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    Rega's new RP8 turntable

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    The Rega RP8 skeletal turntable

    Rega is extremely pleased to announce the launch of the much awaited RP8 turntable. A turntable which takes Rega’s design philosophy further than ever before. A radical new plinth using custom designed materials, a new tonearm bearing assembly, 24v low volt-age motor controlled by a hand tuned electronic power supply and a custom version of our Planar 9 engineered hub bearing assembly. These are just some of the features of this amazing new turntable designed to extract more music from your vinyl than ever before.

    The Evolution of Revolution

    Evolution is a well proven and documented process in many areas of our lives. This applies in particular to design engineers and machines. Over the past forty years our cars have become more reliable and economical whilst we take for granted the reliability and speed of modern aircraft. Rega is no exception to evolution. Rega’s experience and previous achievements allow us to continually develop and produce better products.

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    The RP8 represents probably the biggest step forward in the evolution of Roy Gandy’s turntable design philosophies. Low mass, high rigidity plinths combined with electronically controlled low vibration motors, high flywheel effect platters and lower mass higher stability tonearms.

    The RP8 is the first of our new “skeletal” design turntables offering groundbreaking levels of performance and amazing value for money.

    The RP8 will also be available with its perfect partner, the Apheta moving coil cartridge, factory fitted as a package option.

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    TTPSU power supply

    The compact TT-PSU uses a high stability, crystal locked, low distortion sine wave generator. This, along with an efficient drive amplifier fed from a stabilised DC power supply, generates a 24V AC balanced signal of less than 0.05% distortion, which is completely un-affected by any changes in the mains/line voltage and conditions. This then drives the improved Rega anti-vibration circuit built into the RP8 motor PCB.

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    RB808 Tonearm

    The RB808 tonearm is packed with new features pushing the boundaries of tonearm design. As with all Rega tonearms each one is meticulously hand built by a team of highly skilled technicians. The RB808 has improved bearings and a tightened spindle fit tolerance over previous models (each bearing is individually selected to find the perfect match for the chosen spindle). This is a proven method of increasing the amount of detail retrieved from the record surface.

    A brand new low mass precision engineered vertical bearing assembly has been manufac-tured to further compliment 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.

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    Magnesium and Phenolic - Dual bracing

    A super lightweight plinth combined with a double 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 design prevents energy absorption and unwanted resonances which will add un-natural distortions to the music. The RP8 takes our double brace technology to the next level. Not content with an unprecedented stiffness to mass ratio, Rega have obsessively reduced any resonant properties by using two different materials for the new stressed beam. The top layer is magnesium and the bottom layer is pheno-lic (two of the lightest and stiffest materials available). Incorporating two different materials into the brace structure lowers their ability to pick up unwanted airborne vibrations. Simply put, different materials have different natural resonances. By using two different materials together they decrease the natural frequency of each other by self damping.

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    Super flywheel effect triple layer glass platter

    The new RP8 three piece laminated glass platter is the result of a collaboration with a small, emerging, young British glass engineering company. As a general rule the only part of a turntable that requires extra mass is the turntable platter in order to achieve constant rotational speed. However a heavier platter creates more problems for the main bearing design so again an ideal compromise creates the best solution. Practically this means keeping as much of the mass to the outside rim of the glass platter to create more flywheel effect but keeping the inside of the platter as light as possible without sacrificing stiffness. The RP6 was the first Rega turntable to use a precision engineered glass ring laminated to the outside using modern CNC techniques to ensure concentricity. The RP8 takes it one step further by laminating three rings together to produce the RP8 super flywheel effect glass platter - an engineering triumph !

    Skeletal plinth design with polyolefin foam core

    Controversially Rega has always researched methods of producing light but stiff and rigid plinths. The technology is simple: unwanted noise at microscopic levels is developed by the turntable motor and main bearing. The plinth can also pick up airborne vibration from the music. From the beginning in the 1970’s Rega pioneered the use of a stressed skin structure for the plinth. This uses two layers of phenolic resin with a lightweight particle or fibre board sandwiched between the skins. This technique has been used in many applications where stiff, light structures are needed such as an aircraft wing or a Formula 1 chassis. The current increase in interest in turntables has allowed Rega to research and develop higher technology structures for the customer who is happy pay a little more for higher sound quality. The all new RP8 turntable utilises a unique new stressed skin structure produced from thin phenolic skins sandwiching a featherweight nitrogen expanded, closed cell, polyolefin foam core. This material has been developed exclusively for Rega over a three year period. The RP8 plinth is 7 times lighter than the weight of the original Planar 3 plinth. Rega has added even more stiffness in the crucial area between the arm and the main bearing.

