Rega Brio R Integrated Amplifier
The Rega Brio amplifier has an esteemed history of winning multiple awards for it's sonic performance in its price range.Now in its sixth generation there are now two separate power supplies in the Brio: the bigger for the power amplifier section, the smaller for the phono stage and preamplifier. As a minimalist design with the emphasis on sound quality it has become a favourite of music lovers and hi-fi reviewers worldwide.
There are a number of tweaks to the current Brio. The chassis has been redesigned: it’s now made of a two-part fully aluminium case that helps its heat-sinking. Every tweak to the circuits and power supply has been made to help isolation and keep the main signal path as clear as possible, leading to better overall sound quality. The Brio also features a very high specification moving magnet phono stage. This new Brio continues on with that classic incredible sense of rhythm,punchy dynamics,agility,detail and fun.
Thanks to its newly acquired sonic weight, the Brio is evenly balanced across the frequencies, the top end sparkles and yet there’s a sweetness to it, while bass lines enjoy depth and rumbling textures. As a result the sound it produces is clearer, more detailed and more muscular. It has a fuller, richer sound that also has a gorgeous solidity running through every single note. It is an immensely engaging, precise and subtle sound that has detail,precision and dynamics in spades with an agile and rhythmic presentation. It’s the kind of amplifier you will want to leave on and play your entire music collection through. Again and again.
Brand new case design.
The sleek and minimal look was designed to bring elegance to Rega’s classic style but still harks back to the swooped features hidden away in Rega’s past amplifiers. Combining all these aspects makes this Brio case a unique standpoint amongst the competition.
Key improvements have been made to the circuits. The PCB layout has been fully upgraded to handle higher specifications for all critical parts. A second raw power supply has been added to provide further isolation between output stage and the driver stage/line and phono amplifiers. This improves the isolation between high and low level signal stages of the amplifier. Higher specification MUSES operational amplifiers have been used in the line and phono amplifier.
For convenience, the Brio has the capability to drive standard hi-fi headphones from the internal amplifier. Adding a headphone socket was only possible by finding a way to reduce its impact on the main signal path so it doesn’t disrupt the overall sound quality. We have paid special attention to the switch that deactivates the main speakers.
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 2-5 (line) input sensitivity = 210mV at 47kΩ
Maximum input 2-5 (line) input level = 10.25V
Power outputs at 230/115V supply voltage:
50 Watts RMS both channels driven into the rated load of 8Ω
58 Watts RMS one channel driven into the rated load of 8Ω
73 Watts RMS both channels driven into the rated load of 4Ω
93 Watts RMS one channel driven into the rated load of 4Ω
Continued high level use into 4Ω may cause the case to exceed 40° C above the ambient temperature.
No load = 8V
32Ω = 1.8V
54Ω = 2.6V
300Ω = 5.9V
Source impedance = 109Ω
195 Watts at 230V/220V/115V/100V into the rated load of 8Ω
Record output level:Record output level (with rated input levels) = 210Mv.
Record output impedance = 470Ω
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)
Remote control batteries included – 2 x AAA Alkaline.
T2AL 250V - 230V/50Hz and 220V/60Hz
T3.15AL 250V - 115V/60Hz and 100V 50/60Hz
345mm (D) -inc volume control x 216mm (W) x 78mm (H)