Rega DAC and Brio-R review


Rega Research, based in Westcliff-on-Sea, Southend was founded in 1973 and was located in an old mill that was later expanded to a fully functional hifi-factory. The last thirty years they have been building their road to success with a philosophy of quality products at decent price levels. They wish to make products that recreate music as correctly as possible. Their catalogue contains record players, phono amps, cd-players, amplifiers and even speakers.

We test the DAC and the Brio-R amplifier, but there are also a couple of new products that have won several international awards. The RP6 turntable with RB303 arm which, despite its attractive price tag, delivers an exceptional performance with solid and reliable quality. Same with the Apollo-R cd player. This cd player has the same housing as our test models, and is available in both black and white (safir). As an added bonus, it also enjoys earlier developments that were developed during the production of Rega’s flagship, the Isis.

Good Things

  • Simple but efficient finish, small form factor
  • Impressive sound and stable power produced by the amp for this price category
  • A wide range of connection possibilities

Bad Things

  • The remote control has a tendency to 'sleep' sometimes, and it might take some time to react
  • For vinyllovers: the mass connection is at the bottom of the device

The Breakdown

Price-Quality ratio
Build quality

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