Rega Apheta 3 Moving Coil (MC) Phono Cartridge

MC Turntable CartridgeSKU: R-APHETA-3

Price:
$2,699

Description

  • Fine line profile nude diamond stylus
  • Iron micro cross assembly
  • Ultra high powered custom Neodymium magnet
  • High specification wire
  • Aluminium CNC machined one piece body
  • Lifetime warranty against manufacture defects

Rega’s Moving Coil cartridge design is unique in its approach to achieving an ultra-low mass generator which is undamped (no tie wire) using a unique rhomboid pivot for the cantilever powered by a purpose designed, exclusive to Rega, Neodymium magnet system. This type of design requires a zero-tolerance engineered cartridge body which is Rega’s area of expertise and with the Apheta 3 these bodies are machined from one piece of the highest quality aluminium. This is a difficult and expensive process requiring all of Rega’s years of experience to achieve. In particular, the “zero” tolerancing of the body is required in the alignment and dimension of the pivot pad mounting hole and the magnet mechanism mounting hole relationship.

Conventional MC cartridges utilise a steel suspension system (tie wire) which creates a high amplitude H.F. resonance (normally around 8-12 kHz). Such resonance is unacceptable and is usually damped by a rudimentary piece of foam rubber. However, the foam rubber deteriorates with age and cannot prevent the complete structure from vibrating and “ringing”. The specifics and adjustment of the tie wire and damping determine whether the cartridge is under damped (bright) or over damped (warm and bass heavy). A happy medium is rarely achieved. This encouraged Rega to pursue a new direction inspired by modern materials and the basic laws of magnetism. The Apheta 3 contains neither a tie wire nor a foam damper. Moving coil aficionados will all recognise the long search for super clear, high frequency combined with firm, tight bass, characteristics all Rega moving coils exhibit.


  • Tracking Pressure 1.9 - 2.0 g
  • Input Load Impedance 100 Ω
  • Output Impedance 10 Ω
  • Nominal Output Voltage 350 μV
  • Channel Balance ≥ 20 μV
  • Separation ≥ -29 dB
  • Mass 6 g


LOAD SETTINGS FOR ADJUSTABLE MC STAGES

  • Impedance 100 Ω
  • Capacitance 1000 pF
  • Gain Setting High ('On' position for Rega phono stages)

Since humble beginnings back in 1973 Rega’s initial success was built upon award-winning tonearms and turntables but Rega has been making complete hi-fi systems since the eighties.

Engineering has always been the beating heart of Rega Research, a company obsessed with specialist materials, tolerances and accuracy.

From day one every Rega product has been designed to achieve the best musical performance and deliver a lifetime of musical enjoyment at an affordable price.

To this day, Rega remains a dedicated British manufacturer and now employs over 140 people selling to 46 different countries.

We manufacture a vast range of hi-fi products including amplifiers, phono stages, cartridges, CD players, loudspeakers, and a wide range of accessories to name but a few. Rega designs and assembles every product by hand in our custom-built 38,000 square foot facility in the South East of England, using a team of highly trained and highly skilled technicians who take great pride in the work they do.

So confident are we in our ability, Rega offers a lifetime warranty against manufacture defects on every single product we make.

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