogue converter are kept very low by the use of solid polymer capacitors. All power supplies utilise custom Rega K-Power smoothing capacitors, along with fast diodes which have been used throughout in power supply rectification.
The Isis uses enhanced and optimised control code for the control of the CD processor and user display.This speeds up the initialisation process by means of a tighter control interface between the user micro and CD processor.
Analogue section
The analogue section employs two Burr Brown PCM1794 digital to analogue converters, running in a parallel dual mono mode, driving a high performance discrete class A current to voltage amplifier.
This combination generates an exceptionally wide dynamic range, low distortion, and linear signal. This drives an enhanced discrete Class A output amplifier. The circuit is fully balanced from the digital to analogue converters to the balanced analogue XLR outputs.
The analogue stage has its own dedicated 50VA mains transformer which ensures galvanic isolation between the digital and analogue sections of the player. You will find 10 separate power supply regulators are used in the analogue circuit and each individual amplifier stage has its own dedicated low noise voltage reference.
Digital section
The digital section is blue printed and selected, with major improvements to the mechanism, optical amplifier, DSP core, PLL, master clock & motor power supplies. Another 10 separate power supply regulators are used in the digital circuit.
The motor, user interface processor & display also have their own power supply. The digital stage also has its own 50VA transformer again ensuring galvanic isolation. The mechanism is graded and matched to the servo circuits, to ensure the servo and optical amplifiers are working at their optimum point, improving error correction and playability.
The headroom of the optical amplifier has been improved by 10% by increasing the voltage in the power supply.
Digital
This revolutionary player has been five years in design. Rega, together with its design partners have pioneered a highly advanced servo controller that uses the latest signal processing techniques to ensure that the raw data that is recovered from the disc is of the very highest quality. Because our fully digital servo can use highly advanced algorithms, the laser spot is kept in the optimum position for data recovery in terms of focus, size and tracking.
Extra Error Correction
Previous chip-sets always made compromises on error correction. Formerly it was possible to have good jog resistance or better musical performance.
The Rega chip-set allows optimum musical performance and optimised jog /vibration resistance.
Super-stable phase lock loop
The entire IC is clocked via a very special PLL of our own design. This allows better CD data recovery as well as a big improvement in the quality of the data delivered to the DAC.
Low noise digital design
In the design of our CPU IC, we went to great lengths to ensure that the data and address bus noise was kept to an absolute minimum. This ensures the ground and signal connections to the DAC are as ‘clean’ as is possible.
USB Input
Allowing direct connection to a laptop or PC via a USB A-B lead to stream internet radio, MP3 or WMA files directly from your computer via the high quality Isis internal DAC.
The USB input uses an isolated double-clocked USB interface, which permits the digital to analogue stage to be used with a computer USB interface and its own regulated power supply.
The USB benefits once again from galvanic isolation from the main circuitry of the Isis player which eliminates the flow of earth currents between the CD and host computer, and eliminate computer power supply noise.
Disc Analysis
The Isis will analyse each disc on an individual basis. During the initialising period (rather like the engine management system on a modern car which optimises the engine settings to temperature, fuel quality etc.), the Isis will adjust itself to each disc in order to give optimal trouble free reading.
For this reason the Isis will often play discs with marks or scratches that other players cannot read.
We hope that you enjoy this product as much as we have enjoyed creating it.
 
Discrete Class A operational amplifiers and filters
Optimised for sonic performance
Low noise, high drive capability and gain bandwidth
Careful design of the PCB’s
MP3 and WMA media capabilities
Audio grade electrolytic capacitors
Solid Polymer capacitors
Rega ‘K Power’ smoothing capacitors
Enhanced and optimised control code
Two Burr Brown PCM 1794 digital to analogue converters, running in parallel dual mono mode
High performance discrete Class A current to voltage amplifier
Wide dynamic range, low distortion
10 separate power supply regulators are used in both the analogue and digital circuits
50 VA transformer
The mechanism is graded and matched to the servo circuits
Rega custom designed and CNC machined aluminium case work
High quality anodised finish
Aesthetic black chrome facia and lid
CNC machined matching remote control
Dimensions W 434mm x D 350mm x H 112mm
Dimension needed to operate W 434mm x D 350mm x H 200mm
Weight 19Kg

Valve ISIS Reference – $10,995.00

Valves have been widely used in musical instrument and recording amplification from the 1950’s to the present day, therefore it made great sense to develop a valve based CD player to match that of the signal chain found in such applications.
Rega’s now legendary head electronics engineer Terry Bateman spent 10 years researching the concept of a CD player using valves in the output amplifier. Valves have been widely used in musical instrument and recording amplification from the 1950’s to the present day, therefore it made great sense to develop a valve based CD player to match that of the signal chain found in such applications.This approach kept the circuit straightforward. This is mainly because musical instrument amplification is not excessively hindered by some of the folklore surrounding certain aspects of valve audio design. He took the approach of combining the technical and sonic attributes of valves in a differential instrumentation amplifier circuit driven from differential output DAC with a passive LC filter.
The valve Isis shares the same digital and USB sections as found in the solid state version, however, the analogue stage is valve based with passive filtering. This stage uses two military specification triple mica 5814A (ECC82/12AU7) triodes being driven by the revolutionary Wolfson WM8741 ultra high performance digital to analogue converter.
The output buffer and transformer driver stage uses two ECC88 (6DJ8/6922) triodes. This, like its solid-state stable mate, is of an un-orthodox design. The design goal with this player was to keep away from the normal design approach of “let’s run it through a valve to make it sound warm”, but take advantage of industrial valve circuits to make an articulate and competent valve based CD player. Careful choice has been made for every component in the digital and the analogue signal path to ensure the integrity of the signal.
Careful design of the PCB’s ensures isolation of not just the digital and analogue sections, but also the motor, display and user interface processor. All sonically critical electrolytic capacitors have been by-passed with polypropylene or polyester film capacitors.
In addition to this, large value electrolytic capacitors have also been by-passed with audio grade electrolytic capacitors. Power supply impedances in the digital to analogue converter are kept very low by the use of solid polymer capacitors. All power supplies utilise custom Rega K-Power smoothing capacitors, and fast diodes have been used throughout in power supply rectification.
The Isis uses enhanced and optimised control code for the control of the CD processor and user display; this will speed up the initialisation process by means of a tighter control interface between the user micro and CD processor.
Technology
The differential output of the digital to analogue converter drives a valve differential (operational) amplifier, with a very modest amount of feedback to stabilise the operating conditions. The 5814A based differential amplifier, with a solid-state current generator in its tail, takes full advantage of the differential output from the digital to analogue converter. This is followed by a passive Butterworth second order LC filter. Finally, this signal is buffered using a low anode resistance ECC88 triode to drive the output and balancing transformer.
In design it was felt that unnecessarily high levels of THD would unduly overwhelm the qualities of the digital stage of the Isis. The overall THD is typically 0.06% being prominently even order, where the 2nd harmonic predominates. This will give the sonic dynamics of the valves without dominating the sonic qualities of the digital section.
After many hours of tube rolling we found the 5814A differential amplifier position was best on the grounds of micro-phonics, reliable operation and sonic qualities. Both the HT & LT power supplies are fully regulated and use the same power supply parts as used in the solid state Isis. Like the solid-state analogue stage, the Valve Isis has its own dedicated 50VA mains transformer, ensuring galvanic isolation between the digital and analogue sections of the player.
The Isis has an isolated balanced output, and in keeping with the spirit of the valve circuit topology we have opted to use a transformer in this position. This balancing transformer is made to the same exacting standards of that found in the Ios MC amplifier.
We hope that you enjoy this product as much as we have enjoyed creating it.
All these features amalgamate to create the supreme level of performance found in the Isis and provide a perfect partner for the Rega Osiris amplifier.
 