    De-coupled outer frame and dust cover

    A common problem for many skeletal design turntables is the inability to incorporate an effective dust cover into the design. We have constructed an outer frame that minimises contact between the inner and outer plinth. The only points of contact are three location devices on the feet which centralises the inner and outer plinths perfectly. This makes set-up extremely easy and allows the use of a dust cover. The RP8 can be used without the outer frame if so desired.

    Turntable design & mythology

    Today there are many approaches to Hi-Fi design which follow established and informed engineering or electronic principles. Amplifier and loudspeaker design has been well documented over the years with excellent technical publications. These subjects have been based on tried and tested acoustic criteria and many computer software programs now exist that enable a near amateur to design a passable working loudspeaker based on known acoustic and mathematical parameters.

    Enter turntable design: When it comes to turntable design we are limited to a few poorly informed articles describing only very limited aspects of design. This is a subject full of mythology. Designers propose theories that counter the basic laws of physics, use terminology that doesn’t actually exist in the engineering world, build products that are more like beautiful sculptures than acoustic reproduction machines and sell items costing tens of thousands of pounds that hardly function as intended and often fail to work at all.

    For instance a very common myth is “the heavier the better” concept. Turntable bases weighing tens of kilograms are not uncommon. The reality is that the base actually needs to be as light as possible to prevent unwanted bearing and motor noise being transferred to the turntable or record. Platters also fall under a similar myth with many platter designs becoming so heavy that it is impossible to design a correctly functioning bearing (and some so light that anyone can hear the speed inconsistency). The turntable platter itself needs to be of enough weight to spin at a constant speed within the confines of the chosen bearing and motor drive system.

    Many amateur designers in any field choose one component in a design and try to achieve an extreme in size, weight and quality. They believe that by taking one theory to its extreme the design will become “perfect”. The reality of all engineering, design (and life) is that perfection is not possible. Based on this reality, Rega’s goal has always been to optimise a mixture of numerous “correct compromises” thus bringing the designer nearer to the unachievable goal of perfection.

    24V Low noise motor

    The motor is a high specification, 24V twin phase synchronous unit which has the anti vibration circuit hand tuned to each motor and is controlled by Rega's unique and innovative TTPSU power supply. The motor drives the CNC machined pulley and sub platter/hub-bearing assembly via the belt drive.

    Coloured turntable mats

    It is possible to customise the look of your Rega turntable using a variety of new coloured mats -

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    Apheta MC cartridge

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    RRP £1598 (RP8), £920 (Apheta), £2198 (RP8/Apheta package)




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    Rega at Sound & Vision The Bristol Show (22nd to 24th February) 2013 - Room 220 on the 2nd floor

    Experience the latest products from Rega Research.

    Celebrating Rega's fortieth year we continue to push the boundaries and bring you more ground breaking products during 2013. At this years show we will be demonstrating our first skeletal design RP8 turntable fitted with the Apheta MC cartridge. We hope to bring you a world exclusive of a new switchable MM/MC phono stage the 'Aria'. You will also get a sneak peek at a new electronic range which will be available later this spring.



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    Rega's new Saturn-R CD-DAC

    Preliminary information -

    The Saturn-R is a high specification CD player and DAC offering 192K-24bit asynchronous USB input. The CD player will benefit from the use of the dual Wolfson WM8742 DAC’s used in the digital to analogue conversion stage found in the hugely successful Rega DAC. The DAC section offers 2x optical inputs, 2x Co-axial inputs, 1x USB and 1x digital output to feed digital processor. The CD section has an independent ‘direct’ digital output from the CD playback section of the player.

    Additional details regarding pictures, availability, prices, etc. on the Saturn-R CD-DAC and also on Rega's new Elicit-R amplifier and Aria switchable MM/MC phono stage to follow.



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    Rega's new Elicit-R integrated amplifier

    Preliminary information -

    The Elicit-R amplifier further advances the performance of the previous Elicit. Combining the Brio-R power amplifier circuit with the existing Elicit II FET discrete line preamplifier circuit and the programmable stepped attenuator volume control, this third generation Elicit will no doubt be a serious contender. Improvements have been made to the power amplifier circuit with better power supplies and an increase in the output power to 100 Watts per channel.
    The Elicit-R offers an on-board high specification MM phono stage as standard. Extra provision via the back panel to bypass this internal amplifier via dip switch is available for you to connect an alternate phono stage (such as the Aria MM/MC) via the same socket ensuring those valuable inputs are not wasted.

    Additional details regarding pictures, availability, prices, etc. on the Elicit-R and also on Rega's new Saturn-R CD-DAC and Aria switchable MM/MC phono stage to follow.



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    Production of Rega's new Aria MM/MC switchable phono stage begins this week.

    Design

    Housed within our latest half width custom designed case are two entirely separate high performance phono stages. One fully adjustable dedicated moving coil and one moving magnet. Each stage is designed and engineered to maximise the potential of your vinyl system whilst remaining easy to use and set up.

