Rega Saturn R CD-DAC Player
Rega Saturn R CD-DAC Player
The Saturn-R CD-DAC player offers complete flexibility and integration into any system. Essentially two products in one, the Saturn-R houses a high specification transport and independent DAC circuit. Both sections are fully remote controllable via the supplied Solaris remote handset.
You will find plenty of connectivity options, all at the highest possible resolution up to and including 192kHz-24Bit. The Saturn-R has two optical inputs, two Co-Axial inputs, a fully asynchronous USB and an added ‘direct’ digital output from the CD playback section.
This ensures the Saturn-R integrates perfectly into any system and provides the perfect partner for the Rega Elicit-R integrated amplifier.
The Saturn-R uses our proven digital to analogue converter and analogue output amplifier technology coupled with a pair of Wolfson WM8742 digital to analogue converter IC’s. The Saturn-R has improvements to the CD section power supply which was a result of the research & development of our reference Isis CD player along with the improved microcontroller and display drivers.
The Saturn-R uses a high stability master clock and high capacity power supply in the CD circuitry, high performance PLL digital interface receiver, isolated digital inputs and high performance power supply architecture in the DAC circuitry. Signal switching between the CD and DAC functions are performed in the digital to analogue converter stage. The signal path of the CD section in CD mode is kept to a minimum.
Regas first Even at low level it becomes pretty apparent that the Saturn R has a rhythmic integrity that is so far ahead of the norm. If you want to feel like the performance is taking place right in front of you, then it is.CD player (the Planet) didn’t make its debut until 1997, and it was arguably a product born of necessity than a particular desire of the company’s designers to build a CD player. On its release, however, it established Rega’s reputation for building some of the most analogue-sounding CD players on the market and as is traditional with Rega it incorporated a simple design, omitting superfluous features and thus carrying a sensible price-tag. Two Wolfson WM8742 chips sit at the heart of the Saturn-R’s DAC feeding Rega’s analogue output amplifiers and powered by dedicated power supplies fed by a toroidal transformer that is also responsible for powering the isolated CD section.
True to Rega’s tradition, the Saturn-R is one of, if not the most, analogue-sounding CD players you will hear. It’s tonally on the warm side, with plenty of detail. Vocals and acoustic guitars shine, though that’s not to say the Saturn can’t rock out when required. Backgrounds are silent, there’s a distinct clarity to the top and and the bass is exquisitely controlled. One thing the Saturn possesses that few other CD players can equal is a level of rhythmic drive that makes it extremely fun and entertaining to listen to. It’s an infectious sound that’ll have you listening to album after album, and pulling out albums from your collection that you never thought you’d play again just to see what they’ve been hiding. Simply put, it’s great fun.
It brings tracks to life with a sense of pace and timing that’s hard to beat, with a touch of analogue warmth that many CD players are missing. Even at low level it becomes pretty apparent that the Saturn R has a rhythmic integrity that is so far ahead of the norm. If you want to feel like the performance is taking place right in front of you, then it is. And the high-specification DAC only serves to add to what is undoubtedly an exceptional package.Even at low level it becomes pretty apparent that the Saturn R has a rhythmic integrity that is so far ahead of the norm. If you want to feel like the performance is taking place right in front of you, then it is. The Saturn R is one of the most enjoyable and musically engaging CD players you can afford.
- New Wolfson WM8742 DAC
- Enhanced Output amplifier circuit
- Enhanced Digital power supplies
- Improved user interface
- Redeveloped Analogue & Digital outputs
- Solaris remote with CD, DAC and amplifier functionality
- USB 192kHz - 24bits asynchronous
- Dimensions: Width 432mm x Depth 325mm x Height 82mm
- Dimensions needed to operate: Width 432mm x 350mm Depth x Height 180mm.