Laser Semiconductor
Wavelength 780nm
Digital sampling frequency 44.1kHz
Power Consumption 46w
Phono Unbalanced 2.4V source impedance 600 Ohms
XLR Balanced 2.4V source impedance 600 Ohms
Co-Axial SPDIF 0.5V source impedance 75 Ohms
Toslink compatible output
USB 16bit 44.1/48kHzTHD+Noise< 0.06%
Frequency Response 30Hz – 20kHz +/-0.5dB
Rega custom designed and CNC machined aluminium case work
High quality anodised finish
Aesthetic high gloss black facia and lid
CNC machined matching remote control
Dimensions W 434mm x D 350mm x H 112mm
Dimension needed to operate W 434mm x D 350mm x H 200mm
Weight 19.5Kgs

Amplifiers

Rega knows that between their award-winning turntables and your speakers, there lies the amplifier. A quality amplifier from Rega is the perfect addition to your system. With different amplifiers for all budgets, Rega gives you the power to choose how to power your system.

io Integrated Amplifier – $649.00

The new io amplifier is designed with every music lover in mind. Simple to setup and operate, the io will integrate into any hi-fi system. The compact size allows it to be used in most systems and delivers a performance well beyond its price point.

The all new io amplifier is designed with every music lover in mind. Simple to setup and operate, the io is designed to integrate seamlessly into any hi-fi system. The compact size allows it to be used in a variety of systems and delivers a performance well beyond its price point. As you would expect, there is a high quality built in MM (moving magnet) phono stage, two line level inputs, a redesigned mini remote control handset and high quality headphone output that is cleverly integrated to deliver optimum performance without compromising the audio circuit. All of these features combine to deliver a powerful, well balanced musical performance at an incredible price.

Brio Integrated Amplifier – $995.00

The Brio offers 50 W per channel into 8 Ω and a completely new case to house its improved circuits and parts. It now sits in a fully aluminum two-part case which boosts the Brio’s heat sinking capabilities.
Brand new case design.
The sleek and minimal look was designed to bring elegance to Rega’s classic style but still harks back to the swooped features hidden away in Rega’s past amplifiers. Combining all these aspects makes this Brio case a unique standpoint amongst the competition.
Re-designed circuit.
Key improvements have been made to the circuits. The PCB layout has been fully upgraded to handle higher specifications for all critical parts. A second raw power supply has been added to provide further isolation between output stage and the driver stage/line and phono amplifiers. This improves the isolation between high and low level signal stages of the amplifier. Higher specification MUSES operational amplifiers have been used in the line and phono amplifier.
Headphone Socket.
For convenience, the Brio has the capability to drive standard hi-fi headphones from the internal amplifier. Adding a headphone socket was only possible by finding a way to reduce its impact on the main signal path so it doesn’t disrupt the overall sound quality. We have paid special attention to the switch that deactivates the main speakers.
Specifications
Input sensitivities for rated output level:
Input 1 (phono) input sensitivity = 2.1mV at 47KΩ in parallel with 220pF.
Maximum Input 1 (phono) input level = 100mV
Input 2-5 (line) input sensitivity = 210mV at 47kΩ
Maximum input 2-5 (line) input level = 10.25V
Power outputs at 230/115V supply voltage:
50 Watts RMS both channels driven into the rated load of 8Ω
58 Watts RMS one channel driven into the rated load of 8Ω
73 Watts RMS both channels driven into the rated load of 4Ω
93 Watts RMS one channel driven into the rated load of 4Ω
Continued high level use into 4Ω may cause the case to exceed 40° C above the ambient temperature.
Headphone output:
No load = 8V
32Ω = 1.8V
54Ω = 2.6V
300Ω = 5.9V
Source impedance = 109Ω
Power consumption:
195 Watts at 230V/220V/115V/100V into the rated load of 8Ω
Record output level:Record output level (with rated input levels) = 210Mv.
Record output impedance = 470Ω

Frequency response:
Phono 15Hz to 40KHz (-3dB Points) / 27Hz to 20.5KHz (-1dB Points)
RIAA accuracy (100Hz to 10KHz) ± 0.4dB typically better than ± 0.3dB
Line 12Hz (-1dB points) to 43KHz (-3dB points)
Remote control batteries included – 2 x AAA Alkaline.

