Discover the perfect balance between sound, quality and price with 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. 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.
40+ years of Rega Research. For his entire life, Rega founder Roy Gandy has been passionate about HiFi systems. Gandy built his first set of loudspeakers at age 18, which became the stepping-stone for Rega’s success. This natural path to success is due, in part, to the interconnectedness of its products. He knew from the start that Rega would be different. It started with a garden shed speaker and led to a better turntable. Which led to a better tonearm, and then a better cartridge… The rest, as is said, is history. A quick highlight of Rega’s history follows.
- 1973 – Gandy’s day job, as technical editor with Ford, affords him evenings to design what would become his first Rega Research product, the Planet turntable.
- 1975 – the first Planar turntable debuts, launching the iconic Rega aesthetic
- 1980’s – the company grows quickly adding necessary funding to allow expansion of the product range
- 1983 – their first tonearm is released, the award-winning RB300, which will go on to become the best-selling tonearm ever
- 1987 – they release their first cartridges made in house, the original Elys, Bias and RB78
- 1990 – the original Elex and Elicit amplifiers, and Ela loudspeakers are introduced as Rega takes the final step into the complete HiFi system
- 1990’s – a busy time for Rega sees further evolution of electronics, analog and speakers with the introduction of many touchstone products like original Exact, Brio and Fono
- 1997 – introduction of Jupiter CD transport and Io DAC mark their entrance in to the digital world
- 2000’s – the first half of the decade is spent making major revisions to earlier products, further expansion of digital components, and more turntable products
- 2005 – A new chapter is opened when Apheta and P1 turntable are announced, their first moving coil cartridge and first entry into budget HiFi respectively.
- 2007 – the Naiad project starts, signaling a major reinvestment in turntable technology
- 2009 – they take a major step forward in electronics design with the release of reference Osiris amplifier and Isis CD player
- 2010 - Rega enters the modern digital era with their first USB-DAC, embracing computer audio in its early days.
- 2011 - RP3 and RP6 are released, the first products using technology developed for the Naiad project. A series of half-chassis electronics are released with Brio-R and Apollo-R.
- 2013 - RP8 and RP10 are released, showcasing a revolutionary new plinth design from the Naiad project that highlights Rega’s low-mass, high-strength philosophy.
- 2014 - Elicit R and Elex R amplifiers are released, building on the success of Brio R and the Osiris reference amp that proceeds them.
- 2016 - New Planar 3 and 2 turntables are released with considerable changes that build on Rega’s strengths while advancing design and manufacturing techniques.
- 2017 - Introduce the Brio including a wonderfully clever headphone stage