Rega Brio R Stereo Amplifier
No Frills High End Sound From England
Conservative 50 Watts per Channel Output
Rega Phono Stage; Headphone Jack
Stock Due Late November 2021
The Rega Brio R stereo amplifier embodies all the necessary ingredients. Substantial toroidal transformer, generous power supply components, rugged output stage, the use of film capacitors in the signal path and at all critical positions within the phono amplifier.
The Brio has a completely new case to house its improved circuits and parts. It now sits in a fully aluminium two-part case which boosts the Brio’s heat sinking capabilities and improves on Rega’s already solid build quality and reliability. The new Brio has a cleverly integrated headphone socket specially designed to avoid interference with the audio circuit when not in use and as you would expect, a very high specification moving magnet phono stage is built in as standard.
Throughout the design process the Brio has been meticulously improved in every aspect, from the quality of materials to the manufacturing process, to make this new Brio a step ahead in Rega’s engineering and design for amplifiers.
Case Design: The sleek and minimal look was designed to bring elegance to Rega’s classic style but still harks back to the swooped features hidden away in Rega’s past amplifiers. Combining all these aspects makes this Brio case a unique standpoint amongst the competition.
Re-Designed Circuit: Key improvements have been made to the circuits. The PCB layout has been fully upgraded to handle higher specifications for all critical parts. A second raw power supply has been added to provide further isolation between output stage and the driver stage/line and phono amplifiers. This improves the isolation between high and low level signal stages of the amplifier. Higher specification MUSES operational amplifiers have been used in the line and phono amplifier.
Headphone Socket: For convenience, the Brio has the capability to drive standard hi-fi headphones from the internal amplifier. Adding a headphone socket was only possible by finding a way to reduce its impact on the main signal path so it doesn’t disrupt the overall sound quality. We have paid special attention to the switch that deactivates the main speakers.
In The News
"We’ve waited six long years for the successor to one of our favourite budget amplifiers – the Award-winning Brio-R – and Rega has come back with a redesigned Brio that is every bit as exciting as its predecessor. And more. Now in its sixth generation (the original Brio first launched in 1991), the new Brio feels both familiar and completely new. It’s been redesigned, but in a way that harks back to the retro style of the older Brios. It remains an analogue-only amplifier, but it now, finally, has a headphone socket. And, crucially, it sounds terrific.
Everything we loved about the Brio-R is here: its incredible sense of rhythm, the punchy dynamics; the agility, detail and fun. The new Rega Brio takes all of those prime qualities and hones them even more finely. As a result the sound it produces is clearer, more detailed and more muscular.
We loved the Rega Brio-R enough to give it a Best Buy Award in 2012, and continued to look upon it fondly even as newer amplifiers stole its crown. It’s an upgrade in every way, from its redesigned features to its immensely engaging, precise and subtle sound. It’s the kind of amplifier we want to leave on and play our entire music collection through. Again and again.
And isn’t that what all good hi-fi is meant to do?" What Hi-Fi Magazine
Main Features & Specifications
- Design: Stereo Amplifier
- Power Output: 2 x 50 Watts RMS @ 8 Ohms.
- 2 x 73 Watts RMS RMS @ 4 Ohms
- Headphone Jack: Yes
- Phono Input: Yes - suits Moving Magnet Cartridge
- Inputs: 4 x Line Level (RCA)
- Outputs: 1 x Record Out
- Remote Control: Included
- Case: Solid custom manufactured case
- Detachable Power Cord: Allows for upgrade to better quality cord for improved audio performance.
- Finish: Black
- Dimensions (WxHxD): 216 x 78 x 345mm
- Nett Weight: 5.1kg
- Manufacturer's Warranty: 3 Years
Note: Features & Specifications Subject To Change Without Notice. E&OE.