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You hear about another great review for Rega and immediately wonder which turntable it's for
Not so fast, 2 great reviews for Rega amplifiers.
The Rega Brio-r has had excellent reviews worldwide as one of the best mid-range amplifiers available
Now Rega have improved it and the reviewers love it even more.
It's now called Brio-r, the only part that hasn't changed
The smart new case is obvious and inside has bigger changes.
Even though the power stays at 50 watts beefier internal power supplies mean more dynamics,
more small details at low volumes and also better performance at high volumes.
Adding a headphone socket gives a wider appeal and great care has been taken to
have a high performance headphone amplifier as more and more people use headphones.
The only downside is a small price increase from £ 548 to £ 598,
it's still a bargain!
Speaking of bargains, the Rega Elex-r was recently made What Hifi's amplifier of the year at up to £ 1000.
Now a new review in Hi Fi Choice is even more glowing, if that's possible
In a group test against Cambridge, Cyrus, Audiolab and Naim they describe the Rega as 'untouchable'
So they've gone and done it again! The engineers at Rega weren't content with just improving the Planar3 and bringing back a Planar2, they've only just gone and upped the ante with an all-new Planar1 as well.
Of course this was all part of a masterplan as research carried out for the Planar 3 impacted on and improved the 2 and the One.
The new One features a brand new improved tonearm, a new platter and shares the ultra low-noise 24v motor with the Planar2.
Factory fitted with a Rega Carbon cartridge this is Rega's trademark value-for-money, a real bargain at just £ 248
The all new Rega Planar Two
While working on the Planar3 the design team at Rega had a cunning plan to make a new Planar2
Looking very similar to the 3, the new 2 features the same bearing, motor and lid, but that's all!
The glass platter is lighter than the 3
The motor can't be upgraded with a better power supply unlike the 3
There is a new tonearm, the RB220, whereas the Planar 3 features higher tolerance bearings and the sprung tracking force on the RB330
The Planar 2 comes with a factory fitted Rega carbon cartridge
All this for just £ 375
For those wanting to take it further a Performance Pack upgrade featuring a Rega Bias cartridge, uprated belt, and the better mat from the Planar 3 will be made available later at £ 99
We are now demonstrating the Planar2 in-store
Replacing the multi award winning and five times What Hi-Fi? Product of the Year (RP3) was never going to be an easy task.
It took Rega's team of designers headed up by Roy Gandy, two years to develop the all new 'Planar 3' following the biggest re-design of the iconic 'three' model ever seen.
The Rega team have improved every aspect of this turntable offering improved ergonomics, usability and first and foremost, sonic performance.
The new ‘Planar 3’ is truly a new turntable for 2016 carrying over just two components from the previous model.
Check out this lyric video: Michael on the Planar3
Also check out this thorough review
The Rega RX series is now playing in the shop,
Prices now confirmed at RX1 £ 798, RX3 £ 1298, RX5 £ 1698
REGA loudspeakers have recently lived in the shadow of their unbelievable turntables, cd players and amplifiers.
I remember the glory days of the Rega Ela speakers when they swept all before them so I'm looking forward to a return to that when Rega launch the all-new RX range later this year. Three models are on the way, a classy looking bookshelf speaker at £799, small floorstanders £1300ish and a larger model with a side mounted unit promising big bass from a reasonably sized cabinet at around £1700.
Now on dem and they live up to expectations, great sound, neat sizes
and the new cabinet finishes are superb, love the rich walnut
If you want a big detailed sound from a small cabinet look no further
Advertising Linked to good magazine reviews?
With many companies we all suspect that if not 'payment in kind' then at least it's related to advertising.
In Rega's case it can't be, Rega don't advertise!