Fuse ratings:
T2AL 250V – 230V/50Hz and 220V/60Hz
T3.15AL 250V – 115V/60Hz and 100V 50/60Hz
Dimensions:
345mm (D) -inc volume control x 216mm (W) x 78mm (H)
Weight:
5.1kg
 
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Elex-R Integrated Amplifier – $1,695.00

The multi-award winning Elex-R is a sublime blend of the Brio design, delivering 90 W per channel into 6 ohms, with the power circuits and phono stage of the Elicit-R. Rega engineers have achieved the perfect balance of power, control and dynamics.
The Elex-R is a sublime blend of the Brio-R design with the power circuits and advanced phono stage of the Elicit-R. Rega’s engineers have achieved the perfect balance of power, control and dynamics, delivering a performance that always puts the music first.
You will find plenty of connectivity options allowing complete flexibility and integration within the rest of the Rega range.
Design Innovation
The Elex-R is built to the highest standard and designed to deliver the best possible audio performance whilst remaining simple to use and easy to setup.The Elex-R is built into the full width Rega case with increased heat dissipation, which along with a larger transformer enables the Elex-R to deliver 90 Watts per channel into 6Ω and 72.5 Watts per channel into a design centre rating of 8.
Our time, effort & money have been spent on developing the circuit and construction utilizing the highest specification of components throughout. As part of the design we have included useful features like pre-amplifier output, to enable the new Elex-R amplifier to be used in a wide combination of systems and have avoided superfluous gadgets such as tone controls or a headphone socket as they can obstruct the signal path and degrade the produced sound quality.
The Elex-R has been built to Rega’s extremely high standards of reliability and quality to ensure many years of musical enjoyment. The primary function of an amplifier is to boost and equalize the low level signal generated by a phono cartridge, DAC and CD player or other source component to a level that can drive the loudspeakers. It is vital that the amplifier achieves this whilst minimising distortion, as this would directly affect the music. The distortion level is typically 0.007%; just under the clipping of the output.
The volume control and pre-amplifier used in the Elex-R is designed to overcome the problems associated with the standard arrangement. This design uses a custom chip along with peripheral support IC’s like a microcontroller and a custom made rotary volume control.
The Elex-R uses a combined feedback and passive volume control, where the feedback and input levels are varied to set the required volume level. The level and tracking between the two channels is set by the close tolerance parts in the pre-amplifier circuit and less by the actual potentiometer itself, thus keeping the mismatch of channels due to volume control tracking irregularities to a minimum.As well as keeping tracking irregularities to a minimum, this method also reduces noise and input overload as the control will only ‘use’ the required gain to amplify the signal.This form of volume control is normally only found in professional broadcast environments where accurate low noise control of levels is required.
Power Amplifier Technology
The output amplifier used in the Elex-R, Elicit-R and Brio-R was born after extensive research by our engineers to develop a low source impedance emitter follower Class-A driver stage. This is based around a complementary pair of 150w Sanken Darlington output transistors. The technical and sonic improvement gained by the use of low impedance drivers is well known, however, it can feature high standing currents in the driver stage when using standard transistor configurations. By combining the low impedance driver with the Sanken Darlington transistors (with their imbedded thermal bias network running at a lower standing current) this combination forms a complementary emitter follower emulating Class-A conditions with good thermal stability with lower standing.
Key features
Rega custom full width case with improved heat dissipation
Combined feedback & passive volume control pre-amp
90 watts per channel into 6 Ohms / 72 watts into 8ohms
High specification integrated phono stage
New multi-lingual user manual
Enhanced power supplies for the driver stage
Hybrid of the Brio-R and Elicit-R design
Dedicated mini remote handset included
Pre-amp out / Record out / 4 line inputs
New custom transformer
Specifications
Power Supply
Voltage: 230v & 115v
Frequency: 50/60Hz
Power Consumption: 250 Watts
230v Fuse: T3.15AL 20mm
115v Fuse: T5AL 20mm
Dimensions W 430mm x D 320mm x H 80mm
Output power
72.5W 8Ω both channels driven – Design centre rating
90W 6Ω both channels driven – Rega speaker impedance rating
113W 4Ω both channels driven
Phono input
Sensitivity (72.5W 8Ω1.7mV (Load 47K in parallel with 220pF)
Maximum input level: 100mV
Line input
Sensitivity (72.5W 8Ω 164mv (Load 30-50K)
Maximum input level: 10v
Tape output
Level: 164mV with rated input
Output impedance: 470
Line output
Level: 625mV with rated input
Output impedance: 600

Elicit-R Integrated Amplifier – $2,995.00

The Elicit-R has been designed and engineered to the highest standard. The Elicit-R will deliver the best possible audio performance whilst remaining simple to use and easy to setup.
The Elicit-R has been designed and engineered to the highest standard. The Elicit-R will deliver the best possible audio performance whilst remaining simple to use and easy to setup. Our recent development work in amplifier design circuitry has allowed us to further advance the Elicit-R performance by using new and improved power amplifier circuits (based around the hugely successful Rega Brio-R amplifier).Combined with FET discrete line level pre-amplifiers and a programmable stepped attenuator volume control, ensuring greater levels of performance and control over the delivery of power. The Elicit-R is supplied with the new Solaris system remote handset offering full control over this and all of the current ‘R’ range of electronics.Winner of the WHAT HI-FI? AWARDS 2014, 2015 & 2016 for Best stereo amp.
Technology
The output amplifier used in the Elicit-R was born after extensive research by our engineers to develop a low source Class A driver stage, based around a complementary pair of Darlington output transistors, forming an emulated Class A driver stage.
Features
The Elicit-R includes a high quality, built in, moving magnet phono stage designed to maximise the potential of your vinyl system. A simple switch on the rear panel allows the same input to be switched to a secondary set at line level. This input is specially configured to offer further isolation and reduce noise. This makes it ideally suited for connection of more sensitive products such as an external MM or MC phono stage.
If your system is not vinyl based, the same socket allows this line input to be used with any line level product (such as a CD player or DAC), ensuring maximised connectivity via the back panel. These features, coupled with Polypropylene capacitors throughout the signal path, improved power supplies and increased output power to 100 watts per channel, all housed in a brand new custom designed case, combine to give the best performance Elicit to date.

