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Save on B-Grade Rega IO and Brio Amplifiers




Rega Research is a company that enjoys being different. Never one to sheepishly follow convention, it stands almost completely alone among major hi-fi companies in its commitment to UK manufacturing. After months of massive demand and constant manufacture at a recent stock take Rega unearthed a quantity of IO and Brio cases that were originally rejected by their QC team as having very minor flaws. Faced with several options they decided that they would not simply bin them as they were close to perfect as well as being bad for the environment, nor would they spray them silver and call them "limited edition" as they felt that this was bad for their impeccable credibility. Instead they would build them and market them as "B-Grade", giving you an opportunity to own a fantastic Rega amplifier at a discounted price. 




Rega IO 


The IO amplifier is designed with every music lover in mind. Simple to setup and operate the io is designed to integrate seamlessly into any hi-fi system. Designed and handmade in England, delivering unmatched build quality and audio performance at a truly unbeatable price

The compact size allows it to be used in a variety of systems and delivers a performance well beyond its price point. As you would expect, there is a high quality built in moving magnet phono stage, two line level inputs, a new design remote control handset and high quality headphone output that is cleverly integrated to deliver optimum performance without compromising the audio circuit. All of these features combine to deliver a powerful, well balanced musical performance at an incredible price.

Importantly the io uses the same power amplifier and phono stage as its larger brother the multi-award winning Brio. The io aims to deliver exceptional sound quality in a smaller and more cost effective package whilst still utilising high quality audio components not expected at this price point.

The class A/B circuit shares its DNA with the rest of Rega’s amplifiers, and as usual great care has been taken in component selection. Their engineers have used Sanken output transistors, an Alps volume potentiometer and a linear power supply that enables an output of 30 watts per channel into 8 ohms. Two line level inputs and a high quality moving magnet phono input are available for sources. There is a headphone output provided on the front of the unit for powering standard hi-fi headphones; this is driven from the power amplifier stage of the unit through relays to avoid signal degradation when headphones are inserted or the product is muted.


RRP £420 - NOW £319 - SAVE £101


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Rega Brio

The 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.

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.

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.

Unlike the previous model 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. Rega have paid special attention to the switch that deactivates the main speakers to minimise any loss in the audio chain.


RRP £700 - NOW £479 - SAVE £221


VIEW B-GRADE STOCK HERE





All Rega products carry a lifetime warranty against manufacturer defects.

Every product they make is designed and assembled in the UK to the highest possible standard. This warranty covers genuine confirmed manufacture defects. This warranty does not cover wear and tear. Any unauthorised modifications or failure to follow the Rega recommended guidelines may invalidate the warranty.


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