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New Rega Aethos amplifier

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by chromewaves, Feb 22, 2019.

  1. Dhreview16

    Dhreview16 Forum Resident

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    London UK
    Anyone heard this or seen any reviews ?
     
  2. rpd

    rpd Senior Member

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    Nashville
    Any news on this amp from anyone?
     
  3. Dhreview16

    Dhreview16 Forum Resident

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    London UK
    It’s being demo’d next month at a hifi store in Sheffield here, along I think with the new RP10 deck.
     
  4. Echoes Myron

    Echoes Myron Forum Resident

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    USA
    I am interested in either this or the Osiris when I get around to upgrading my Elicit-R. First step, however, is the Aura phono so it may be a couple years.
     
  5. sheffandy

    sheffandy Forum Resident

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    Sheffield, UK
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    Unfortunately I’m on holiday so can’t attend
     
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  6. dolstein

    dolstein Senior Member

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    Arlingon, VA
    I'm interested in seeing what else is in the product pipeline. The DAC-R has been discontinued. It would make sense for them to release a new DAC in a cash that matches the new Brio and Saturn units. Also, it's high time they made a reference series DAC, or at least updated the Isis to include hi res digital inputs.
     
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  7. Ivand

    Ivand Forum Resident

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    Houston, TX
    Anyone knows if Rega plans on upgrading the Elex-R and Elicit-R amps anytime soon?
     
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  8. IRG

    IRG Forum Resident

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    Ithaca, NY
    How do the Rega amps compare to the (current) Musical Fidelity amps? I have the budget model now (M2Si) which I thought was a better value ($600 new) compared to the Rega Brio ($999), but I've been wondering how the M5si and M6si compare to the better Rega units. The M6si seems like a beast, 220w at 8ohm, and dual mono design. Not cheap at $3k, but the upper end Rega models aren't either. And the MF has even higher end models than that, but I don't see many of them in systems around here/US. Maybe more popular in Europe?
     
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  9. KT88

    KT88 Forum Resident

    Rega doesn't release product info far in advance of actual product releases. Also just because they have a product now doesn't mean that a new version will follow. They could eliminate one of the designs entirely. Having three integrated choices seems like plenty to me. They currently have five. I guess I can see having an additional top end unit, but that replaced separates in the case of the Osiris amplifier. Rega does not have to agree with my assessment however. They have a global market to supply and they probably have models that are more popular in one market than in others.
    -Bill
     
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  10. Kristofferabild

    Kristofferabild Forum Resident

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    Has anyone heard it? =)
     
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  11. rpd

    rpd Senior Member

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    Nashville
    Probably not released till early next year
     
  12. Bert Oz

    Bert Oz Well-Known Member

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    London
  13. rpd

    rpd Senior Member

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    Nashville
    Actually, in the states probably around the holidays...
     
  14. Morbius

    Morbius Forum Resident

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    I think I read on Pink Fish Media somewhere that an October release was imminent.
     
  15. rpd

    rpd Senior Member

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    Guys, it’s end of year on this release
     
  16. Dhreview16

    Dhreview16 Forum Resident

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    London UK
    It is being demo’d at Audio T in Brighton this coming Saturday, 5 October, along (I guess) with the new P10 deck.
     
  17. Ria

    Ria Well-Known Member

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    Portsmouth England
    I haven't heard the Aethos in person but spoke to a hifi retailer who has, just the other day Said guy was really super impressed with the Aethos and he was told that it is the upgrade for the Elex r and the Elicit r combined however Rega wanted to base the Aethos on the heart and fun of the Elex r. Where the Elicit r was lovely in detail it was a bit lean. The Aethos is being decribed as now being detailed, with pace and rhythm and warmer than the Elicit. The Elex r is the muscular Brio, the Aethos is the muscular Elex r. I for one can not wait to hear it as have been holding on to my Elex r waiting for this upgrade. I heard the Naim SN3 which was lovely & had incredible imagery but i love Rega.... And the Aethos is cheaper....and the difference will go towards my P8 and Spendor A7 or Evoke 30 upgrade!
     
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  18. Bert Oz

    Bert Oz Well-Known Member

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    London
    UK websites are now showing this as available to purchase. I am however a bit concerned about some information in the technical specifications on the Rega website:

    125 W RMS both channels driven into the rated load of 8 Ω
    156 W RMS both channels driven into 6 Ω
    Note: Continued high level use into 6 Ω may cause the case to exceed 40 °C above the ambient temperature and activate the thermal shutdown.

    My speakers are B&W 804D D3 and one reviews states 'the impedance of the 804 D3 is low, with almost all of the band between 85 and 800 Hz running between 2.5 and four ohms. The speaker is rather optimistically rated at eight ohms impedance, but I don't recommend using it with any amplifier that lacks a published four-ohm output spec.'

    Am I right to be concerned regarding the match with my speakers?
     
  19. Morbius

    Morbius Forum Resident

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    Rega states the 40 °C spec on all its amplifiers and also for the most part most modern speakers fall below 4 ohms at some point in their frequency range and you're not hearing about amps failing all over the place. Besides you'd have to be pushing the amp at ear bleeding levels for extended periods of time for it to get that hot.
     
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  20. chrism1971

    chrism1971 Forum Resident

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    Glos, UK
    Well my local audio shop (13 miles away) was demoing the Aethos and the P10 yesterday..... but the weather was so awful I couldn't face driving there. That was helpful!
     
  21. chrism1971

    chrism1971 Forum Resident

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    Glos, UK
    Audio T in Portsmouth is demoing on the 16th.
     
  22. Echoes Myron

    Echoes Myron Forum Resident

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    USA
    Do you use the Elex in your profile with the B&Ws?
     
  23. Bert Oz

    Bert Oz Well-Known Member

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    Morbius, thank you for your reassuring comment.

    Yep and they seem to have no problem driving the B&Ws.

    Technical specifications on the Rega website for the Elex states '113W 4Ω both channels driven' with no warnings about thermal shutdown whereas the technical specifications for the Aethos doesn't give an output for 4Ω and does have a warning. It was this that prompted my concern but it sounds like it may be a non-issue.
     
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  24. RPM

    RPM Forum Resident

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    Easter Island
    There are several reports on Elicit running hot and triggering the protection. Somewhere I read it's because of idle current pot being out of correct setting probably due to transport. Supposedly an easy fix but however requires technician if you're not tech savvy.
     
  25. Echoes Myron

    Echoes Myron Forum Resident

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    USA
    I think with the overall increased power you will be fine. I run my KEF Reference 1s with the Elicit-R at 105 WPC (into 8 ohms), and these speakers are known to be very demanding of power. Has worked fine for a year. I normally play around 50-60 decibels with the volume dial at 11 o'clcok. I only encountered an issue with the amp going imto protection one very late night, when I got a little silly and played an album by Shellac (very bass-transient heavy) at 3 o'clock on the dial.

    I would consider the Aethos as a next step, but I really am really attached to the sound of the Elicit. To warrant a change to my system, I would go up another level to the Osiris or alternately to some higher power separates. I have actually not heard the Elex, but based on the power spec alone it woud seem the Aethos would definitely be a meaningful upgrade.
     
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