Rega knocks it out of the park - new integrated and phono amp

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by ls35a, Oct 9, 2021.

  1. csgreene

    csgreene Forum Resident

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    Idaho, USA
    I keep reading from a couple people here and on another audio forum about the nude black diamond ellipticals for the Stanton carts. One guy is 'cafe latte' from Australia who sings the praises of this particular aftermarket stylus. As I run a 680EE with an OEM Stereohedron stylus on my old Denon DP-23F, I wonder what I'll do next. I was a big Stanton fanboy back in the day and had a 681EEE for years always replacing the stylus with OEM Stereohedron styli until they disappeared.

    This is the one being discussed but I'm gathering one manufacturer is making it and it's being marketed under different names:

    ANALOGIS | BLACK DIAMOND, BLACK DIAMOND, Replacement Stylus Stanton D 6800 E | BLACK DIAMOND

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  2. Drew769

    Drew769 Buyer of s*** I never knew I lacked

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    I heard the Rega IO at Audio Connection, playing a Bluesound Node 2i through a pair of Vandersteen VLR CTs. That little setup sounded great. It’s hard to believe that little amp could sound so great. It’s got to be one of the best deals in high end audio at under $600.
     
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  3. IRG

    IRG Forum Resident

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    Or at least under $650 now
     
  4. stereoguy

    stereoguy Its Gotta Be True Stereo!

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    Cs: I have heard about that Black Diamond stylus but never used it. I use OEM Stanton styli that were made to accurately transfer vinyl to digital platforms. They work extremely well in my Rega and sound wonderful.
     
  5. csgreene

    csgreene Forum Resident

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    I can buy one for about $60 USD from Mr. Stylus (if you go direct through email they can drop the VAT tax) but I don't know that I want to take a chance on someone else's recommendation. And if I don't like it, sending it back to Germany or wherever he is sounds like no fun.
     
  6. Art K

    Art K I bite you!

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    Corvallis, Oregon
    I sold my Brio and kept my IO.
     
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  7. Swingburn

    Swingburn Well-Known Member

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    Did NOT like the IO. Plastic-y buttons. Loads of input channel bleed. Noisy phono stage. Dull top end. Cramped inputs/outputs on the back. Lots of stuff crammed into a little box is going to have issues. I recommend trying before buying.
     
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  8. SpeedMorris

    SpeedMorris Forum Resident

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    Why would anyone get an SL-1200 GR when most people do fine with an LP120?
     
  9. Freedom Rider

    Freedom Rider Forum Resident

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    Plenty of people will probably read that as "not ear-bleeding bright, good":)
     
  10. Drew769

    Drew769 Buyer of s*** I never knew I lacked

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    Maybe you got a bad unit? The tactile feel of buttons is obviously a personal thing (and I agree…I love great controls), but the sound quality of the one I heard (albeit with all digital inputs) was absurd. It embarrassed an Integrated we A-B listened to, a unit that was literally 5X the cost of the Rega.
     
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  11. Freedom Rider

    Freedom Rider Forum Resident

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    Did you notice any buzz / hum with this amp? Seen some reviews mention that.
     
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  12. bever70

    bever70 It's all about the soundstage

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    Lol, so another buzzer/hummer like the brio?!
     
  13. Freedom Rider

    Freedom Rider Forum Resident

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    I dunno, don't have it yet...could be a unit to unit issue.
    Otherwise seems like a cool little amp.
     
  14. ls35a

    ls35a Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Mine's dead quiet.
     
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  15. murphythecat

    murphythecat https://www.last.fm/user/murphythecat

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    Happy to see the rega io is a class a-b design and not a stupid class d in a fancy case like many other "high-end" brands.

    class ab
    big toroidal transformer
    alps pot

    seem very decent for the asking price indeed. how does the IO compares to the previous Rega amps?
     
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  16. csgreene

    csgreene Forum Resident

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    Are there tone controls?
     
  17. ls35a

    ls35a Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    You did hear me say 'REGA', right?
     
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  18. csgreene

    csgreene Forum Resident

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    So no, then? I have far less fascination with Rega than most here. It was a simple question.
     
  19. Swingburn

    Swingburn Well-Known Member

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    It could have been a bad unit. Bought it "Open Box" to save a few bucks. Probably a bad idea because now I have a bias against Rega.

    The other strange thing about Rega is... many people say their gear sound great, but they always use words like "fun" or "engaging" or "rhythmic"... but I never hear technical explanations of why Rega sounds that way. How do I listen for it? Is it a certain EQ? Are there little Rega fairies inside the gear who bless it with magic?
     
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  20. Omarstringer

    Omarstringer No One You’d Know

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    They are solid. If you like that you should wait a bit and try the Brio. Even much better is using a Rega deck with either. Rega is one of the most consistent brands in HiFi. Solid pros work there.
     
  21. Rattlin' Bones

    Rattlin' Bones Grumpy Old Deaf Drummer

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    What makes you classify the IO toroidal transformer as "big"? Just asking.

     
  22. shug4476

    shug4476 Nullius In Verba

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    I have owned three Rega amps. They were all fantastic but they really do sing with vinyl and with a Rega turntable in particular. I think their founder said in an interview they are voiced with vinyl as the source and it shows. Although they are excellent for digital sources too.
     
  23. Pmds55889397

    Pmds55889397 Forum Resident

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    Why on earth should they have tone controls, its no longer the 60's
     
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  24. csgreene

    csgreene Forum Resident

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    Pretty ignorant comment.
     
  25. IRG

    IRG Forum Resident

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    Ithaca, NY
    It’s a small amp, the transformer therefore looks kinda big when you see this pic. Only 30w, so proportionately it might be large.

    pic didn’t show up, there it is[​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2021 at 6:29 PM

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