*The design of the Elicit-R benefits greatly from running warm. To ensure best performance it is recommended to allow the unit to reach optimum temperature before critical listening.
105 Watts per channel into 8
127 Watts per channel into 6
162 Watts per channel into 4
Input sensitivity for 105 Watts into 8
Line inputs (input 1 switch set to line) 1-5 and record – 196mV load 10K
Phono (input 1 switch set to phono) – 2mV Load 47K in parallel with 220pF
Direct input – 760mV Load 50K
Power amplifier gain – 31.6dB
Record output – 196mV for rated inputs
Pre-amplifier output – 760mV for rated inputs
Dimensions: W 432mm x D 325mm x H 82mm
Weight – 13kg

Aethos Integrated Amplifier – $4,795.00

The Aethos stereo amplifier is housed in a brand new custom designed case. Employing four 160 W 16 Amp output transistors per channel, this delivers 156 W per channel into 6 Ohms.
The Aethos is a dual mono design using a custom wound toroidal transformer and regulated supplies for the sensitive amplification and driver stages. The pre-amplifier stage uses class-A discrete circuitry throughout. The Aethos is a no compromise product with one goal, to deliver your music as faithfully as possible. The Aethos has been built to Rega’s high standards of reliability and quality to ensure many years of musical enjoyment.
DESIGN INNOVATION
Our time, effort & money have been spent on developing the circuit and construction, utilizing the highest specification of components throughout. As part of the design we have included useful features such as the switchable direct input and preamplifier output, to enable the new Aethos amplifier to be used in a wide combination of systems. The headphone socket has been integrated such that the speaker switching is performed by the output mute relay as so not to obstruct the signal path and degrade the sound quality.
Rega has taken the design concepts underpinning the multi award winning and hugely successful Elex-R and Elicit-R and propelled the performance to the next level and beyond with a 125watt dual mono design with features such as fully discrete FET based line amplifier, polypropylene capacitors throughout the signal path, K-Power reservoir capacitors, power amplifier regulated supply and a high current output stage comprising of four 160w Sanken output transistors per channel.
VOLUME CONTROL AND LINE AMPLIFIER TECHNOLOGY
The Aethos uses a high performance combined feedback and passive volume control plus line amplifier, which was originally developed for the Elex-R. Improvements have been made to the volume control and line amplifier stages in the Aethos with the use of discrete FET input operational amplifiers using the Linear Systems LSK389 FET and the well-respected RK27 ‘Blue Velvet’ potentiometer. The feedback and input levels are varied to set the required volume level. The level and tracking between the two channels is set by the close tolerance parts in the pre-amplifier circuit and less by the actual potentiometer itself, thus keeping the mismatch of channels due to volume control tracking irregularities to a minimum, further improving on the performance of the RK27 potentiometer. As well as keeping tracking irregularities to a minimum, this method also reduces noise and input overload as the control will only ‘use’ the required gain to amplify the signal. This form of volume control is normally only found in professional broadcast environments where accurate low noise control of levels is required.
POWER AMPLIFIER TECHNOLOGY
The power amplifier used in the Aethos is an improved higher power version of the power amplifier used in the Elicit-R and Elex-R. The output amplifier used in the Aethos, was born after extensive research by our engineers to develop a low source impedance emitter follower Class-A driver stage. This is based around two complementary pairs of 160w Sanken Darlington output transistors. The technical and sonic improvement gained by the use of low impedance drivers is well known, however, it can feature high standing currents in the driver stage when using standard transistor configurations. By combining the low impedance driver with the Sanken Darlington transistors (with their imbedded thermal bias network running at a lower standing current), this combination forms a complementary emitter follower emulating Class-A conditions with good thermal stability and lower standing currents in the driver stage. Due to the nature of the Rega power amplifier circuit we are able to run two complete output stages in parallel, this includes the output transistors, bias network and pre diver transistor this is instead of paralleling just the output transistors as normally found. This ensures the 125 watt output is achieved with complete ease.
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Power outputs at rated 230/115 V supply voltage:
125 W RMS both channels driven into the rated load of 8 Ω
156 W RMS both channels driven into 6 Ω
Note: Continued high level use into 6 Ω may cause the case to exceed 40 °C above the ambient temperature and activate the thermal shutdown.
Headphone output:
No load 
12.5 V
32 Ω 2.7 V
54 Ω 4 V
300 Ω 9 V
Source impedance 109 Ω
Record output:
Record output level (with rated input levels) 219 mV
Record output impedance 560 Ω
Pre-amp output:
Pre-amp output level (with rated input levels) 840 mV
Pre-amp output impedance 100 Ω
Input sensitivities for rated output level:
Input 1-5 and record input sensitivity 224 mV @ 17 kΩ
Maximum input level 11.5 V (record output amplifier overload point)
Direct input sensitivity 840 mV @ 50 kΩ
Power amplifier gain 31.6 dB
Frequency response @ 100 W into 8 Ω:
Line input 1-5 and record 10 Hz (-0.8 dB point) to 30 kHz (-0.5 dB point)
Direct input 10 Hz (-0.8 dB point) to 50 kHz (-0.5 dB point)
THD+Noise @ 100 W into 8 Ω:
Direct input (Power amplifier only)Typically 0.007% @ 1kHz (measurement bandwidth 22 Hz to 30 kHz)

Line input Typically 0.007% @ 1kHz (measurement bandwidth 22Hz to 30KHz)
Power consumption Maximum output: 415 W @ 230 V / 220 V / 115 V / 100 V into the rated load of 124 W RMS into 8 Ω
Fuse ratings T3.15 AL 250 V – 230 V/ 50 Hz and 220 V / 60 Hz
T6.3 AL 250 V – 115 V / 60 Hz and 100 V 50/60 Hz
Dimensions W 17″ x H 3.75″ x D 14.17″ (including speaker terminals)
Weight 38.6 lbs
 
 
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Osiris Integrated Amplifier – $9,995.00