    Technology

    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.

    MM Stage design & features

    The MM input uses low noise bipolar input transistors 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.

    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 70Ω to 400Ω and capacitive loading of 1000pF to 4200pF. The input sensitivity can be changed by 6dB, via the back panel.

    The Aria is available in Black finish only.

    RRP £798


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    Musicraft is pleased to announce that we will receive the first production unit of Rega's new Aria MM/MC Phono Stage

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    Aria

    MM and MC Phono Stage

    Design
    Housed within our latest half width custom designed case are two entirely separate high performance phono stages. One fully adjustable dedicated moving coil and one moving magnet. Each stage is designed and engineered to maximise the potential of your vinyl system whilst remaining easy to use and set up.

    Technology
    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.

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    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 70? to 400? 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.

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    Specifications...

    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

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    Black satin metal Finish

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    RRP £798



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    Musicraft is pleased to announce that today we will have in stock the first Rega Aria MM/MC Phono Stage production unit.

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    Aria

    MM and MC Phono Stage

    Design
    Housed within our latest half width custom designed case are two entirely separate high performance phono stages. One fully adjustable dedicated moving coil and one moving magnet. Each stage is designed and engineered to maximise the potential of your vinyl system whilst remaining easy to use and set up.

    Technology
    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.

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    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 70? to 400? 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.

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    Specifications...

    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

    Finishes available:

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    Black satin metal Finish

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    RRP £798


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    New Rega RP40 Anniversary Edition turntable

    To mark their 40th year, Rega will be starting the celebrations by offering a ‘limited edition’ turntable based on the RP3, the RP40 Anniversary Edition. This turntable will only be available during 2013 and built to a limited number of units with its own set of serial numbers.

    The RP40 will be supplied with a custom TT-PSU, exclusive Silicon drive belt and Elys40 cartridge as standard.

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    http://www.rega.co.uk/downloads/RP40 ANNIVERSARY.pdf



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    Rega's new Elicit-R integrated amplifier

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    Introduction
    Rega is very proud to introduce a brand new high performance integrated amplifier. Designed and engineered to the highest standard to 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 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.

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    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, 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.

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    RRP £1598


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    Musicraft is pleased to announce that we'll have Rega's new Elicit-R integrated amplifier in stock today

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    Introduction
    Rega is very proud to introduce a brand new high performance integrated amplifier. Designed and engineered to the highest standard to 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 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.

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    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, 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.

    [​IMG]



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    Rega's new Naiad turntable

    A unique design using the best of modern materials and manufacturing processes, with a plinth constructed from hand crafted carbon-fibre to achieve the ultimate in lightweight high rigidity structures strengthened further with double ceramic braces. Mass is again kept to a minimum by using a titanium skeletal vertical bearing housing for the tonearm assembly. Naiad will feature a world first in hub bearing design with a spindle and bearing housing manufactured from Zirconia. You can expect the ultimate power supply housed in Rega’s reference range casework which will offer user adjustable speed control with a digital display. Each turntable will be supplied with a piece of music called 'Naiad', one of Roy Gandy’s favourite piano pieces, which will be recorded by Rega. This unique pressing will include a test tone that will work alongside the power supply to ensure perfect speed is achieved .

    Serial Number Draw

    The Naiad is the second of rega's Anniversary products. Still in development and available later this year, Naiad is the culmination of 40 years of Rega turntable philosophy taken to the extreme as a no expense spared project.

    An opportunity to own a piece of hi-fi history

    To celebrate the birth of Rega on the 1st of July 1973. The first 40 Naiad will be offered in a unique way. Forty years to the day it all began, each one will represent a year of trading with a matching serial number ranging from 1973-2012. Each of these first 40 Naiad will be personally signed by Roy Gandy and the maker of each deck and drawn at random from any placed orders.

    On the 1st of July at 9.00am GMT the draw will open and will remain so for 48 hours. During that period you can place an order to be put into the serial number draw. Once the order book closes Rega will draw the numbers and you will be allocated a year number for your Naiad turntable when they are available later in the year. With an estimated UK selling price of £30,000 you can rest assured this will be the ultimate performance Rega turntable promising to deliver way beyond expectations. After the first 40 are sold normal numbers will resume for the continued manufacture of the Naiad.

    More details to follow.



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    Musicraft has Rega's new Elicit-R integrated amplifier in store

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    The Elicit-R is Rega's brand new high performance integrated amplifier. Designed and engineered to the highest standard to deliver the best possible audio performance whilst remaining simple to use and easy to setup.

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    RRP £1598


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    The Absolute Sound review Rega's RP8/Apheta Skeletal turntable/MC cartridge

    http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/rega-rp8-record-player-and-apheta-moving-coil-cartridge/

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    Rick @ Musicraft
     
    Musicraft, Nov 2, 2013
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