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So the Rega show at the Stormont went really well. Exclusive first looks at the new Rega Elicit-R amplifier, RS7 speakers and the RP-8 turntable.
We compared RP1 turntable to the RP3 with a Brio-R amplifier and RS5 speakers. Then on to the RP6 turntable with Elicit-R amplifier vs the RP8, both through the RS7 speakers. The top system was acclaimed as best in show despite other systems costing 5 times more! That's what Rega do, even their top gear is really really good value.
The RP8 turntable was played with the Apheta moving coil cartridge, what a combination, and the bundle price of £ 2198 makes it amazing value.
The Elicit-R amplifier at £ 1598 outperforms some that are far more expensive and already has a waiting list, and the RS7 speakers sound and look gorgeous, £2020 in high gloss black, £ 1838 in wood.
Want to know more about Rega products?
Paul Darwin from Rega has now recorded 8 YouTube videos of 4-5mins each. To find out more about individual Rega products click to view below
REGA RP3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkrRvx_1urA&feature=relmfu £475 to £549
REGA RP6 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VSZIzzgYDw&feature=relmfu £799 to £ 999
REGA LOUDSPEAKER http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVZlGl-7phM&feature=relmfu £438-7998
REGA DAC http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEhdLC9JwcU&feature=relmfu £ 548
REGA APOLLO-R CD http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQVoElBTHXw £ 548
REGA BRIO-R AMP http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JF7kM5PhA9I £ 498
A PASSION FOR MUSIC http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZAhN26zWJ0
New Rega Elicit-R amplifier announced. When Rega discontinued their successful Elicit amplifier a few months ago it was pretty obvious that an updated version was to come. Not so obvious was how much work they were doing. Brand new circuits, power supplies, casework, remote, in fact this bears no relation to the old one and is a significant upgrade in every area. Launcing v soon, £ 1598 more news and pics to follow
First reviews are incredible, a possible favourite for a BIG award in October?
What Hifi say "One of the best Stereo amps we’ve heard at this price.
It’s staggeringly agile and its ability to reveal the subtlest detail is admirable" 5 Stars
Hifi Choice say " First class timing, plenty of power, massive musicality" 5 Stars
So what is the only downside? Be patient, waiting list, already quoting late September delivery for new orders
NEW ENTRY LEVEL REGA CARTRIDGE, an upgrade for your elderly Rega Planar
If you have a venerable Rega Planar 2 or 3 with a tired cartridge and belt then treat it to a new lease of life for not much outlay
Rega announce the new Carbon cartridge to refresh the parts of your vinyl old needles dont reach
Priced at only £ 29 the Carbon will be better than your 10 year old cartridge simply because it is new, the Elys at £ 69 is noticeably better again
At the same time your old belt will be stretched and the turntable running just slightly slow as a result. Pre-CD we used to change belts every year, and they will be stretched just by being on the turntable for years. Rega also have an improved belt for better grip and longevity. Treat your old Planar to a new lease of life for not very much.
Put the spring back in it's step and the smile back on it's face
Prices: Original Black Belt £ 12, Upgraded White Belt £ 21
Carbon cartridge and Black Belt £ 59 fitted and tested
Carbon cartridge and White Belt £ 68 fitted and tested
Rega also have a strong range of better cartridges, Bias2 £ 69, Elys2 £ 119, Exact £ 255
Rega in the press continue from strength to strength with New Awards across the range.
Turntable of the Year for the RP3 with Elys at £ 549
Best Turntable £750-1000 for the RP6 , £ 798 or £998 with Exact cartridge
Best Amplifier for the Brio-R at £ 498
Rega is the most individual, performance driven, enthusiastic, quirky, and music-loving group of people you will ever find.
They are also real manufacturers, almost everything they do is made in-house with precision and efficiency. This incredible focus means that when you purchase a Rega product it will reward you with a musical performance that is the be-all and end-all of it’s existence. In addition it will last for many years, and also be serviceable in the unlikely event that you do need their great back-up.
There is only one criticism ever levelled at Rega. Supplies can be slow. Well if you want a low volume, hand made, high performance music system then just be patient and wait a week or two, or possibly three or four! It's a lot faster than mass-market cars made in tens of thousands! Deliveries used to be much longer, now we aim to supply most Rega products in 3 weeks, 4/5 maximum, and we are working closely with Rega to achieve this
Starting out with famous award winning turntables Rega has evolved to produce fine loudspeakers and electronics with a unique emphasis on performance over fashion, and elegant simplicity over fussy features.
Every product is honed and refined to offer the best possible performance but engineered to keep the final price you pay to a minimum.
Even the high-end cd and amplifier, Isis and Osiris, at £6125 each are considered by Stereophile magazine to be an incredible bargain.
Check out the Rega range:
Turntables RP1, turntable of the year, super value at £ 240 complete with cartridge and ready to play
Next up is the RP1 with Performance Pack Upgrading the cartidge to the Rega Bias, upgrading the belt and the mat gives you a supercharged RP1 where you can hear a real improvement.
Available factory fitted at £ 299 complete, or add it later to your RP1 for £ 85
The Rega 3 is the most famous Rega of all. Too many awards to list over the years, and the latest incarnation, RP3, won another What Hifi award last year, and is overall Turntable of the Year for 2013
Priced at £ 475, or more usually £ 549 including a Rega Elys2 cartridge worth £ 119, the RP3 is brilliant value for money, with unrivalled sound performance anywhere near this price. In fact the biggest competition is are you tempted by an RP6?