The Osiris is the culmination of 32 years’ experience in solid-state amplifier development. A no compromise, super high performance, 162 Watts into 8 Ohms (250 Watt 4 Ohms), dual mono amplifier housed in a custom Rega CNC machined aluminium case.
The Osiris is the culmination of 32 years’ experience in solid-state amplifier development. A no compromise, super high performance, 162 Watts into 8 Ohms (250 Watt 4 Ohms), dual mono amplifier housed in a custom Rega CNC machined aluminium case. Designed around “minimalist” high gain power amplifier and “passive pre-amplifier” circuit topology, a passive volume control and a single stage of power amplification between the input and the speakers, the Osiris offers unrivalled performance and build quality.All these features combine to create the supreme level of performance found in the Osiris and provide a perfect partner for our Isis CD player. We hope that you enjoy this product as much as we have enjoyed creating it.
Technology
The Osiris uses a low distortion high linearity and a bandwidth common base voltage amplifier driver stage. This type of symmetrical circuit topology will provide the necessary voltage swings to enable the Osiris to drive any speaker system with the minimum of distortion. Eight Sanken 200 Watt output transistors are used in a “triple” high current output stage enabling the Osiris to drive even the most awkward of speaker systems with ease. The cascoded differential input amplifier uses two low noise LED referenced current generators. The open & closed loop feedback levels and gain bandwidth product components are optimised to give a tight and controlled sound stage, especially at the low frequency end of the audio range. Nichicon audio grade capacitors are used in bypass and de-coupling positions. Electrolytic capacitors have been bypassed with polyester capacitors where necessary, improving on the HF performance. Low inductance film SM power resistors are used in the output stage.
Power Supply
The Osiris uses two low noise, purpose designed 400VA toroidal transformers using high-grade, fully bonded core material. The transformers are mounted to the chassis using Rega’s innovative mounting technique which eliminates noise being transferred from the transformer to the case when the transformers are operating under arduous mains (line) conditions with high levels of asymmetric mains (line) distortion.
These transformers combined with 40,000 Micro Farads of Rega K-Power smoothing capacitors per channel, provide more than enough current to drive the hardest of loads. All the power supplies utilise fast recovery rectifier diodes throughout. (Fast diodes generate less high frequency switching noise therefore giving rise to a cleaner DC).
The input and low-level driver stages are fed from a regulated symmetrical tracking power supply with a low noise voltage reference, which provides a fully stabilised low noise voltage, ensuring the highest level of sonic purity. All the dedicated audio power supplies feed only the audio circuits. The input switching, display & micro controller and protection circuits have their own dedicated supplies, keeping the audio signal path as pure as possible.
 
Thermal cut out
Electronic thermal DC protection
Short Circuit Protection
Galvanically isolated power supply
Nichicon Audio Grade Capacitors
Cascoded differential input
Direct Input
High Specification mains lead
Custom aluminium Osiris remote control
Specifications at 160w into 8Ω
Power output 162 Watts per channel RMS
Input sensitivity for 160 Watts into 8Ω 250 Watts into 4Ω
Amplifier gain: Direct input 44dB
Record output 215mV into 100K
Frequency Response 10Hz (-1.7dB point)
THD + Noise Less than 0.05%
Power consumption 560W at 115/230V
Dimensions: W 434mm x D 350mm x H 122mm
Weight 25.6kgs

Phono Stages

The perfect pairing for your Rega Turntable, Rega’s selection of Phono Stages are sure to please. With a wide selection of phonos ranging from the Fono Mini to the reference-level Aura, you’ll be able to fit a Rega phono stage into your sound system and budget.

Fono Mini A2D – $175.00

New look launched January 2019!
The latest version of the multi-award winning Fono Mini A2D is now available. This a the same multi award winning product in a new updated restyled case to bring it in line with the rest of the Rega range.
New, Updated look launched January 2019!
The latest version of the multi-award winning Fono Mini A2D is now available.
This a the same multi award winning product in a new updated restyled case to bring it in line with the rest of the Rega range.
The Rega Fono Mini A2D is a high quality phono pre-amplifier for use with any moving magnet cartridge. The addition of USB interface allows you to easily transfer vinyl to your PC. The Fono Mini A2D is designed to amplify the signal from a moving magnet cartridge to a suitable level for all line level inputs of an audio amplifier. The new Fono Mini A2D benefits from an extruded aluminium case and very user friendly front and back panels that make this phono pre-amplifier a very easy product to use.
The Fono Mini A2D amplifier offers exceptional performance and incredible value for money and promises to be a valuable addition to any hi-fi set up.
To transfer vinyl to your PC, you will need to install a digital audio editor. Such software is widely available as a free download (such as Audacity), from the internet. This is a simple interface which allows monitoring of volume and balance whilst transferring your audio to your PC hard drive.
Audio editing software includes a level meter which indicates the output level achieved when playing a piece of vinyl. You should adjust the output as necessary via the ‘Level’ control located on the front panel. Always take special note of record levels to ensure optimum recording quality.
This is a cost effective version of the Fono MM and based on the phono amplifier as used in the Brio-Ramplifier.
Input sensitivity: 5mV for 500mV output
Input loading: 47k +100pF
Maximum input level: 70mV @ 1kHz
Output Impedance: 100 Ohms
Signal to noise ratio: 78dBA ref 5mV
Power requirements: 24VAC 85mA
Input for full scale digital output: 7.5mV
Dimensions W 102mm x D 125mm x H 30mm

Fono MM – $395.00

The new Fono MM phono stage has been designed to be effective, easy to use, and above all, to reproduce music. The Fono MM uses a fully discrete, cascaded, complementary amplifier input stage.
The RIAA equalization has been split into two stages to minimise interaction. Polyester capacitors have been used in the signal path and polypropylene capacitors are used in the RIAA equalization circuits.
The aesthetic design of the Fono MM was as important as the quality of its electrical capabilities, so it benefits from the same aluminium case as the Rega TTPSU and Fono MC amplifier, giving it a design which offers a familiar feel and moreover brings it in line with its illustrious bigger brothers.
 
Input sensitivity = 1.7mV for 200mV output
Input loading = 47KΩ in parallel with 100pF
Maximum input level = 60mV at 1KHz
Gain = 41.4dB at 1KHz
Output impedance = 200Ω
Recommended minimum output load resistance = 5KΩ
Frequency response (50KΩ output load) = 15Hz (-3dB) to 100KHz (-0.2dB)
RIAA accuracy (50KΩ output load) = better than +/-0.2dB 100Hz to 100KHz
Power requirements = 24V AC at 80mA maximum.
Only to be used with Rega PS1.

