Rega Dac going out of production?!

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Kristofferabild, Apr 23, 2019.

  1. Kristofferabild

    Kristofferabild Well-Known Member Thread Starter

  2. TarnishedEars

    TarnishedEars Forum Resident

    Seattle, WA
    I never knew that Rega even made a DAC.
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  3. bhazen

    bhazen Infinitely Baffled

    Newcastle, WA
    :cry: ...

    That was a wonderful DAC.
  4. dianos

    dianos Forum Resident

    I think Hegel also shut down DAC models and just list one very expensive today. Maybe competition on that price point is difficult today.
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  5. Kristofferabild

    Kristofferabild Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Well, it’s out.

    From Twitter:
    @achilds1979 Hi. The product is no longer available and has been discontinued. This is why it has been removed from the website. Thanks.
  6. Ezd

    Ezd Forum Resident

    I was also of the opinion that was a good dac, especially at that price... I am surprised to see it discontinued without any dac currently being offered by Rega.
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  7. Catcher10

    Catcher10 I like records, and Prog...duh

    I'm not surprised......there are DACs galore on the marketplace now and most are DSD/MQA/Streaming capable and Rega would have to revamp the DAC-R to include all the new features. If you simply want a 24bit DAC without the DSD ability, then I think the DAC-R was/is expensive considering what is available now.
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  8. Art K

    Art K Forum Resident

    Corvallis, Oregon
    ...or be great sounding bare bones units like the Border Patrol or Audio Note DAC's.
  9. Rolltide

    Rolltide Forum Resident

    Vallejo, CA
    I owned the Rega DAC and found it quite unexceptional. Unless the DAC-R was a quantum leap forward I can't imagine many people were choosing them over the competition.
  10. Pastafarian

    Pastafarian Forum Resident

    Well I've just bought one and was kicking myself, as I presumed dealers would be selling it off with a new DAC coming.

    If a new model isn't on it's way, it at least makes me feel better.
  11. Pastafarian

    Pastafarian Forum Resident

    They're still out there and I can testify it's fantastic and in hi-fi terms a bargain.
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  12. luckyno13

    luckyno13 Forum Resident

    London UK
    The Rega cognescenti on the forum are staying very quiet on this thread so it'll be interesting to see what happens.
  13. Gizmo90

    Gizmo90 Forum Resident

    West Coast
    Do people think of DACs when they think of Rega? I don't. I think of turntables.

    Ill take Audio Note, MHDT labs etc any day for a DAC

    Great amps and turntables don't get me wrong!
  14. Kristofferabild

    Kristofferabild Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    So what are the odds of Rega updating this?
  15. KT88

    KT88 Forum Resident

    about 50/50... :wiggle:

    Seriously, they don't tell anything about types or dates of new products as their usual way of release is a sort of surprize party. When something has been decided upon and on its way, then they will tell distributors and a few UK dealers. I have speculated with a customer or two about the DAC or future of Rega digital products but without any info from Rega, it's just that, speculation.
  16. Kristofferabild

    Kristofferabild Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Maybe they will put a dac in their new Elicit instead...
  17. james

    james Forum Resident

    It would seem like a weird thing to leave out of the line, given the importance of standalone DAC's to your modern, average hi-fi rig. Would you really want Rega speakers, a Rega turntable, Rega amplifier and Rega phono pre and not have a Rega digital, non-optical front-end?

    I'd be super interested in a half-width Apollo with a fully featured, modern digital USB input.
  18. ChuckyBuck

    ChuckyBuck Forum Resident

    Albuquerque, NM
    I would guess that the future of traditional DACs is as built ins to integrated and all-in-ones. Stand alone DACs will be very technical, ladder (resistor) DACs with lots of proprietary technology. For stand alone DACs either go big or get out.
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  19. Kristofferabild

    Kristofferabild Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    It seems like a nos R2R multibit dac would be a Rega thing, but I don't know if they could make one at similar price as the outgoing Rega Dac R...

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