The RP6, pictured at the top of this article, features a dedicated motor power supply to reduce noise and vibration, a new 16mm glass flywheel platter, and a gorgeous high gloss finish.
RP6 on it's own is £ 798, and as with the Rega RP3 there is an excellent cartridge deal. The precision Exact cartridge is £ 250, however if you order one with your RP6 you can have it factory fitted to your turntable at £ 998 complete
NEW RP8 ANNOUNCED, and we have been demonstrating it.
Briliant new skeletal design, big jump above the RP6, and great value when purchased with an Apheta cartridge at £ 2198 complete
NB If you are getting back into vinyl and your amplifier doesnt accept a turntable then Rega have a simple solution, Fono Mini USB sorts this for only £ 85. Also if your amp is old/cheap/never really interested in vinyl this could be the best £ 85 you could spend to make it sound lots better. Ask us for advice on that if you know your amplifier make and model.
The all-new Rega Apollo-R cd player is a great piece of engineering. Simple top loading design and the dac set developed for the award winning Rega DAC means another bargain triumph from Rega
The DAC at £ 499 is great value, so getting the Apollo including that dac performance for only £ 549 is a steal!
The complementary Brio-R amplifier uses the same custom case finished in black or silver as the Apollo CD.
Some Class A thinking, ha ha, has produced a little 50W gem that works with a wide range of loudspeakers and is comfortably effortless and dynamic at low volume levels before the second stage of it's 150W output devices kick in.
499 earth pounds is all you need to own a piece of stellar design
NEW ELICIT-R amplifier now shipping.
Traditional Rega detail and musicality with enough ooomph to drive and control most speakers
Sets a new standard for big integrated amplifiers and great value at £ 1598
Rega's no nonsense approach also applies to some clever clever speakers. Choose from bookshelf, small floorstander, medium floorstander, large floorstander, to suit your room, system, and pocket
RS1 bookshelf, just 320mm high by 150mm wide and sounding oh so sweet, .
Just £ 438 per pair in standard finishes, cherry/black ash, then 10% extra for high gloss
RS3 compact floorstanders, still only 224mm wide including the feet and 800 tall, these are the What Hifi favourites at £ 778
Next up are the medium floorstanders,RS5 at £ 998. Still only 830mm tall by 246 wide the RS5s generate an extra level of bass performance from a side mounted 7" bass unit. Designed to be placed close to a back wall, these are discreet in any room. RS5s are very easy to drive, so they match perfectly with a very wide range of amplifiers. It's actually hard to find an amplifier that they don't sound great with! I am delighted to let you hear these anytime as everyone loves them.
RS7 is the top floorstander in this range. For room-filling sound in a larger area these are easy, dynamic, detailed, and play all types of music with assurance. Still not a huge speaker at 988 tall
by 246mm wide by 346mm deep,£ 1838 per pair might seem like a lot, until you hear them. The quarter wave transmission line design gives a smooth deep bass response with enough efficiency to make these easy to drive. Rega has roots in transmission line going back to the classic Ela speakers and the original Rega speakers I owned, I think they were called ELX in 1982! These RS7s are outstanding. Call in for a listen, disappointment not included!
Imagine that for 20 years plus you have been universally acclaimed as the best value hifi in existence. During these years you have seen manufacturers come and go, and many of them have had big price tags, big reviews, and big reputations. In many many products a big heavy cabinet, plinth, or over the top metal case has blinded folk to mediocre sound and dubious engineering.
So one day Rega felt enough was enough. Let's design and manufacture a no-holds barred cd player, amplifier, and speaker system. It will be expensive, but still far cheaper than lots of overblown, overpriced, and underwhelming poseurs.
Step forward the Isis cd player, Osiris amplifier, and now the RS10 speakers to complete the system. Isis and Osiris have no compromises. They are as good as a cd and amplifier can be. They sound amazing. Worldwide acclaim has followed their launch, with one revered USA magazine even placing the Isis as it's true reference ahead of products costing 4/5 times more. This never usually happens, as the American magazines are religious about keeping price bands separate. This avoids embarrassing confrontations with your advertisers.
Production is limited. If all Rega products are hand built, the Reference range is checked, rechecked, and listened to before the 25kg each components are packed in their wooden transit cases.
Most of the Rega Reference amplifiers and cd players are sold in pairs. This is partly because they match so beautifully, however there is another practical reason. At £ 6125 each these units are great value. Think Porsche level engineering. At £12250 for the pair it's a serious hit, so here is a little something to sweeten the deal. Isis and Osiris, delivered and installed in your home for £ 11250 including interconnect cables, and £1000 left to treat yourself to a trip.
And for an encore....... Rega Reference have added the RS10 loudspeakers. Just over a metre tall, 440mm deep, and packed full of new technology that needs explaining. ZRR tweeter system, BMR mid units with no crossovers in the critical vocal range, 2 different bass units tuned to eliminate any resonances, hangovers, or interpolation, every part of these beauties has benefitted from truly original thinking. Ok, so £ 7998 may be a stretch, but wow, wow, wow, it's a lot for the price.
Isis, Osiris, RS10, cables, install, all problems solved? £ 18,500, Easy. Also remember that we undertake to trade back in any hifi we have ever sold at a fair market price. If it's time to make a jump to a complete new system like this give us a call. It may be easier than you think to arrange a deal that suits everyone!