 
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Fono MC Phono stage – $495.00

The Fono MC is an exceptionally high quality MC phono stage designed to maximise the potential of any MC cartridge. Although designed to compliment Rega moving coils, adjustability is available via dip switches conveniently placed on the rear panel.
The Fono MC is an exceptionally high quality MC phono stage designed to maximise the potential of any MC cartridge. Although specifically to compliment the latest Rega range of moving coils you will find full adjustability for loading is available via dip switches conveniently placed on the rear panel with two different gain settings located on the back panel making the Fono MC compatible with most low output MC cartridges.
The Fono MC has been designed to be effective, easy to use, and above all, to reproduce music. The Fono MC uses the Linear Systems low noise LSK389 FET in an all discrete input stage where low noise and linearity are vitally important to get the best from an MC cartridge. Because of the high input impedance of FET, the loading effects of the amplifier circuit are minuscule and do not affect the performance of the cartridge.
A MUSE operational amplifier is used in the RIAA equalization amplifier. Polypropylene capacitors have been used in the signal path and in the RIAA equalization circuits. There is selectable input loading for both resistance and capacitance along with two different gain settings located on the back panel making the Fono MC compatible with most low output MC cartridges.
The aesthetic design of the Fono MC was as important as the quality of its electrical capabilities, so it benefits from the same aluminium case as the Rega TTPSU and Fono MM amplifier, giving it a design which offers a familiar feel and moreover brings it in line with its illustrious bigger brothers. The new Fono MC circuit resulted from the design work carried out on the Aria phono amplifier.
 
The Fono disk stage is designed to amplify the signal from a moving coil cartridge to a level which can feed into a 200mV line level input on a standard hi-fi amplifier.
Specifications
Output impedance = 200Ω
Recommended minimum output load resistance = 5K
Frequency response (50KΩ output load) = 13Hz (-3dB) to 100KHz (-0.3dB)
RIAA accuracy (50KΩ output load) = Better than +/-0.2dB 100Hz to 100KHz
Power requirements = 24V AC at 150mA maximum. Only to be used with Rega PS1.
Input sensitivity (for 200mV output)
4 off = 133uV
4 on = 67uV
Input loading resistance
1 and 2 off = 400Ω
1 on = 100Ω
2 on = 150Ω
1 and 2 on = 70Ω
Input loading capacitance
3 off = 1000pF
3 on = 4300pF
Gain (at 1KHz)
4 off = 63.5dB
4 on = 69.5dB
Maximum input level (at 1KHz)
4 off = 6.7mV
4 on = 3.4mV
Load settings for adjustable MC stages
Impedance -100ohm
Capacitance – 1000pF
Gain setting – High (‘On’ position for Rega phono stages)
 
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Rega Aria Mk.3 – $1,495.00

Housed within our latest half width custom designed case to give it a fresh new look and match the range are two entirely separate, high performance phono stages. One fully adjustable, dedicated moving coil and one moving magnet.
New styling May 2020!
Note: All Aria MK3 MC settings will be factory preset for all Rega MC cartridge models. See Specifications below for more information.
The Aria is an “all analogue amplifier” with no digital control circuitry. The fully aluminium case screens the internal circuit from any stray RFI signals. Our designers have avoided including any superfluous gadgets as they obstruct the signal path and degrade the sound quality. The Aria incorporates many innovative design ideas including a self-adjusting servo control to keep the MC input circuit at its optimum, compensating for any variations in ambient or operating temperature.
Both stages have their own separate input sockets and input pre-amplifier circuitry. This enabled us to design bespoke input circuitry for each cartridge type without compromise. Signal switching is performed at high level and low impedance (via relays) ensuring there is no degradation of the signal.
MC Stage Design & Features
The MC input uses parallel connected, low noise FET’s (Field Effect Transistor’s) configured as a compound pair. The use of FET transistors ensures there is no bias current flowing in the cartridge coil so as not to upset the delicate magnetic geometry of the cartridge. The MC input has the provision for selecting resistive input loading of 70ohms to 400ohms and capacitive loading of 1000pF to 4200pF. The input sensitivity can be changed by 6dB via the back panel.
MM Stage design & features
The MM input uses low noise, bipolar input transistors also configured as a compound pair. There are two separate power supplies for each channel and further sub-power supplies for each of the low noise input circuits. Nichicon FG electrolytic capacitors have been used in critical positions throughout the power supplies. Polypropylene capacitors have been used in the signal path and equalization networks. Discrete circuitry is used throughout the signal path ensuring full control of the circuit design.
 
Technical Specification
Maximum output level = 11v RMS
Rated output level = 200mV
Output resistance = 100Ù
Minimum output resistance for a –3dB point at 15Hz = 1K
AC supply 230v & 115v Nominal +/- 10%
230v 20mm Fuse T250mAL
115v 20mm Fuse T500mAL
Power Consumption = 10 Watts
Ambient operating temperature 5 to 35°C
Dimensions: W 218mm x D 315mm (325 incl earth nut) x H 78mm
 
Aria MC dip switch settings for all Rega MC cartridge models.
Please Note: All new units are factory set as below and no adjustments are required.


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Aura Reference Moving Coil Pre-Amplifier – $5,995.00

