Rega Elex-R Amplifier with Rega Planar 3 Turntable and Q Acoustic 3050 Speakers
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The Rega Elex-R Integrated Amplifier (Built-in Phono Stage)
We are very proud to announce the latest product from Rega Research. The Elex-R is a sublime blend of the Brio-R design with the power circuits and advanced phono stage of the Elicit-R. Rega’s engineers have achieved the perfect balance of power, control and dynamics, delivering a performance that always puts the music first. You will find plenty of connectivity options allowing complete flexibility and integration within the rest of the Rega range.
The Elex-R is built to the highest standard and designed to deliver the best possible audio performance whilst remaining simple to use and easy to setup.The Elex-R is built into the full width Rega case with increased heat dissipation, which along with a larger transformer enables the Elex-R to deliver 90 Watts per channel into 6Ω and 72.5 Watts per channel into a design centre rating of 8.
Our time, effort & money have been spent on developing the circuit and construction utilizing the highest specification of components throughout. As part of the design we have included useful features like pre-amplifier output, to enable the new Elex-R amplifier to be used in a wide combination of systems and have avoided superfluous gadgets such as tone controls or a headphone socket as they can obstruct the signal path and degrade the produced sound quality.
The Elex-R has been built to Rega’s extremely high standards of reliability and quality to ensure many years of musical enjoyment. The primary function of an amplifier is to boost and equalize the low level signal generated by a phono cartridge, DAC and CD player or other source component to a level that can drive the loudspeakers. It is vital that the amplifier achieves this whilst minimising distortion, as this would directly affect the music. The distortion level is typically 0.007%; just under the clipping of the output.
The volume control and pre-amplifier used in the Elex-R is designed to overcome the problems associated with the standard arrangement. This design uses a custom chip along with peripheral support IC’s like a microcontroller and a custom made rotary volume control.
The Elex-R uses a combined feedback and passive volume control, where the feedback and input levels are varied to set the required volume level. The level and tracking between the two channels is set by the close tolerance parts in the pre-amplifier circuit and less by the actual potentiometer itself, thus keeping the mismatch of channels due to volume control tracking irregularities to a minimum. As well as keeping tracking irregularities to a minimum, this method also reduces noise and input overload as the control will only ‘use’ the required gain to amplify the signal. This form of volume control is normally only found in professional broadcast environments where accurate low noise control of levels is required.
Power Amplifier Technology
The output amplifier used in the Elex-R, Elicit-R and Brio-R was born after extensive research by our engineers to develop a low source impedance emitter follower Class-A driver stage. This is based around a complementary pair of 150w Sanken Darlington output transistors. The technical and sonic improvement gained by the use of low impedance drivers is well known, however, it can feature high standing currents in the driver stage when using standard transistor configurations. By combining the low impedance driver with the Sanken Darlington transistors (with their imbedded thermal bias network running at a lower standing current) this combination forms a complementary emitter follower emulating Class-A conditions with good thermal stability with lower standing.
- Rega custom full width case with improved heat dissipation.
- Combined feedback & passive volume control pre-amp.
- 90 watts per channel into 6Ω / 72 watts into 8Ω .
- High specification integrated phono stage.
- New multi-lingual user manual.
- Enhanced power supplies for the driver stage. Hybrid of the Brio-R and Elicit-R designs.
- Dedicated mini remote handset included.
- Pre-amp out / Record out / 4 line inputs.
- New custom transformer.
The Rega Planar 3 Turntable
The new Rega Planar 3. Replacing the multi award winning Rega RP3 and five times What Hi-Fi? Product of the Year (RP3) was never going to be an easy task. It took the team of designers headed up by Rega's Roy Gandy, two years to develop the all new Rega Planar 3 tunrtable following the biggest re-design of the iconic 'three' model ever seen.
The team have worked tirelessly to improve every aspect of this turntable offering improved ergonomics, usability and first and foremost, sonic performance.The new Rega Planar 3 turntable is truly a new turntable for 2016 carrying over just two components from the previous model.
NEW FEATURES OF THE PLANAR THREE
RB330 tonearm - Designed using the latest 3D CAD & CAM technology, the new RB330 is the culmination of more than 35 years of tonearm design experience. Featuring a brand new bearing housing, and our latest tonearm tube designed using intelligent redistribution of mass ensure this arm will exhibit fewer points of possible resonance. Extreme stability with almost friction free movement from the new high precision bearing assemblies guarantees to gather more information from your vinyl than ever before.
