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New Rega Aethos amplifier

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

  1. IRG

    IRG Forum Resident

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    What did you have before?
     
  2. rpd

    rpd Senior Member

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    Enlighten me...
     
  3. rpd

    rpd Senior Member

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    Cursa3 and Exon3
     
  4. mibrighton

    mibrighton Forum Resident

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    Snap , I also went from Cursa3 / Exon3 to Osiris. Honestly the Osiris is in a different level.
     
  5. rpd

    rpd Senior Member

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    I enjoyed the Cursa/Exon, but don’t miss them at all. I don’t love the aesthetics of the Osiris, but I got over that. I have it set up with Isis, P10 w/Aphelion2, Aura and Rx5’s
     
  6. IRG

    IRG Forum Resident

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    I doubt I could. But for $10k, I’d be looking at something like the AVA mono blocks for $2500 each DVA SET 600 Mono Block Solid State Amplifier

    And maybe their preamp: Fet Valve CFR Preamplifier

    At $2k.

    Wait, I still have $3k left to spend. Maybe on music or something. $10k can go a long way is all I’m saying. I like Rega a lot, just don’t hear much about their upper end amps here. I’d like the Elicit amp, but at $3k it has some competition. At $10k, quite stiff competition.
     
  7. rpd

    rpd Senior Member

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    Got it...
     
  8. PhotoMax

    PhotoMax Forum Resident

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    I am a Rega fan. Owned the Elex for years. Know the sound of the Brio and Elicit. I auditioned the Osiris with three different high end speakers. Fabulous sound. As mentioned it sounded really good at low volumes which is an important factor many shoppers pay little attention to.

    That being said (as others have pointed out) at around $10K there is very stiff competition with both separates and integrateds.

    Rega is known to be one of those brands that follows the “plays well with other Reg kit” arena. There is not much other Rega kit at this price point. Is the Osiris targeted at owners of an established Rega system? Or buyers with a larger wallet who have a mixed system? Be interesting to see how many Rega Osiris units will sell...
     
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  9. rpd

    rpd Senior Member

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    Look at what I have it paired with
     
  10. PhotoMax

    PhotoMax Forum Resident

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    @ rpd,

    With your Isis, P10 w/Aphelion2, Aura and Rx5’s you are very much at the high end of the Rega market. You have a very upmarket turntable station. The Osiris will serve you well here, no doubt.

    For owners of a different table and speakers of similar value I am not sure the Osiris will be a popular consideration? Maybe it should be though?
     
  11. rpd

    rpd Senior Member

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    I had a flirtation with grabbing a McIntosh integrated, but many people who’s opinion I value, say that they’d really be surprised that I’d like the Macs as much....
     
  12. IRG

    IRG Forum Resident

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    Totally agree with this. There aren’t many $10k integrated amps period I would buy, not just Rega. It’s just a lot of $ to me. I understand it slightly more for separates. But you’re right, think outside of the Rega system, and maybe it’s just great amp. One day perhaps...
     
  13. PhotoMax

    PhotoMax Forum Resident

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    I think you had solid advice here. I have not listened to the Rx5 speakers but I enjoyed owning RS7s for years which are very similar. I would not have paired these with a McIntosh...
     
  14. rpd

    rpd Senior Member

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    I think I would buy an RX-10 if there was such a thing... I wonder why they did not produce one...
     
  15. Morbius

    Morbius Forum Resident

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    The RS10?
     
  16. rpd

    rpd Senior Member

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    The rx5 was the largest of the Rx line that they produced. I’m not sure why that is...
     
  17. Morbius

    Morbius Forum Resident

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    Nice speakers though, lived with a pair of RX3s for 31/2 years and enjoyed them quite a bit. Liked their bass alignment scheme, made it really easy to fit them into a room and have good bass.
     
  18. mibrighton

    mibrighton Forum Resident

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    The Osiris , especially when mated with the Isis , makes a great system with the RS10.

    I used that system for a year or so. But as good as the RS10 are , and they are very good , the Isis / Osiris do not show their full capabilities with the RS10.

    They really show what they are capable of with much better speakers. I only discovered this when I demd the PMC MB2se. Interestingly the PMC has a very similar sound signature to the RS10 , both being a transmission line design.
     

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