The Rega Aura is a three stage, all symmetrical pre-amplifier. The first stage is a symmetrical, complementary class A amp using parallel connected Linear Systems ultra-low noise FET transistors configured as a symmetrical compound pair input stage.
The Rega Aura is a three stage, all symmetrical pre-amplifier. The first stage is a symmetrical, complementary class A amplifier, using parallel connected Linear Systems ultra-low noise FET (Field Effect Transistor) transistors configured as a symmetrical compound pair input stage. The use of FET transistors ensures there is no bias current flowing in the cartridge coil so as not to upset the delicate magnetic geometry of the cartridge. The input circuit configuration also alleviates the use of any coupling components between the cartridge output and the input stage FET transistors, which would degrade the sound. The complementary ultra-low noise FET transistors are carefully graded and matched for optimum performance. This stage drives the passive high frequency part of the RIAA equalisation stage.
The second stage is a symmetrical, class A, differential amplifier with a common base driver stage; this is also used as the active amplifier in the low frequency part of the RIAA equalisation stage. The third stage inverts the signal to provide the balanced output along with the output of the second stage; the third stage uses the same circuit topology as used in the second stage. The power supply is a symmetrical, discrete tracking power supply using fast diodes and a low noise voltage reference. Each stage has its own localised power supply and LED referenced current generators. To maximise headroom, the Aura has a power supply voltage, which is 60% higher than normally found in such a pre-amplifier. Very high quality, polypropylene capacitors have been used in the signal path. 1% tolerance polypropylene capacitors are used in the RIAA EQ stages and audio grade capacitors are used in the rest of the circuit. Gain, Mute and Mono switching is implemented using high quality relays.
Gain
Please note: mute or turn the volume control to minimum when changing the gain setting. The gain setting switch selects the voltage gain of the phono amplifier. Gain I selects 69.5 dB (switch out) and Gain II selects 63.5 dB (switch in); this will provide an input sensitivity of 67 μV and 131 μV respectively for an output level of 200 mV unbalanced and 400 mV balanced. The balanced output is effectively 6 dB higher than the unbalanced output. It is advisable to start with the lower gain setting II and if necessary, increase the gain level to I if more level is required for lower output cartridges. Because the balanced output is effectively 6 dB higher, it could be advisable to select gain II setting when using the balanced output; this will also depend greatly on the sensitivity of the connected amplifier.
Capacitance
There are five different input capacitance settings of 1000 pF, 2000 pF, 3200 pF, 4300 pF & 5700 pF. Select the required capacitance to match to that specified by the manufacturer in the cartridge specifications. It is permissible to try different loading conditions as sometimes changing the capacitance gives a different sonic performance more suited to your personal taste; this also applies if there is no loading capacitance specified by the manufacturer. To match some ‘legacy’ pre-amplifiers, select 5700 pF. The 1000 pF setting is optimised for the Rega range of MC cartridges.
Load Settings
There are five different input load settings of 50 Ω, 100 Ω, 150 Ω, 300 Ω & 400 Ω. Select the required load to match to that specified by the manufacturer in the cartridge specifications. It is permissible to try different loading conditions as sometimes changing the load gives a different sonic performance more suited to your personal taste. To match some ‘legacy’ pre-amplifiers, select 400 Ω. The 100 Ω setting is optimised for the Rega range of MC cartridges.
Mute
Allows you to mute the signal when changing the gain setting, in-between tracks or when changing records.
Mono
This function allows you to play mono recordings via a stereo cartridge.
 
General Conditions
Generator Source Resistance 20 Ω
(Audio Precision Z Out)
Load set to 100 Ω and capacitance set to 1000 pF (Apheta and Aphelion)
Output Load Resistance 100 kΩ
(Audio Precision Z In)
Input Sensitivity for 200 mV on Unbalanced Output
67 μV – 69.5 dB Gain Setting I
131 μV – 63.5 dB Gain Setting II
Gain Input to Unbalanced Output
63.5 dB Minimum
69.5 dB Maximum
Input Load
50, 100, 150, 300 & 400 Ω
Capacitive Load
1000, 2000, 3200, 4300, 5700 pF
Input Overload @ 1 kHz
9.6 mV – 63.5 dB Gain Setting
4.9 mV – 69.5 dB Gain Setting
Rated Output Level
Unbalanced 200 mV
Balanced 400 mV
Maximum Output Level
Unbalanced 14.5 V RMS
Balanced 29 V RMS
Balanced Output Connections
Balanced XLR connectors pin2 positive and pin3 negative.
The positive pin2 connection on the balanced output is the same connection as the unbalanced output.
Output Resistance
Unbalanced 100 Ω
Balanced 200 Ω
Absolute Minimum Output Load Resistance (for a –3 dB roll off @ 20 Hz)
500 Ω Unbalanced
1000 Ω Unbalanced
RIAA Accuracy (Better Than)
0.2 dB 100 Hz to 50 kHz
Frequency Response
13.5 Hz (–3 dB) to 100 kHz (–0.2 dB)
THD
Typically 0.03 % @ 1 V 20 Hz 20 kHz (Bandwidth 100 Hz to 22 kHz)
Output Noise Level (Unbalanced Output, A-Weighted and 15 Ω Input Load)
-77 dB V (69.5 dB Gain Setting I)
-82 dB V (63.5 dB Gain Setting II)
AC Supply
230 V & 115 V Nominal +/- 10 %
Power Consumption
15.3 W
“There’s a problem with the Aura, Steve. one song in and I never want to leave the house again. its massive sounding. really impressive. wow.” – M Counts of Hawthorne Stereo
 
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Speakers

Listen to your music in a whole new way with Rega loudspeakers.

Kyte Speakers – $795.00

The Kyte Loudspeaker has been designed to deliver the true Rega sound at an affordable price. Using a ZRR high frequency unit and a handmade pair of MX-125 bass-mid drivers, this compact bookshelf speaker is designed to complement any audio system.

Become immersed in the stunningly natural sound of the Kyte loudspeakers system. Meticulously designed to deliver the true Rega sound at an affordable price. Using our own ZRR high frequency unit and a handmade pair of Rega MX-125 bass-mid drivers, this compact bookshelf speaker is designed to complement any hi-fi or audio system.

Rega fans out there will know that we have always questioned the marketing and science surrounding turntables. Experiments and research have allowed us to debunk most commonly held beliefs and use real engineering to produce world beating sound quality at sensible prices. However, the loudspeaker market is very different because a valid scientific and engineering discipline exists which in turn has created hundreds of competitors in the loudspeaker marketplace. The success of many loudspeakers depends on powerful marketing, eye watering advertising budgets (of which Rega spends zero) and financial inducement to retailers. The funds that most loudspeaker companies would spend on marketing Rega has put it all in to research and develop to achieve a totally unique cabinet constructions and our own high frequency unit and bass/midrange driver (incorporating a four layer voice coil). We even manufacture and wind our crossover components in house.

So why phenolic? Historically the accepted perception of a loudspeaker was a rectangular shaped wood veneered cabinet to compliment household wood furniture.