2014 and 15 Awards for RP1, RP3, and RP6 turntables, £230, 549, 1099
Brio, Elex Amplifier of the Year, and Elicit amplifiers, £ 549, 899, 1598, and the DAC, £ 549
The only possible explanation is that Rega make great products
click this link for Vinyl Turntable Tales
New Rega Product Announced
A new amplifier, the Elex-R, in simple terms this combines the preamp of the Brio with the power stages and case of the Elicit to give a great amp for £ 898. Looks like an Elicit, good, 90W/channel, good, stripped down without digital inputs and save £700, excellent if you don't need the inputs. Now in-store and on demonstration, it's great, and the magazines have just agreed by giving it 5 stars and ranked above Cyrus, Naim, Roksan.
Rega are on a roll, everything they do is so good!
*Award winning Rega products - turntables RP1, RP1PP, RP3, Apollo CD, Saturn-R CD, Brio-R amplifier and Elicit-R amplifier*
Fantastic review on the Apollo-R cd player:
“The Apollo-R is a brilliant disc spinner – it is mesmerisingly entertaining to listen to. It seems to unlock a whole extra layer of emotion in the music, as if to remind you that it isn't just hi-fi that you're listening to, but the expression of some poor musician's tortured inner soul. It makes everything an intense experience, and is guaranteed to keep even the most sleep-deprived night owl captivated on the edge of the sofa.”
Probably more flowery language than I would have used but I agree nevertheless
Just arrived and following on from the successful launch of the Rega Elicit-R amplifier comes the brand new Saturn-R cd player at £ 1598
Precision engineered mechanically and electronically, this is already regarded by magazines as the standard to beat in high performance cd players. While other companies have moved entirely to streaming Rega's engineers have taken a different approach. By developing a different dac system you can still play your cds and also connect a computer to play your music files. Now on demonstration.
UPDATE, now had a good chance to play with this and it is brilliant. Not any cd player to touch it at anywhere near the price, drop me a line to arrange a listen yourself
A Rega offer:
Rega cd players and amplifiers have all had wonderful reviews from every magazine.
The Apollo-R and Brio-R combination sounds brilliant, dynamic, detailed and never harsh.
They are also great value at £ 549 each
So it's even better with this special offer of the pair for £ 999
This offer is exclusively for personal Lyric customers in-store and is not available online
Want to know more details 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 £899 to £ 1099
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 £ 548
A PASSION FOR MUSIC http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZAhN26zWJ0
New Rega Elicit-R amplifier announced. First reviews are incredible
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
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 £ 79, 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, Rega Planar1, Planar2, Planar3, and RP6 in black are usually in stock. RP8 and 10 are an individual order of 2-4 weeks. Apollo cd and Brio/Elex amplifiers we aim to keep in stock always. Saturn and Elicit ate in stock as I write this but don't be surprised to wait 2/3 weeks. We are working closely with Rega to keep you happy, give us a call anytime to check the delivery status of any product. It is of course the best problem to have that you cant keep up with demand!
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 Planar 1 What Hifi turntable of the year, super value at £ 248 complete with cartridge and ready to play
Next up is the Planar 2 featuring a better tonearm and the heavy glass platter that Rega are justly famous for, £ 375
With either of these you can have an easy improvement in sound clarity by adding the REGA Performance Pack
Upgrading the cartidge to the Rega Bias, upgrading the belt and the mat gives you a supercharged Planar where you can hear a real improvement.
Add it to your Planar 1 or 2 for £ 85
The Rega 3 is the most famous Rega of all. Too many awards to list over the years, and the latest Planar 3 won another What Hifi award last year, and is overall Turntable of the Year for 2016
Priced at £ 575, or more usually £ 625 including a Rega Elys2 cartridge worth £ 119, the Planar 3 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 £ 898, and as with the Rega RP3 there is an excellent cartridge deal. The precision Exact cartridge is £ 255, however if you order one with your RP6 you can have it factory fitted to your turntable at £ 1098 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
The RP8 is £ 1598 without a cartridge and there is also a moving magnet bundle with the Exact cartridge for £ 1798
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 £ 89. Also if your amp is old/cheap/never really interested in vinyl this could be the best £ 89 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 £ 549 is great value, so getting the Apollo including almost that dac's 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.
£598 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
Loudspeakers ALL NEW RX RANGE NOW AVAILABLE, CALL IN TO ENJOY
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!