Featuring a new bias assembly, re-designed stiffer vertical bearing housing, integrated arm clip and an improved spring housing with easier to read numbers. Rega made, new low capacitance phono cable with Neutrik plugs,
IMPROVED LOWER FRICTION, PRECISION HORIZONTAL AND VERTICAL BEARINGS
- New design 100g mild steel balance weight.
- Plinth - High gloss acrylic, laminated plinth, stiffer and vastly improved appearance, ergonomically positioned power switch.Two plinth finishes at launch: gloss black & gloss white
- Double braces - Improved thicker 3mm phenolic bottom brace and new metalised skin phenolic top brace.
- Bearing housing – Re-designed brass main hub central bearing, improved fit and construction reducing stress on the bearing itself.
- Sub platter - Re-designed sub platter, improved accuracy and improved stiffness.
- Platter - New float glass ‘Optiwhite’ polished rim 12mm – Improved accuracy in manufacture and stunning looks.
- Re-designed foot - New improved foot to increase stability and reduce vibration transfer.
- 24V motor - Improved new motor control PCB with integration for the addition of TT-PSU for electronic speed change and improved advanced anti-vibration circuit (sold separately).
- Motor cover tray with integrated cooling.
DB TECHNOLOGY (DOUBLE BRACE TECHNOLOGY)
"MASS ABSORBS ENERGY - LOST ENERGY EQUALS LOST MUSIC!"
Rega has pioneered the use of lightweight rigid plinths. Clever use of lightweight particulate core with a highly rigid phenolic resin skin became the foundations of the high level of performance achieved by the now iconic original Planar range.
The new Planar 3 takes this design philosophy to the next level. A lightweight acrylic laminated plinth strengthened using a new improved double brace system mounted specifically where the increased rigidity is required (between the tonearm mounting and the main hub bearing) which forms a structurally sound "stressed beam" assembly. This rigid plinth design prevents energy absorption and unwanted resonance, which will add unnatural distortions to the music.
Equally, heavier mass can transfer more unwanted energy, such as motor or bearing noise directly into the rotating record. The use of braces instead of the complete skin allows double thickness phenolic resin in these key areas while providing further weight reduction to the plinth which directly addresses the issue of mass absorption and unwanted energy transmission.
- Hand assembled RB330 tonearm.
- 24v low noise motor / 12mm float glass platter.
- Lightweight double braced plinth.
- Precision main bearing.
- Factory fitted Elys2 MM cartridge (optional).
- Compatible with the TT-PSU electronic speed change and power supply box (optional).
- Dimensions (lid closed) H 11.7 x W 44.7 x D 36 cm
- Weight 6kg
Q Acoustics 3050 Floorstanding Speakers
Visually striking in five beautiful finishes; including Lacquered Gloss Black, Lacquered Gloss White and ‘Leather effect’, the perfectly proportioned 3050 is the flagship of the new 3000 Series. Improved twin 165mm Aramid Fibre/Paper cone drivers deliver exceptional bass extension and midrange openness, whilst the new '2 in 1', Concentric Ring Dome tweeter adds astonishingly clear and smooth high frequencies. Performance is further enhanced, both sonically and aesthetically, by its integral steel 'outrigger' plinth with floor spikes.
The flagship 3050 is the perfect loudspeaker for larger rooms. It boasts the ultra-low levels of distortion, typically found of speakers costing three or four times its price. Not surprisingly, as a result it delivers truly unrivalled sound quality and value.
Enclosure type: 2-way reflex
Bass Unit: 2 x 165mm
Treble Unit: 25mm
Frequency Response: 44Hz - 22kHz
Nominal Impedance: 6ohm
Recommended Power: 25 - 100w
Crossover Frequency: 2.6kHz
Dimensions H/D/W mm: 1000 x 298 x 200
Sold in: Pairs
Warranty: 5 Years
3000 SERIES FINISHES
The appearance of the 3000 Series makes a striking design statement. As well as traditional ‘Matte Graphite’ and ‘American Walnut’ finishes; for a small extra cost, the 3000 models are available in beautiful ‘Lacquered Gloss Black’, ‘Lacqered Gloss White’ and ‘Leather effect’ finish.