Rega Brio-R Integrated Amplifier (Black)
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- Rega Brio-R Integrated Amp - Black
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The Brio–R embodies all the necessary ingredients. Substantial toroidal transformer, generous power supply components, rugged output stage, the use of film capacitors in the signal path and at all critical positions within the phono amplifier.
New output amplifier
Developed by our engineers a newly designed output amplifier using a low source impedance emitter follower Class A driver stage. Based around a complementary pair of 150w Sanken Darlington output transistors, this combination forms a complementary emitter follower emulating Class A conditions with good thermal stability and lower standing currents in the driver stage.
Remote control has been added to the Brio-R without compromising the sonic design of the amplifier. This was achieved by keeping the remote circuit separate to the audio circuit and having its own dedicated power supply.
There is no direct contact between the micro-controller and the signal path, the micro-controller controls the relays whilst the volume control motor uses DC control voltages.
High quality components
The Brio-R utilises the highest quality components and our engineers' experience to achieve the best sonic performance, ensuring it is the most advanced and feature packed Brio to date.
Improved power supplies
During the Brio-R design process Rega reviewed the circuit and improved the low and high current power supplies, coupling and bypass capacitors. The phono stage has been improved to reflect the current improvements in the Rega Planar turntables, where the input sensitivity has been increased along with a revision of the sub 100Hz part of the phono frequency response.
Custom Case & Design
Housed in a brand new custom case the Brio-R draws on the pedigree of the previous three incarnations of this model. The sonic recipe for the Brio-R embodies the best in traditional audio circuits with excellent engineering practice.
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50w RMS pc into 8W
73w RMS pc into 4W
Rega brand new custom manufactured case
Rega phono stage (Input 1)
Toroidal mains transformer
Sanken 150w output transistors
Input sensitivities for rated output level:
Input 1 (Phono) input sensitivity = 2.1mV at 47KΩ in parallel with 220pF
Maximum Input 1 (Phono) input level = 100mV
Input 2 to 5 (Line) input sensitivity = 210mV at 47K
Maximum Input 2 to 5 (Line) input level = 10.25V
Power outputs at 230/115V supply voltage:
50Watts RMS both channels driven into the rated load of 8F
58Watts RMS one channel driven into the rated load of 8F
73Watts RMS both channels driven into the rated load of 4F
93Watts RMS one channel driven into the rated load of 4F
Continued high level use into 4F may cause the case to exceed 40° C above the ambient temperature.
195Watts at 230/115V into the rated load of 8F
Record output level:
Record output level (with rated input levels) = 210mV
Record output impedance = 470F
Phono 15Hz to 40KHz (-3dB points) / 27Hz to 20.5KHz (-1dB points)
RIAA accuracy (100Hz to 10KHz) ± 0.4dB typically better than ± 0.3dB
Line 12Hz (-1dB points) to 43KHz (-3dB points)
Dimensions: 13.5" x 8.5" x 3.25"
Weight: 13.5 Lbs
Click here to read ToneAudio's Brio-R Review: ToneAudio Review
"The Rega Brio-R sets the benchmark and then some. While it’s easy for those that regularly hear the world’s best (and often most expensive) gear to get excited about great sound, it’s truly thrilling to hear this level of sound quality from an amplifier with this price tag. Music lovers on a budget no longer have to sacrifice quality!"
- Jeff Dorgay, Tone Audio, May 2011
"No integrated amplifier that I have heard for under $1000 has a finer built-in phono stage."
- Sam Tellig, Stereophile, Dec. 2011
"...the Brio-R goes far beyond clichéd 'bang for the buck' performance. It is a serious high-end amplifier, up to task in a system comprised of some of the world’s finest components."
- Tone Audio, Dec. 2011
"Start listening, and it's the music itself that grabs your attention, rather than any particular hi-fi virtue. And that, of course, is exactly the way it should be."
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