The market has always demanded loudspeakers to be furniture and since the 90’s European manufacturers were left with the choice of Far Eastern manufacturing or inflated prices for home built wooden cabinets. However, recent times have seen the world change styling perceptions and there has been a wholesale investment in modern moulding shapes and the use of functional materials. Injection moulded plastic loudspeaker cabinets are not new but flexible moulded plastic has been reserved for the PA world or small desktop loudspeakers where convenience and portability were a priority over sonic performance. This more recent domestic acceptance of non-wood functional cabinet shapes has allowed Rega to achieve a long term dream. We have made a massive investment into injection moulding of stiff thermoset phenolic resin and collaborated with British company to achieve it. The natural stiffness of phenolic resin is a big advantage which has been further enhanced with ceramic plates and a complex internal cross brace structure. This unique cabinet constructions has been achieved at one third of the price of other British made quality loudspeakers.

Experience Rega

Experience the true voice of Rega components with the all new Kyte loudspeaker system. The Kytes are meticulously hand assembled in house using our unique design phenolic resin cabinet. Internally they feature ceramic plates and carefully engineered cross bracing developed to make the cabinet extremely stiff. This prevents unwanted resonances interfering with the accurate output of the drive units and directly improves both dynamics and the bass performance from the speaker. The Kytes are easy to position and are supplied with an optional foot to allow for various positioning giving the user greater flexibility.

Features

  • Custom designed Phenolic Resin Cabinets
  • Unique ceramic plate & cross brace construction
  • Handmade MX-125 Bass/Mid unit
  • Rega-designed ZRR High frequency unit
  • Bass reflex design, rear ported
  • UK designed and manufactured
  • Lifetime warranty against manufacture defects

Technical Specifications

  • System: 2 way
  • Enclosure Design: Bass reflex, rear ported
  • Cabinet Construction: Phenolic resin
  • Mid / Bass Unit: Rega MX-125
  • Impedance: Nominal 6 Ω
  • Sensitivity: 89 dB
  • High Frequency Unit: Rega ZZR
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 325 x 188 x 232 mm
  • Weight (each): 3.73 kg
  • Power Handling: 80 W per channel (this figure is intended purely as a guide as it depends on the quality of amplifications used).

RS10 Loudspeaker – $12,995.00

The Rega RS-10’s have been designed to integrate perfectly into any system. Initially designed to complete our reference range, the RS10’s provide the perfect partner for the Isis CD player, Osiris amplifier and RP10 turntable.
The Rega RS-10’s have been designed to integrate perfectly into any system. Initially designed to complete our reference range, the RS10’s provide the perfect partner for the Isis CD player, Osiris amplifier and RP10 turntable.The RS-10 loudspeaker system offers the user the ability to adjust its performance to suit different locations via our ‘environment match’ adjustment feature.We have pioneered the integration of a BMR unit with the unique Rega ‘dual driver bass system’ and a completely new and exclusive Rega designed tweeter to create a very special and unique loudspeaker which offers unparalleled levels of control balance and dynamics.
The RS-10 loudspeaker uses a BMR (Balance Mode Radiator) to handle the majority of the audible music spectrum.The BMR design concept was conceived as a full range driver handling all musical frequencies from bass through to treble with a single driver and no crossover. This concept works remarkably well and produces a musical transparency normally associated with electrostatic loudspeakers. However no concept is perfect and a single BMR can only produce limited bass output and some people may prefer more precise musical images. Most loudspeaker systems have a crossover point for the mid-range driver and tweeter between 2kHz and 3kHz.
This can upset the vocal region with distortion and phase shift. It is also where the human ear is most sensitive. Therefore with use of the BMR unit, Rega has been able to design a crossover point above the most critical range. The high frequency capability of the BMR, has allowed the two units to integrate to 6 kHz. This gives massive improvements in sound quality with greater clarity and detail in the music. Rega has pioneered the integration of a BMR with the unique Rega dual driver bass system and a completely new and unique Rega designed and UK manufactured tweeter.
The high frequency sound of a BMR is so good that the quality level of any normal tweeter will not combine with it. This is why Rega felt compelled to design a new and unique tweeter that would complement the BMR unit. This new tweeter, the ZRR-10, uses Rega’s ZRR (Zero Rear Reflection) technology combined with an unparalleled production technique that allows the silk dome to be assembled directly onto the front plate thus eliminating a major source of unwanted vibration. Each tweeter is meticulously hand assembled at Rega’s factory in the UK and incorporates a copper Faraday ring which extends the frequency response of the tweeter up to 23kHz by lowering inductance of the voice coil.
Read about Rega’s ZRR HF Unit Technology here
For bass frequencies, the RS-10 uses two separate bass drivers connected in parallel. The drivers are different sizes, have different resonant frequencies and operate with individually separate cabinet loadings. A 200mm driver with a lightweight paper cone, 8 layer voice coil and a resonant frequency of 40Hz operates in a transmission line with port output extending below audibility coupled with a 125mm driver also with a lightweight paper cone, 8 layer voice coil and resonant frequency of 75Hz which is loaded by a small sealed cabinet.
This system eliminates the normal single bass resonance by spreading smaller resonances across the entire bass frequency band and incorporates a degree of self-damping due to the parallel connection with the amplifier.
The result is a much tighter and more tuneful bass register which can be adjusted in level to suit room characteristics. The loudspeaker can also be moved closer to or further from a wall resulting in an increase or decrease of low frequency to suit personal preference.
Read about Rega’s Bass Resonance Technology here
The EMS (Environment Match Settings) allows the user to adjust the loudspeakers to suit a room. Altering these settings changes the balance between the lower and higher frequencies. Simply adjusting the positions between the three available settings on the rear of the speaker gives you maximum flexibility in the most awkward of rooms.
 
Crossover: Multiple high voltage parallel polypropylene capacitors with iron dust and air core inductors / Average impedance 6 Ohms.
Crossover frequencies:
Bass to Mid 300Hz
Mid to High Frequency 6kHz
ZRR-10 tweeter unit sensitivity 88dB
8 layer 125mm bass drive unit – 75Hz
8 layer 200mm bass drive unit – 40Hz /Bi-wireable
Bi-ampable – Yes
Cabinet construction and finish:
Available in High gloss Cherry, Piano Black or Walnut
25mm thick high density cabinet, 1/4 wave transmission line design
Cabinet dimensions:
H 1005mm x D 440mm x W 200mm
300mm foot print.
Weight per speaker: 38Kg.
Power handling figures are quoted as a guide.
Amplification between 30w and 500w can be used safely depending on the quality of amplification.


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