Rega Apollo-R CD Player (Black) by Rega
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Rega Apollo-R CD Player - Black
Rega Apollo-R CD Player
Winner of the 2012 Top Tone Award - Digital
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The Apollo-R is the result of many years of innovation, advanced software development and elegant engineering solutions researched by our highly skilled team of engineers and designers. It took the completion of two of our multi award winning products, the flagship Isis CD player and the Rega DAC to pave the way for a unique product we feel encapsulates everything the new Apollo-R should be.
The original Apollo CD player launched in 2005. It was a huge success selling approaching 20,000 units worldwide. The Apollo was a unique player featuring Rega’s own software and control system ensuring no other manufacturers player could sound the same. This key element is carried forward and improved into Apollo-R.
Analogue & digital outputs
Development of the analogue, digital and control domains ensured direct improvements of both analogue and digital outputs making the Apollo-R a perfect partner for the Rega Brio-R amplifier and an ideal ‘CD format’ front-end for the Rega DAC. The Apollo-R internal circuitry has also been improved by tightening the PCB layout.
Compact case design
Apollo-R is a top loading design housed in a custom compact aluminium case matching the Rega DAC and Brio-R amplifier.
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 .
Digital to analogue conversion
The DAC and the output amplifier of the Apollo-R have been enhanced using the Wolfson WM8742 digital to analogue converter, the same integrated circuit found in the Rega DAC.
The ‘digital’ power supplies feeding the CD processor, optical block, laser diode amplifier and slicer have been enhanced. This is achieved by using the same high performance low noise power supplies found in the same location within the Isis CD player. This vastly improves the playability, error correction and the ‘inner core’ processing of the digital CD ‘spinner’ part of the Apollo-R.
The discrete output amplifier has been tweaked to reduce the overall THD from typically 0.005% to 0.0025%, whilst at the same time improving the overall sound quality of the output amplifier.
We have improved the user interface control by using a dedicated display microprocessor, 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 which now matches that of the Isis CD player.
New Wolfson WM8742 DAC
Enhanced Output amplifier circuit
Enhanced Digital power supplies
Improved User interface
Redeveloped Analogue & Digital outputs
CD remote with amplifier functionality
Laser: Semiconductor laser
Line Output Maximum Level: 2.15V (minimum load impedance 10kΩ)
Digital Output Maximum Level: 0.5V (load impedance 75Ω)
Digital Sampling Frequency: 44.1kHz
Required Space for operation:
CDP Remote Batteries:
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Click here to read the Rega Apollo-R Manual: Rega Apollo-R Manual
Click here to read ToneAudio's review of the Rega Apollo-R: ToneAudio - Jeff Dorgay
"...the Apollo-R adds extension and sock without compromising traits that made the original [Apollo] so wonderful...After hearing a few discs on the Apollo-R, it’s amazing to think about how far digital has come. Such performance would have cost thousands more at the turn of the century."
"It describes a spacious, airy soundstage that's convincingly three-dimensional. It extracts plenty of detail, gives the low frequencies weight and solidity, and has sufficient dynamism to deal confidently with the peaks and troughs of the performance."
"[The Apollo-R is] about as good a reason to keep the faith with CD as I've heard recently...it sounds loud and proud, yet decently well-mannered, too."
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