Rega Brio R Mk II Award Winning Integrated Amplifier w/Phono input
Now in its sixth generation (the original Brio first launched in 1991), the new Brio feels both familiar and completely new.
The new Brio has been revamped throughout, from an updated circuit board layout to the swooped front-panel design that’s reminiscent of early ’90s Brios. Every tweak to the circuits and power supply has been made to help isolation and keep the main signal path as clear as possible, leading to better overall sound quality. There are now two separate power supplies in the Brio: the bigger for the power amplifier section, the smaller for the phono stage and preamplifier.
Rega continues to keep things simple and analogue-only with the Brio, including a moving-magnet phono stage that’s designed to work harmoniously with the company's own Planar turntables. Around the back you’ll find four line-level inputs, the phono-stage inputs, and a pair of outputs for recording. A single pair of speaker terminals is also present
The half-width design’s return is welcome – it looks smart and is ideal for those with limited space. But there’s more going on than simple cosmetics.
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.
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.
Brand new 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.
Specifications Input sensitivities for rated output level: Input 1 (phono) input sensitivity = 2.1mV at 47KΩ in parallel with 220pF. Maximum Input 1 (phono) input level = 100mV Input 2-5 (line) input sensitivity = 210mV at 47kΩ Maximum input 2-5 (line) input level = 10.25V
Power outputs at 230/115V supply voltage: 50 Watts RMS both channels driven into the rated load of 8Ω 58 Watts RMS one channel driven into the rated load of 8Ω 73 Watts RMS both channels driven into the rated load of 4Ω 93 Watts RMS one channel driven into the rated load of 4Ω
Continued high level use into 4Ω may cause the case to exceed 40° C above the ambient temperature.
Power consumption: 195 Watts at 230V/220V/115V/100V into the rated load of 8Ω
Record output level:Record output level (with rated input levels) = 210Mv. Record output impedance = 470Ω
Frequency response: Phono 15Hz to 40KHz (-3dB Points) / 27Hz to 20.5KHz (-1dB Points) RIAA accuracy (100Hz to 10KHz) ± 0.4dB typically better than ± 0.3dB Line 12Hz (-1dB points) to 43KHz (-3dB points) Remote control batteries included – 2 x AAA Alkaline. Dimensions: 345mm (D) -inc volume control x 216mm (W) x 78mm (H)